You Came, You Saw, You Eclipsed: Now Here Are 10 Reasons to Come Back to Wyoming.
Visitors from around the world came to the Cowboy State to view the 2017 total solar eclipse, many of them experiencing Wyoming for the very first time. Now that you’ve gotten a taste of Wyoming, we invite you to continue to explore our 98,000 square miles of possibility.
If you’re an eclipse chaser just looking for a reason to return, Wyoming is ready to welcome you back for another unforgettable western adventure and we’ve compiled 10 of the best reasons to come back and visit.
1. Explore National Parks
There is no better place to experience the great outdoors than Wyoming. The state is home the nation’s first national park—Yellowstone—and its southern neighbor, Grand Teton. With a combined 2.3 million acres, Wyoming’s national parks are home to unmatched natural beauty, diverse wildlife and endless things to do and places to explore.
2. Experience Devils Tower
In northeastern Wyoming’s black hills sits a jaw-dropping laccolithic butte—Devils Tower. An inspiration and the setting for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Devils Tower rises 867 feet above the prairie below. The national monument, the nation’s first, is a sacred site for many Plains Indian tribes and sacred ceremonies are still held at the site today. While visiting Devils Tower, you can hike one of the five designated trails, take a night tour to experience the stunning night sky or register to climb the vertical tower.
3. Fish World-Class Waters
With 4,200 crystalline lakes sand 27,000 miles of fishable streams, Wyoming is a bucket list destination for anglers around the world. Whether in Yellowstone National Park or in the North Platte River’s Miracle Mile, Wyoming has the perfect stretch of water for you to cast a fishing line. Wyoming’s waterways are sure to offer a unique experience surrounded by impressive views, uncrowded waters and 22 species of game fish.
4. Relive History
Wyoming is rich with a diverse and intriguing history statewide. If you are fascinated by natural history or of those who came before us, Wyoming is the destination to see it all. With 25 national historic landmarks, dozens of amazing museums and a 12,000-square-foot dinosaur center where you can participate in a real dig, you’re sure to get your historical fix in the Cowboy State.
5. Take an Epic Road Trip
Wyoming’s roads were made for unforgettable road trips. Fill up your tank, pack your favorite snacks and hit the road on one of Wyoming’s scenic byways. Travel though the 2,000-foot canyon walls on the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway or drive along the snow-capped peaks of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Have your camera ready to capture the picture-perfect views around every corner.
6. Stroll Picture-Perfect Main Streets
Experience the charm, history and friendliness of downtown districts spread throughout Wyoming. Towns and cities throughout the state have welcoming main street communities that are a must see. Most date all the way back to the frontier days, when transcontinental travelers saw this beautiful land and set up camp. The century-old courthouses, mercantiles and saloons still welcome travelers today.
7. Sip the State
Wyoming’s craft beer, spirits and wine scenes are booming and you can wet your whistle in every corner of the Cowboy State. Find the perfect spot to sip on seasonal selections with our Wyoming brewery tour and discover local spirits with our distillery tour. You can try something new at Wyoming’s first meadery—Big Lost Meadery—in Gillette. If wine is your preference, check out the Buffalo Jump Winery in Cody, Table Mountain Vineyards near Huntley or the Jackson Hole Winery in Jackson.
8. Take in Vibrant Fall Colors
When the air gets cooler, the adventure doesn’t end. Fall in Wyoming is full of festivals, colorful scenic drives and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Cooler temperatures mean fewer people in Wyoming’s national parks and more opportunity for only-in-Wyoming fall photography experiences. If you’re looking for a truly unique fall experience, check out these 10 ways to see fall colors.
9. See Winter in Yellowstone
Yellowstone is a sight no matter what time of year you visit, but the nation’s first national park in the winter is truly something to behold. When the park becomes snow-covered in the winter, visitors can snowshoe or ski miles of trails, view bison and other wildlife or take a snowcoach or snowmobile through the uncrowded park with an authorized guide.
10. View the Wyoming Night Sky
Step back and take in one of our greatest assets: our night skies. With some of the darkest skies in the country, unobstructed views and endless amounts of public lands to view, Wyoming’s night skies are worth the trip. Take in the view from the top of a mountain, join our national and state parks for night sky programs or arrange for a private tour with one of our local experts.