Wyoming December 16, 2018
12 Places In Wyoming That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
Wyoming is the best state in America, but that’s no surprise to those who live here. For anyone who needs a little convincing, check out these 12 spots in the Cowboy State that will prove that the best places in Wyoming are the best places on Earth.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Jenny Lake at sunrise.
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Yes, it's cliche, but cliches exist for a reason. At least once in your life, camp at Jenny Lake and walk to the lake itself for a sunrise you will never, ever forget.
2. The Lamar Valley
Wyoming's Lamar Valley has truly earned the nickname "Serengeti of North America". This incredible wildlife habitat shows off bison, wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, and even the occasional mountain lion. Combined with antelope, moose, and elk, plus a whole lot of small mammals, it's one of the most ecologically diverse areas on Earth.
3. The Red Desert & Killpecker Sand Dunes
One of only a few whistling dunes in the world, the Killpecker Sand Dunes are a bucket list item for many Wyomingites. This remote location is hidden in the heart of Wyoming, but it is so worth visiting.
4. The Flaming Gorge
The Flaming Gorge was carved by the Green River over millions and millions of years. Today, it's a stunning geologic wonder that will take your breath away - and you can visit without worrying about crowds.
Buffalo is one town that still feels like the Wild West. Visit during Longmire Days or on a quiet weekend to dine at the historic Occidental hotel and stroll through a quaint western town that will capture your heart.
Read more about this funky little town here
6. The Beartooth Highway
The best drive in the country is right here in Wyoming. The Beartooth Highway straddles the Absaroka Range as it winds through Montana and Wyoming on an adventure you will never forget.
7. The Cloud Peak Wilderness
When you really want to get away, head to the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The hike to Misty Moon Lake will become one of your all-time favorites.
8. Devils Tower
Devils Tower is a mysterious geologic feature in eastern Wyoming, and it's one of the most interesting places on earth. Surrounded by legends of divine creation, intergalactic meddling, and even plain ol' ghosts, it's well known that strange things happen here. Visit to see the oddities for yourself, and
read one of the legends here
The trails around Wyoming's Vedauwoo are easy to hike, and the sights you'll see will capture your attention. Some of the oldest rock on the planet Earth formed these outcroppings, billions of years ago. Today, it's a great place for climbing, camping, and exploring.
Thermopolis is one of the most unique towns in the world. Set adjacent to the world's largest mineral hot springs, it's easy to warm up here! You'll also find Wyoming's Dinosaur Museum here, and plenty of active dig sites nearby.
11. The Big Horn Medicine Wheel
The sacred Medicine Wheel on Medicine Mountain is a traditional Native American holy site that has been preserved for thousands of years. Today, anyone can visit, but please be respectful and leave no trace.
Read more about this stunning monument here
12. Fossil Butte, Kemmerer
Fossil Butte is another impossibly old Wyoming landmark. You'll find plenty of fossil digging excursions leaving from Kemmerer, and if you plan your trip right, you'll come home with fossil fish of your own. Sure, Disney World might have their signature Mouse Ears, but we think a ten million year old fossil is a much cooler souvenir.
What do you think is the best place in Wyoming? Tell us in the comments below!