Traveling in Wyoming
Even though the state of Wyoming is the tenth largest in the US, it remains the country’s least populated. The capital of Wyoming DC, which is almost 700 times smaller than Wyoming, still has more people. Wyoming surprisingly has some of the United States firsts, including the first national monument, and Yellowstone which was the first national park in both the country and the world. With the low populations, Wyoming is one of the best states for outdoor activities, and to get a feel for the wild wild west was like and western culture.
As the earth’s first national park, Yellowstone has done a good job of preserving its wildlife while the world around it has been modernized. Thousands of wild buffalo roam the plains, wolves and bears trek the mountains at night, while moose and elk stop at the lakes and rivers for a drink. Yellowstone itself sits on a dormant super volcano that could supposedly put the earth into another ice age if it ever erupted! The volcano still fuels thermal activity today, and as a result Yellowstone has the largest concentration of geyser’s in the world.
Grand Teton is a large national park in Wyoming that is known for its great scenery and wildlife. Herds of bison, packs of wolves, moose, elk and deer are often seen here in Grand Teton. The park has some mountains over 13,000 feet in altitude that reflect off the lake below on a clear day. Climbing the Grand Teton offers some of the best climbing in the 48 states. The lake itself is an excellent place go to fishing, kayaking or to hike the trails around it.
Native Americans say that Devils Tower was formed by a giant bear clawing away at a mountain. The sides of the tower certainly look that way, with columns of volcanic rock towering up vertically around the surrounding terrain. Devils Tower is America’s first national monument. The tower is one of America’s most beautiful and impressive sights, and for the less than 1% who are into rock climbing, it creates all sorts of amazing challenges.
Founded by the famous cowboy Buffalo Bill, the small town of Cody is the place to see how life might have been during the 19th century. During the day time you can ride horses along the countryside, stop by the old historic town, and visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. When the night comes around you won’t have any trouble finding beer, and can enjoy it at a local rodeo show or at a bar along with live country music.