There are many sites to see in Wyoming and many different ways to experience these sites. You can venture out on your own but there’s something to be said for taking a guided tour. Besides, professional tour guides can give you the inside scoop so you can learn about all the fascinating tidbits behind Wyoming’s history and culture. Even if you have been to these places 100 times, I guarantee you will discover some new tidbit that you were unaware of. Just viewing the sites with the naked eye and no background knowledge isn’t quite the same.
1. Wyoming State Capitol Tour
The Wyoming State Capitol is the seat of government for the state of Wyoming. It contains the chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature and the office of the Governor. It was completed in 1890 and designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. One of the highlights of the tour is the stained glass in the domed ceiling. Located in downtown Cheyenne, the capitol is open to the public during business hours Monday-Friday. Guided tours are available by appointment.
2. Wild Horse Tour
Wyoming is home to the second largest wild horse population in the nation. The McCullough Peaks area is home to some rather unique horses. These wild mustangs are believed to be descendants of Buffalo Bill's horses that were used in the Wild West Show. Daily guided tours are available in the summer. There's nothing that reminds you anymore of the west than wild horses running free and wild in the open landscape.
3. Scenic Boat Tour Of Bighorn Canyon
Here's a little known national treasure you won't want to miss. Bighorn Canyon is the third largest canyon in the United States. The tour of the Bighorn Canyon leaves from Horshoe Bend Marina near Lovell and travels 16 miles up into the canyon to Devil's Canyon and back. You will learn about the history of the canyon, catch glimpses of wildlife and be in awe of the canyon walls and cliffs. Touring the Bighorn Canyon by boat is an amazing experience.
4. Wyoming Frontier Prison Tour
The Wyoming Frontier Prison is Wyoming's first state penitentiary. The prison housed prisoners from 1901 to 1981. Inside are grizzly reminders of prison conditions and execution methods. Their tour season runs from the end of May to the beginning of September and are offered daily 7 days a week, every hour on the half hour. They offer a night tour during the month of July and also haunted Halloween tours. The prison has a profound effect on anyone who visits. The prison is located at 500 West Walnut in Rawlins.
5. Red Desert Tour
A desert in Wyoming? Yes, Red Desert is located in south-central Wyoming and runs 108 miles between Rawlins and Rock Springs. While you may think of this area as barren land, there is actually some fascinating flora and fauna to be found. The habitat mostly consists of sagebrush, some wildlife and other sensitive species. Some natural features you don't want to miss are the Great Divide Basin and the Killpecker Sand Dunes which is the largest living dune system in the United States. Different organizations offer various hiking and driving tours throughout the year.
6. Wildlife Safari Tour
Wyoming is so rich with wildlife, a safari is a "must-do tour" while in the area. It's also a safe way to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Most of the wildlife tours explore Jackson Hole, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park areas. On these tours, you might see bears, bison, elk, moose and a whole host of other animals. You can choose between multi-day tours and daily tours. This is a fun, safe and exciting way to explore local wildlife.
7. Tour de Wyoming
Tour de Wyoming is an annual bike tour which is put on by Cycle Wyoming. This is a great way to see certain aspects of the landscape that you might miss in a car. It's a 6-day tour throughout Wyoming with a route that is different every year. The tour is for all skill levels and provides rest stops along the route, transportation for your luggage and indoor and outdoor overnight camping options.
8. Cody Ghost Tour
There are several ghost tours offered throughout the state but the one in Cody is particularly effective. The tour takes you through 100 years of history where murders, mysterious deaths and unexplained disappearances have occurred in the dark alleys and historic buildings. You will hear stories of actual events that deal with unexplained phenomena, sightings of full apparitions and disembodied voices coming from certain buildings in town. The Ghost Tour of Laramie City is another worthwhile tour to check out if you dare.
9. Wyoming Ghost Town Tour
How about a tour to an isolated ghost town? The ghost town of Kirwin is located southwest of Meeteetse. This area was once inhabited by gold and silver prospectors. Kirwin's population at one time reached around 200. In 1907, a huge avalanche blanketed the area killing three. After that, residents began abandoning the town. Many of the buildings and equipment left behind are still there today. Tours are offered daily from June to August and leave from Cody for an all day adventure.
10. Wyoming Whiskey Tour
Here's an interesting tour. You can find a Wyoming Whiskey Tour in the Big Horn Basin. Here, you can learn how handcrafted bourbon is made and enjoy a taste of Wyoming's whiskey. A tour guide will take you through the distillery to see the milling of locally grown grains to fermentation and finally to distillation. From there, you head on over to the warehouse to learn about the maturation process. Tours are offered Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour. The Wyoming Whiskey Distillery is located at 100 South Nelson in Kirby.
11. Jackson Hole Food Tour
How would you like to enjoy a culinary experience in Jackson, Wyoming? The Jackson Hole Food Tour is a 3- hour walking tour where you can explore some of the best restaurants in the area. You will get to sample elk, buffalo, Wyomatoe and much more. You will also get a local's perspective on the best places to eat and drink while in Jackson. It's a fun way to explore history through food. The tour starts at 180 W Simpson in Jackson.
12. Scenic Air Tours
Everybody should see Wyoming from the air. A scenic air tour of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton Mountain Range truly is the adventure of a lifetime. The scenery from the air is absolutely spectacular.
13. Trolley Tour Of Cheyenne
Trolley tours are a great way to see Cheyenne and the Wild West. On this tour, you will see Cheyenne's most interesting sites and historic buildings topped off with an educational narration. You'll get to see where gunfights occurred and where Wild Bill Hickok was married, along with old steam engines and the homes of the cattle barons. This is a great way to see the ins and outs of Cheyenne.
14. Yellowstone Tour
Yellowstone is so large that it's nice to have a guide to help you make the most of your time so you can hit all the highlights in the park. If you don't have more than one day to spend in Yellowstone, then Yellowstone In A Day tour is a great option.
15. Segway Tour Of Sheridan
Segway tours are a fun and relaxing way to tour the town of Sheridan. The segway is a great way to minimize the stress of a long walking tour. The tour typically lasts about 2 hours and hits some of the major sites in and around the town.