The state of Wyoming, better known as ‘The Equality State’ is the least populated state in the USA, making it a great place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, or for family vacations where you can spend some real quality time together in the Great Outdoors. Located in the Rocky Mountains region, its vast mountains, desert and plains ensure it’s a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts. From Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, our travel guide is packed with insider tips to help you make the most of your vacation to Wyoming.
Whether your idea of the perfect holiday is camping, hiking, or canoeing in a national park, skiing at some of the top ski resorts in North America, or seeing Hot Springs, geysers and mud pots, you’ll find it all in the state of Wyoming. Wyoming travel has something for everyone, from historic ghost towns and Indian reservations to bustling cities and national parks
Wind River Indian Reservation – For the best way to experience contemporary Native American culture and find out more about Wyoming’s Indian heritage, visit this reservation that’s home to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
Old Faithful – This is the most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park. It erupts semi-regularly so for the best chances of seeing it, ask at the Visitor Center for the estimated eruption times. Expect to be part of a big crowd as it’s always busy here, even in the winter months.
Devils Tower National Monument – Designated the first national monument in the USA, this 500-foot high monolith is the core of an ancient volcano on the edge of the Black Hills. It’s most famous for featuring as the spot where the aliens and humans met in Stephen Spielberg’s movie ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’
1. Yellowstone National Park – America’s first national park, Yellowstone covers an impressive 3,472 square miles and is packed with geysers, hot springs and mud pots. Spot black and grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, and bighorn sheep, go fishing on Yellowstone Lake, explore Mammoth Hot Springs, or head for the Yellowstone Caldera supervolcano.
2. Jackson Hole – Jackson Hole Wyoming is the gateway to Grand Teton National Park, but it’s also where you’ll find some of the best skiing in North America during the winter. Head for Snow King Mountain Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for skiing or snowboarding, and make sure you check out the National Elk Refuge while you’re here.
3. Grand Teton National Park – This national park in the Rocky Mountains attracts climbers, skiers and hikers all year round. With its alpine lakes, mountains and diverse wildlife, you can canoe along the Snake River to see ospreys and eagles, check out Native American artifacts at Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum, or take a hike to Hidden Falls.
The best time to visit Wyoming really depends on the part of the state you’re headed to. Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole are best visited from April to May and September to November, when there are fewer crowds and generally milder weather. If you’re heading to Grand Teton National Park, come between mid-May and late September to ensure all the park’s activities and trails and open. The summer months can be hot (with temperatures peaking at around 85-95°F) and busy with families heading off on summer vacation, but it’s cooler in the mountains.
Because towns in Wyoming are so spread out, you’ll need a car to make the most of your trip here. In some parts of the state you may need a four-wheel drive vehicle. Wyoming has three main Interstates: I-80 crosses the state from east to west, I-90 runs from the South Dakota border to Sheridan and Montana, and I-25 crosses the state from north to south.