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Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park

I'll remember Wyoming for its wide blue (usually!) skies, huge empty landscapes, dramatic scenery in a multitude of hues, friendly people and fascinating wildlife.

We went there to see the famous national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and these were certainly among the highlights of our trip, but we discovered that the state had a lot more to offer.

For a start, Wyoming is a great place to see wildlife, including the wonderful bison in Yellowstone, plus elk, moose, grizzlies and much more. And if you want to visit somewhere that epitomises the romantic notion of the wild west frontier, Wyoming could be the place. It was once home to Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Kid Curry and Buffalo Bill, among others, and their legends live on in places like Cody and Sundance.

You can also find haunting memories of the Oregon Trail pioneers, particularly in the southeast corner of the state. And do make sure you get off the beaten path if driving - check out the various scenic byways and make the most of that stunning landscape!

Our itinerary

Our route took us in a loop, with the main places we visited being:

Laramie
- friendly university town with a welcoming vibe and an interesting museum
Lander
- good place to break our journey, with a great value hotel and really good beer at the local microbrewery
Grand Teton National Park
- fantastic mountain scenery and a memorable anniversary dinner
Yellowstone
- rightly on everyone’s must-see list, and it didn’t disappoint
Cody
- great Western town with an excellent museum and the equally good Old Trail Town for memories of Butch & Sundance
The Big Horn mountains and Sheridan
- the accommodation "find" of the trip at Spahn’s B&B and a very different side to wild Wyoming
The Devil's Tower
- another must-see and a place with a very unique atmosphere
Sundance
- where the Kid got his name!
a detour into South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse
- sculpture on a grand scale and an impressive undertaking
then back into Wyoming and to Lusk
- on the route of the Deadwood-Cheyenne stage, surrounded by some of the emptiest landscapes and biggest, bluest skies
Torrington
– in the heart of Wyoming’s history on the old Oregon Trail
Cheyenne
- the state’s capital, though one of the smallest in the country

Rather than cover all of these in detail on this page, I've created individual pages and tips on all these places - follow the links to check these out. The tips on this page are just the general thoughts I've had about visiting Wyoming, so do please visit my other pages if you want the full picture!

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  • Pros:Wonderful scenery and room to enjoy it, plus fascinating history
  • In a nutshell:Big skies and big landscapes
  • Last visit to Wyoming: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Dec 24, 2011
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 5:25 AM

    Lake Bellamy looks like a stunner. Nice idea with the planning links too. Could almost make Yellowstone/Tetons one park but then it would be bigger than Europe. ;) Tetons is often overlooked, perhaps the greatest hiking park in US.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    5-star tips all the way Sarah! Wyoming is beautiful and I want to see more of it than just a touchdown at Casper's airport! Excellent photos and you are correct about how neat it is walk a bit in Butch Cassidy's shadow!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    What a magic landscape this is! And your car had just the perfect colour to fit to these red rocks :-)

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Wyoming is one of the most beautiful places in the Rockies I discovered as a kid in Wild West movies; you made here a very nice introduction to the natural beauties. And thanks for bringing back souvenirs, Sarah

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 6:19 AM

    Excellent tips with beautiful photos and helpful links. I lived in Wyoming for a year as a young man. Things haven't changed much since then in this natural, empty state. Great links.

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Lake Bellamy looks gorgeous!

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    A great Wyoming page, with links to a number of other wonderfully done pages.

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 5:59 AM

    looking forward to visit Wyoming next summer

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 5:42 AM

    Those sites are a big help.. Yellowstone is on my wish list :) We have just got a new camera 400 SLR - a Canon, with a 55m and a 200mm lens... just in time for out holiday - lots of game and birds!!! :)))

  • Edla's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 10:53 PM

    Nice job girl!!!

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