Wyoming August 17, 2016
9 Ways To Fall In Love With Wyoming All Over Again
Anyone who’s called Wyoming home knows that it can steal your heart almost instantly. The towering mountains, geological wonders, and stretches of pure frontier never cease to inspire awe. Sometimes it’s easy to look past all this natural beauty and take for granted Wyoming’s defining characteristics. If you’re looking for ways to fall in love with the Cowboy State all over again, here are some ways to rekindle your state pride.
1. Stay at the world-famous Occidental Hotel
The historic Occidental Hotel was built in 1880 and continues to stand as the pinnacle of Western hospitality. Some of its famous guests include Ernest Hemingway, Teddy Roosevelt, and Buffalo Bill Cody. You'll feel like a true Western pioneer after a night or two in this famous accommodation.
2. Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
There's really no need to make the trek down to Arizona when Wyoming has its own version of the Grand Canyon. This magnificent site is the first canyon that appears along the Yellowstone River and includes one of the most breathtaking falls in all the park.
3. Take the hike around Jenny Lake
No matter how many times you've visited Jenny Lake, it just doesn't get any less spectacular. The Jenny Lake trail spans for a little over 7 miles and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons you can imagine.
4. Visit Devil's Tower
Devil's Tower is one of the most iconic visions of Wyoming's landscape. Not only is it a unique geological feature, but it also holds sacred meaning to Native American culture.
5. Drive into Cody, the "Rodeo Cowboy Capital of the World"
It comes as no surprise that a town named after Buffalo Bill would embrace its Western roots. A quick trip into Cody will provide visitors with all the charm of the Old West, including museums, restaurants, and breathtaking scenery. Cody also happens to be one of the closest towns to Yellowstone, making it a true iconic vision of Wyoming.
6. Hike Mt. Wasburn
The ascent to Mt. Washburn can be made in a 6-mile round trip, and provides a stunning panoramic of the surrounding landscape. There are plenty of switchbacks to cut back on the climb, but you can expect this to be quite a hike. You can also expect to see plenty of wildlife along the trip.
7. Visit a true Wyoming ranch
Wyoming's ranches are some of the most pristine stretches of land in the state. While most of these are privately owned, tours can be arranged and are the perfect reminders of how precious and resourceful the land is.
8. Watch the eruption of Old Faithful
Sure, it may seem like a cliche activity, but witnessing the eruption of Old Faithful is truly awe-inspiring. And you can take pride in knowing this phenomenon in your own back yard is something people from all over the world travel to see.
9. Go for a weekend camping trip
Last but not least, a good old fashioned camping trip is sure to restore your love for Wyoming and its great outdoors. There's nothing quite like spending the night under a night sky so clear, you can see millions of stars.
It’s no secret that Wyoming is a wonderful state, and these suggestions just scratch the surface. Which activities would you add to the list? We’d love to hear from you!