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Explore the hidden gems of Wyoming

04.15.2014
Topic Adventure Travel

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Wyoming tourism has recently received a significant boost, attracting nearly 10 million travellers in the last year. It's no surprise why: natural beauty abounds in this vast state, which is home to majestic national parks, top-of-the-line ski resorts and rustic ranches.

If you're planning United States travel in the upcoming year, consider taking a detour through the Equality State and experience all the outdoor activities it has to offer:

Jackson Hole
This charming mountainside town is well-known among outdoor enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Located in a low-lying valley surrounded by soaring, snow-covered peaks, Jackson Hole is home to many dude ranches and luxurious ski resorts. Visitors who love adventure travel will certainly enjoy the area's recreational activities, which range from snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park to paragliding over the town's idyllic scenery. Although outdoor sports abound, Jackson Hole also has a vibrant nightlife. The Wort Hotel's Silver Dollar Bar hosts live bluegrass shows each week, while the Stagecoach Bar offers a more folk-inspired vibe. Craft-beer aficionados will also find plenty of breweries in the area, including the Snake River Brewing Co.

Yellowstone National Park
Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in America. While not all of it is in Wyoming - the park extends through parts of Montana and Idaho - the majority of Yellowstone is located in the Equality State. One of the most popular sites within the park is Yellowstone Falls, which is composed of two majestic cascades - the lower and upper falls. At 94 metres tall, the Lower Yellowstone Falls is nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls and is situated within the park's breathtaking Grand Canyon. Located nearby is the Yellowstone Lake, which covers 350 square kilometres of the park. Yellowstone features more than 1,770 kilometres of hiking trails, as well as plenty of areas for boating and fishing.

Fossil Country Frontier Museum
The Fossil Country Frontier Museum collects and preserves fossils and artifacts from the southwestern Wyoming Region. Visitors to the museum, which doesn't charge admission, are transported back in time as they peruse the various historical exhibits. A replica of a coal mine, dinosaur footprints, and bootlegging stills and wine presses are among the items on display.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo
Established in 1919, this annual event held in July is the premier rodeo in Wyoming. The event features 10 days of rodeo activities and shows, as well as live music, a carnival, numerous local food vendors and an art show. If you can't make it to Cheyenne in July, you can still experience the area's rodeo experience at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.