The home of the cowboys and the first national park in the whole world has enough natural landscapes to explore for weeks or months. In fact, even locals will always have new corners to discover, as this state simply has so many treasures. Here is a sample itinerary that allows you to capture the highlights in a shorter amount of time.
Day 1: Arrival and Drive to Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area
Take the time to rest and gather energy as you will need it the next days. Still, enjoy the drive along the Bighorns Scenic Byway with its breathtaking views.
Day 2: Bighorn Canyon
This canyon is the 3rd largest in the country and while it is lesser-known, it will really take your breath away. Instead of just seeing it from above, arrange a scenic boat tour to appreciate it more.
Day 3: Cody
Cody is the rodeo capital of the whole world, where they have a rodeo every summer night. While there, you can explore the land and lifestyle of the cowboys and a real western town. Start off with the Cody Firearms Experience before learning more about the history of the American West in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. While you might find the story of the cowboys interesting, the Native American exhibits are also very educational.
Day 4: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is surely the main reason for your trip, so make sure you have enough time to at least see the highlights. You can start with the Historic Yellow Bus Tour with a local guide.
The Mammoth Hot Springs, which are divided in the Upper and Lower terraces, is another must-see. The 50 hot springs are interesting but take a short hike around o the boardwalk to see the other park features. To end the day, drop by the Artist’s Point where every view of the Yellowstone and Grand Canyon is simply picturesque.
Day 5 : Old Faithful
Take time to visit this world-famous geyser basin and watch it in action. The rest of the day can be spent at the Grand Prismatic Spring which is the largest hot spring in the country and the 3rd largest in the world. While you cannot swim because the water goes up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, the colors and the beautiful sights make this trip worthwhile.
Day 6: Grand Teton National Park
Even the locals will list this as their favorite spot, it is that beautiful. Start by kayaking on Jackson Lake and watch the majestic mountain range in the background. You can end the day with a horseback ride through the national park.
Day 7: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
For your last stop, try out some skiing or snowboarding. Just make sure you take the Aerial Tram up to enjoy the view.
Wyoming might not be on everyone’s bucket list but it should be. It packs enough natural beauty to surprise and amaze you every single moment of your trip. Just make sure you prepare well, pack the right clothes and get ready for the higher altitude. Once you plan well, you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime trip.