Today Morgan from The Misadventures of Morgan is sharing her favorite things to do in Wyoming. Since I’m dying to go to Yellowstone National Park to visit Old Faithful, this post couldn’t have come at a better time. Enjoy!
When I was younger, I was utterly confused by the amount of people who would flock to Wyoming during their summer vacation. Having grown up in the state, I found it to be quite flat and boring. It wasn’t until I had moved away for a while that I realized how great the Cowboy State actually is. Classic case of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. Now that I’m back home, every weekend consists of a fun getaway to somewhere nearby. This is a state that I think everyone should experience at least once in his or her life. Yes, that means you! Are you ready to plan your perfect Wyoming weekend?
Wyoming is a pretty large state. With over 97,000 square miles of land, there is quite a lot to take in. Luckily enough, I’ve done a bit of traversing around and have figured out a few of my favorite places that I think would be perfect for a weekend getaway.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
This has got to be one of my favorite places in the country. While it stretches over both Idaho and Montana as well, the largest portion of the park is found in Wyoming. Yellowstone offers a huge amount of wildlife, landscape, and geothermic activity for you to explore. The great thing about the park is that it offers so many ways to get outdoors! You can hike, camp, boat, fish, drive through herds of bison, and even participate in a snowmobile tour during the winter! It’s a great way to get in touch with nature all while learning about the importance of land conservation at the same time.
Favorite Activity: Old Faithful. As Yellowstone is home to the world’s largest collection of geysers (over 300!), it would be an absolute shame to miss out on the most famous of them all. Old Faithful erupts every 91 minutes, making it the most predictable geographical features on the planet.
Bonus: Yellowstone is also a massive volcano. The largest on the continent. So that is pretty dang cool.
Okay, so this is the town that I grew up in, but hear me out! Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, but with only around 60,000 inhabitants you are still able to get a country vibe with the conveniences of a city. The best time for tourists to visit Cheyenne would be the last two weeks of July. That is when Cheyenne hosts the world’s largest outdoor rodeo: Cheyenne Frontier Days. This is the perfect weekend getaway for those looking for a bit of rodeo and nightlife excitement. You can spend your day at the Native American Village learning about the many tribes that once roamed the Great Plains, or spend your time at the carnival enjoying the many rides and food vendors scattered across the midway. Every day there is a large rodeo featuring some of the best riders and ropers in the country. Every night there is a concert ranging from classic country to old school rock ‘n’ roll. If you aren’t so much for hiking but like to relax with a cold beer and good music, Cheyenne is your perfect Wyoming weekend location.
Favorite Activity: During each rodeo they have a wild horse race. Dozens of teams of cowboys are each given their own wild horse (absolutely never been ridden), which they have to saddle and ride one lap around the arena. The first one at the finish line wins!
Bonus: Cheyenne Frontier Days was founded in 1897 and attracts nearly 200,000 people every year! What are you waiting for?
This beautiful national monument is not only a geological wonder, but it has a deep history with the Native American tribes that occupied the Northeastern corner of Wyoming. The story I was told as a child was one of a group of girls who were being chased by an extremely large bear. The girls ran to escape from the bear and climbed on top of a rock where they began to pray to be saved. Their prayers were heard and the rock began to grow up and up and up into the air with the girls on the very top. The bear began to claw the sides of the rock trying to get to them but it became too steep for him to climb. Once the rock reached the sky, the girls were turned into stars and were safely away from the bear forever. However, scientists actually believe Devil’s Tower probably eroded away over time from a much larger rock. This theory is quite less exciting but probably a bit more accurate. If you love the outdoors, paying a visit to Devil’s Tower is perfect for you! There are many miles of hiking land as well as the opportunity to scale up the rock itself! The surrounding area also boasts many dude ranches where you can take a guided horse ride in the forests surrounding the tower. This is a relaxing area where you can learn a little Native American folklore or try your hand at the cowboy lifestyle, all while having the beautiful Devils Tower in a picturesque background setting.
Favorite Activity: Hiking around the base of the tower. This thing is ridiculously tall, 1267 feet, so the couple hour hike around the base is unreal. Especially when you see the tiny little people free-climbing their way to the top.
Bonus: There were many names for this monument before one was decided: Bear’s House, Bear’s Lair, Home of Bears, Bear’s Lodge, Bear’s Lodge Butte, Bear’s Tipi, and even Grizzly Bear Lodge. In the end however, they ditched any mention of ‘bear’ and decided on Devil’s Tower.
Wyoming is a vast landscape with some beautiful peaks and fantastic valleys. It is definitely the ideal vacation spot for those with a little bit of love for the outdoors. If you are up for an outdoor adventure keep the places mentioned above in mind for your next outing! The Cowboy State is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. And I’ll be here to welcome you with open arms!
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