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Winter in Wyoming

Explore the vast nature of the historic Old West

Wyoming is the least populous state in the country, but has some of the most outdoor offerings around. Two-thirds of this beautiful state are covered by the Rocky Mountains, with the remaining third covered in High Plains. A nature lover’s dream, Wyoming is also home to two major National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, as well as world-class skiing and hiking destinations.

Nature dominates in Wyoming, where the Great Plains meet the epic Rocky Mountains. Throughout the state you’ll find countless ways to experience the great outdoors, such as natural hot springs, scenic overlooks, world-class skiing and so much more. Also notable is Wyoming’s storied role in the mass westward migrations of the 19th century, the Old West aesthetic that accompanied that era and the cowboy lifestyle that persists throughout the state. Put all together, Wyoming offers a nature, beauty and history-filled itinerary that you won’t want to miss!

Skiing at Brooks Lake, Wyoming

Casper, Wyoming

Start your trip in Casper, a city that was established in the mid-19th century as many people migrated West in search of land to call their own.

Today, Casper is a top-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, according to Forbes Magazine, and nestled between Casper Mountain and the North Platte River, it’s quite beautiful, too! The surrounding areas offer lots of nature activities, such as fishing and hiking, and the city itself delivers more cowboy relics from the Old West era. 

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Admiring snow on the Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Thermopolis, Wyoming

Next, journey to Thermopolis, a town in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, known for, you guessed it-- hot springs.

In fact, the name Thermopolis comes from the Greek for “Hot City,” and Thermopolis claims the world’s largest mineral hot spring, known as “The Big Spring.” You can enjoy the springs for free, thanks to an agreement formed with the native Shoshone and Arapaho tribes. Also unique about Thermopolis: dinosaur fossils were found in the area. You can see them at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center

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  • For pancakes that are bigger than your plate, grab breakfast at Thermopolis Cafe
  • After soaking in the hot springs, grab a cold one at One Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company where they specialize in craft beer.
  • Experience the joys of small-town diners, with a stop at local favorite, Black Bear Cafe, known for hearty portions and homemade biscuits.

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A valley of lights in the snow in Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming

Head to Jackson, and get ready for the most action-packed leg off your trip.

This stop includes the iconic Grand Teton National Park, where pristine lakes, majestic mountains and over 300 kilometers of trails stand as tribute to the people who have protected it over the years. Add to those, the world-class skiing offered in Jackson Hole, and you’ll start to get an idea of what’s in store. The vast wildlife population of the area is honored throughout Jackson, from the National Museum of Wildlife Art to the Jackson Town Square that’s enshrined with elk antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge

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  • Go to Picnic, a new restaurant voted “best new restaurant” by locals, according to Jackson Hole Traveler
  • Visit Dornan’s for their popular pizza and pasta, or to dine beside a teepee.
  • Some say the buffalo burger at Local is the best around. See for yourself.

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Snow-capped mountains in the Grand Tetons

Yellowstone National Park

Get ready for a wilderness experience unlike any other.

Yellowstone National Park comprises over 9,000 square kilometers, and contains within it natural features such as stunning canyons, lush forests, racing rivers, hot springs and the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Oh, and the whole thing rests atop a volcanic hot spot! Put on your hiking shoes and trek through the park, keeping an eye out for some of the park’s animal inhabitants: bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

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