When many think of Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is the first place to come to mind. It was the first national park and certainly one of the more famous ones. I would highly recommend visiting Yellowstone as part of any Wyoming itinerary, but there is so much more to see. This article will be your basic guide to visiting Wyoming. This itinerary can be performed in any order based on which direction you enter Wyoming from. Summer is the most enjoyable season to visit Wyoming, unless you are planning a skiing trip.
The Laramie area is full of wonderful sites to see. If you are into history, I would recommend a stop at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. The prison’s claim to fame is that it held many famous western outlaws including Butch Cassidy. Laramie is also home to the University of Wyoming and its many museums including the recently renovated Geology museum which is home to a full T-Rex skeleton. Laramie is also home to many hikes and natural beauty. The Snowy Range is 30 minutes West of town and is a gorgeous alpine setting. Vedauwoo Recreation area is 15 minutes East of town and its rock formations will amaze you. Curt Gowdy State Park, as well as the recreation areas, offer hundreds of miles of pristine mountain biking trails.
Recommended Food and Drink in downtown Laramie:
Sweet Melissa’s Vegetarian Restaurant
Altitude Steakhouse and Brewery
After leaving Laramie, drive Northeast to find the landscape dominated by Devil’s Tower. Devil’s Tower is located just off the scenic Highway 14 spur where you are likely to see many forms of wildlife including herds of antelope and elk. If you are into camping, there is a KOA near Devil’s Tower. After leaving Devil’s tower, it is time to head West.
On your way West, drive through the scenic Bighorn National Forest and onto Thermopolis,Wyoming. Here you can visit Hot Springs State Park and soak in a relaxing hot spring for a day. After you are done relaxing, head South to Lander. Lander is set near the picturesque Wind River Range which is home to the highest peak in Wyoming, Gannett Peak. Also located near Lander is Sinks Canyon State Park which features a unique underground river. After enjoying the sites of the Wind River Range, head Northwest to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson, Wyoming has plenty of restaurants, hotels and other tourists fares for you to enjoy as well as access to these National Parks.