10 Awesome Places To Visit In Wyoming: Famous Parks + Hidden Gems



10 fun things to do and best places to visit in Wyoming Where Are Those Morgans starburst of the sun at sunset in Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming is a wild and sparsely populated landscape filled with rugged natural beauty and unique geological features. It’s most famous for being home to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but there’s so much more to see and do when you visit the Equality State. We’ve driven east to west through the state twice and it’s such a peaceful place to explore.

In this guide we show you 10 fantastic places to visit in Wyoming, based on our experiences.

Our Wyoming Experience

Couple standing together in light winter coats underneath a welcome to Wyoming sign held up by wooden beams
Here we are underneath a welcome to Wyoming sign

Both times we drove through Wyoming, we originated in South Dakota’s Black Hills and ended in Jackson. It’s not an official road trip, but we call it the Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone road trip route, and it’s one of our favorites in the US.

We love how one day driving from Buffalo to Cody we barely see a single car pass by in 4 hours, then the next day we’re in nature’s theme park known as Yellowstone surrounded by thousands of tourists. Next time we’re in Wyoming, we plan to get way off the beaten path on its southern borders with Colorado and Utah. Read more about us.

1. Buffalo

Mural on the side of a building in Buffalo WY
Mural on the side of a building in Buffalo WY

Buffalo is a small city located at the base of the Bighorn Mountains on the intersection of I-90 and I-25 in northern Wyoming. It’s almost exactly the halfway point between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, and it marks the eastern side of Cloud Peak Skyway scenic byway.

But Buffalo WY is more than just a stop gap on your road trip between the Black Hills and Yellowstone. The historic downtown includes the Occidental Hotel which hosted several legendary figures from the Wild West. It’s also a popular base for outdoor enthusiasts with an array of activities on the doorstep.

Here’s what you can do in Buffalo:

2. Cloud Peak Skyway

Cloud Peak Skyway scenic byway road curving in a hairpin bend with snow on the ground and trees one of the most fun things to do on a vacation to Wyoming
Hairpin turn on Cloud Peak Skyway scenic byway

The Cloud Peak Skyway is a picturesque scenic byway connecting Buffalo with Ten Sleep. Also known as US-16, the Skyway is a fun road to drive across the southern portion of the mighty Bighorn Mountains. It’s filled with twists and turns, climbs and dips, stunning views and even hairpin bends like you can see in our drone photo above.

The highest point on the drive is 9,666 feet which means you’ll need to keep a close eye on weather conditions if you travel in shoulder seasons. There are a few different options for driving between the Black Hills and Yellowstone, but the Cloud Peak Skyway is our personal favorite. We especially enjoy the steep and narrow descent through tight canyons right into Ten Sleep.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Stop at several Big Horn Peaks overlooks
  • Grab lunch or a picnic at Meadowlark Lake
  • Pull over to take photos of the awesome views
  • Fly your drone to get aerial photos of the twisting roads

3. Cody

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum on a snowy day in Cody near east entrance to Yellowstone popular place to visit in Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody

Cody is a small town in northwestern Wyoming that’s often used as a tourist base for entering Yellowstone National Park via its east entrance (Buffalo Bill scenic byway). The small town has a rich Wild West history, which you’ll find represented in its showpiece museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Cody is our favorite of the three main towns on the immediate outskirts of Yellowstone. We prefer it to Gardiner and West Yellowstone because it feels less like a resort town and more like a place where people live. We’ve stayed in Cody twice and we enjoyed walking through the town, visiting museums and exploring the Old Town Trail with its western frontier buildings.

Here’s what you can do in Cody:

4. Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument towering into the sky with logs and trees in foreground fantastic place to visit in Wyoming for the family
Looking up at Devils Tower National Monument from below

Devils Tower National Monument is a unique 867 ft tall igneous rock formation located in northeastern Wyoming near its border with South Dakota. In fact, it’s often visited as part of a South Dakota road trip because it’s so close to the Black Hills. The Devils Tower formation is made up of tall hexagonal shaped tubes with deep cracks, and it’s regarded as one of the top rock climbing destinations in the United States.

We’ve traveled the US extensively and we have to say Devils Tower is one of the most striking and peculiar natural formations we’ve seen outside of national parks. We enjoyed walking around the base of the tower and finding fun perspective photo spots of the tower, like the one from Joyner Ridge.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Walk around the base of the tower on a paved footpath
  • Photograph Devils Tower from Joyner Ridge
  • Hike around Prairie Dog Town
  • See the Wind Circle sculpture
  • Outside of June you can climb the tower

READ: How to visit Devils Tower National Monument

5. Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area

Sunset at Flaming Gorge on the border between Utah and Wyoming stunning gorge with river and rocks in foreground
Sunset at Flaming Gorge in southern Wyoming

Flaming Gorge is a National Recreation Area located on the border between southwest Wyoming and northeast Utah. The Green River, which eventually flows into the Colorado River, carved out a 90 mile long reservoir in the Flaming Gorge and the entire area is flanked by dramatic red canyon walls.

We think Flaming Gorge is the perfect place for the whole family to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, photograph, jet ski, fish and tour a dam. You can also camp underneath dark skies and relax in a picturesque tourist free landscape. This is one of those photogenic but off the beaten path places that’s only quiet because of its remote location.

  • Photograph stunning canyons and still rivers
  • Enjoy wonderful sunrises and sunsets
  • Backcountry hiking, biking and camping
  • Boating, swimming, tubing and waterskiing
  • Fish for trout and other species
  • Tour the Flaming Gorge Dam

6. Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton mountain snow capped reflecting in Jenny Lake with trees foreground stunning place to visit in Wyoming and one of the most fun things to do in the US is photograph this special landscape
Reflection on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton is a spectacularly beautiful US National Park located one hour drive south of Yellowstone in the far northwest of Wyoming. Its visually stunning landscape is centered around the Snake River, pristine lakes and flat plains from which the rugged Teton mountain range suddenly bursts high into the sky.

We love Grand Teton because it has awesome hikes, easy camping, an abundance of wildlife and some of the most stunning photography spots in the US. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Wyoming and we think it’s perfect for the entire family. This is one stop you simply must make if you’re driving through the Cowboy State!

Here’s what you can do in Grand Teton:

READ: Perfect 2 days Grand Teton itinerary

7. Jackson

Antler arch in downtown Jackson Wyoming the best place to set up base for exploring Grand Teton with hiker stood underneath arch
Kristen stood underneath the antler arch in Jackson Hole WY

Jackson is a popular resort town and upscale residential area in the Jackson Hole Valley region of northwest Wyoming. Most visitors to Grand Teton use Jackson as a base thanks to its quaint downtown area with shops, saloons, restaurants and hotels. Then in winter, Jackson and nearby Teton Village transform into an upmarket ski resort.

When you consider towns on the doorstep to national parks, we’d say Jackson is one of our favorites in the US. The old Wild West town is located just 15 minutes drive from the Grand Teton loop road so it’s super convenient. But the town itself is also a relaxing and fun place for the whole family to enjoy.

Here’s what you can do in Jackson:

8. Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Pristine reflection of rocks in a lake at Medicine Bow Routt
Pristine reflection in a lake at Medicine Bow Routt

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests encompasses an enormous area of north-central Colorado and south-central Wyoming. The region contains several mountain ranges including Medicine Bow Range and Laramie Mountains. And one of the most popular places to visit is called Snowy Range Pass scenic drive.

We think Medicine Bow Routt is a genuine hidden gem in Wyoming. It’s a scenic byway featuring pristine lakes, mountain hikes, stunning vistas, wildlife spotting, picnic areas and endless photography opportunities. And remember, it’s not far to Rocky Mountain National Park from Medicine Bow Routt.

Here’s what you can do:

9. Sinks Canyon State Park

Cave and river at Sinks Canyon State Park with low running water
Middle Popo Agie River disappearing underground in Sinks Canyon State Park

Sinks Canyon State Park is a popular locals’ recreation area located at the southern end of the Wind River Mountain Range in central Wyoming. It’s so named because the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie disappears underground before resurfacing a quarter mile downstream at the Rise.

And we think Sinks Canyon is another bona fide hidden gem place to visit in Wyoming. Vibrant wildflowers bloom alongside a river that vanishes and plunges underground before bubbling back up into another pool nearby. And the older kids can even slide down a waterfall into the pool below, so it’s ideal for families.

Here’s what you can do at Sinks Canyon:

  • Photograph wildflowers in bloom and waterfalls cascading over boulders
  • Slide down Popo Agie Falls
  • Swim in the pool and slide down the waterfall if you dare
  • Go caving in Boulder Choke Cave
  • Camp at one of several sites along Middle Popo Agie River
  • Watch the river disappear underground
  • Then see the river “rise” as it resurfaces in a trout pool

10. Yellowstone National Park

Bison jam on the main Yellowstone loop road in April
We got stuck in this bison jam in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is a volcanic landscape featuring hot springs, geysers and bubbling mud pots sitting atop a caldera measuring 30 by 45 miles. The Yellowstone supervolcano has created a truly unique experience for you to see erupting geysers and vibrantly colored hot springs like nowhere else on Earth.

Yellowstone is widely regarded as one of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet and after several trips to the park ourselves, we find it hard to argue. Millions of people each year journey here to hike, see freely roaming wildlife and photograph remarkable geologic features. For us, Yellowstone up there among the best places to visit in the US.

Here’s what you can do in Yellowstone:

READ: Unmissable things to do in Yellowstone

Wyoming Map

Click or touch the map above to activate. Zoom in and out, move around the map and find the locations for the top places to visit in Wyoming that we’ve listed in this guide.

You can see that lots of the icons are spread out east to west across the northern portion of Wyoming. You’d pass right by those if you drove the Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone route we mentioned earlier. Take a look though our US road trip guides here for more information.

The Morgan Conclusion

Down canyon photo of Yellowstone Lower Falls with snow in gorge
Photo we took at Lower Falls of the Yellowstone in April

We really enjoy driving through Wyoming’s peaceful and picturesque countryside, but we’re also huge admirers of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton which are much busier. So for us, there’s a wonderful balance. Next time we head out west we’ll be visiting lesser known destinations like Medicine Bow Routt, Sinks Canyon and Flaming Gorge because they look fantastic.

Here’s our top 5 things to do if you’re a family visiting Wyoming with kids:

  1. Walk around Cody’s Old Trail Town
  2. Camp under the stars at Flaming Gorge
  3. Visit the Elk Refuge and watch a rodeo in Jackson
  4. Slide down the waterfall in Sinks Canyon State Park
  5. Explore the best of Yellowstone National Park

And here’s our top 5 things to do in Wyoming for couples:

  1. Hike around and photograph Devils Tower
  2. Mountain bike around Flaming Gorge
  3. Explore the best of Grand Teton National Park
  4. Hike around stunning lakes on Snowy Range Pass
  5. Hit the top attractions in Yellowstone National Park

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We hope this Wyoming guide helps with planning your visit to the American northwest!

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Happy Travels,

Mark and Kristen

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