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Jackson, Wyoming. Street with old houses, bicycles and cars (photo via Riderolga / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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The State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (photo via benkrut / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Wyoming is wide open spaces, wilderness, the American West. It’s home to two national parks, dozens of dude ranches and lots of cowboy and Native American history and culture. And it’s a place to explore nature and find adventure.

The most popular region in this western state is the northwest, where Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are located, attracting millions of visitors every year. Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the United States’ first National Park. It’s home to a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. It also features hot springs and geysers, including Old Faithful. Within the adjacent Grand Teton are wildlife, glacial lakes, verdant valleys and majestic mountains, including the jagged, vertical Teton Range.

Accommodations and dining are available in several nearby towns, like Cody. Located 52 miles from Yellowstone’s east entrance, the town was founded by its namesake, Buffalo Bill Cody, and features attractions like the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, with five museums, and the Old Trail Town and Museum of the Old West, with 26 authentic frontier buildings, including one used by Butch Cassidy.

Colorful sunset at Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park, WY (photo via Dean_Fikar / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Colorful sunset at Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (photo via Dean_Fikar / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

This region also features Jackson Hole, a playground for skiers and snowboarders during winter, and for hikers, mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, golfers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts during summer. There is a variety of slopeside and in-town lodging and dining options.

In Southeast Wyoming, Cheyenne is the state’s largest city and capital. The city sits on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, 90 miles north of Denver, Colorado. Here, visitors find rodeos, ranches, historic hotels, and western food, entertainment, art and artifacts. Visitors can relive America’s frontier days via a slew of attractions, including the Nelson Museum of the West, with cowboy and Native American exhibits, and the Cowgirls of the West Museum, as well as art galleries, western shows, and shopping for authentic western wear and other items.

With so many ranches, lakes and rivers in Wyoming, visitors who love prime steaks and fresh fish can’t go wrong when dining out. The selection ranges from casual fare at old-style saloons to “Western High Style” cuisine at fine-dining establishments.

Located minutes from Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Airport in Cody is served year-round by Delta Connection and United Express. Further South, Jackson Hole Airport is served by six national and regional airlines, as well as several rental car companies. In addition, AllTrans offers shuttle service to Teton Village and Jackson, and taxi and limousine services are available. Cheyenne Regional Airport, located two miles from downtown, is served by American Eagle and Great Lakes Airline, with car rentals available. You can also fly into Denver International Airport and drive to Cheyenne.

Winter in Wyoming is cold, with frequent strong winds and snow, creating good ski and snowboard conditions in the mountains. During the summer high season, the state’s weather is mild. Temperatures vary across the state, depending on topography and elevation, but generally speaking, summer daytime temperatures run in the 70s and 80s.