Wyoming boasts endless natural wonders and offers a pleasing, mild climate during the summer. Known for charming towns, sprawling ranches, and two world-famous National Parks, it’s a favorite destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and families alike.
Here are ten awesome activities for a summer escape to Wyoming. We highly recommend calling ahead or checking the websites to make reservations for most of these activities. And pack your water bottle—these high elevations call for extra care in the hydration department.
Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
Take a 15 minute, jaw-dropping"> that ascends 4,139 vertical feet to a precipice dappled with snow year-round. The 360-degree view from the top of Rendezvous Mountain is unforgettable, and so is the tram ride. Refuel at Top">, and if you’re really daring, paraglide back down to Teton">.
Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park
Take the shuttle"> over crystal clear waters to a hiking trail bordered by forests. Scramble up the rocky trails and over log bridges to roaring Hidden Falls. Continue your climb to Inspiration Point or onward to Cascade Canyon, stopping for panoramic views of Rockefeller Preserve.
Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River
Adrenaline junkies thrill for this 8-mile paddle raft"> through the Snake River’s legendary rapids. If you prefer a more relaxing ride, take a Scenic Float Trip for bald eagle and other wildlife sightings with a stop for lunch on the riverbank. Lewis & Clark River Rafting Outfitters offers both trips.
Lamar Valley Wildlife Excursion in Yellowstone National Park
Take a nail-biting bus"> over soaring Mount Washburn into the Lamar Valley; known as the American Serengeti because it is an ideal habitat for wildlife. Traveling with a park guide increases the chance of seeing Yellowstone’s animal residents, including bears, bison, moose, elk, pronghorn antelope, and big-horn sheep.
Try your hand at fly-fishing in the fast moving, chilly Snake and Green Rivers. These rivers and their tributaries boast 14 species of trout. Summer is prime time for fishing, and many outfitters specialize in teaching beginners.
Eat Dinner with Real Cowboys
Enjoy a hearty meal along with old-fashioned cowboy music at one of the region’s ranches. Bar"> (near Jackson) features a Western barbeque, while talented strummers and pickers share stories of life on the frontier.
Explore the Town of Jackson
Even the tiny airport is welcoming in this small-town flanked by the Grand Tetons. Stroll the streets of Jackson, exploring high-end boutiques and first-class restaurants. Pose for your photo under the Town Square’s Antler Arch, or stop in for live country music at the Silver"> located in the historic Wort Hotel.
Wyoming has a wide array of places to pet and ride">. Spend all day galloping the trails, or learn to ride with the help of a guide. Another option is to take a covered"> down Wyoming’s historic routes. Some expeditions include meals and gatherings around the campfire. Two recommended licensed outfitters: Yellowstone"> in Yellowstone and Mill"> near Grand Teton National Park.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Dramatically built onto a cliff, this museum’s collection of wildlife art dates from 2500 BC to present day. Showcased in a stunning setting overlooking the National">, there’s more art outside on the sculpture trail. End your visit with a cool drink on the patio, or visit the hands-on art section for children and adults.
Circle of Fire Tour in Yellowstone National Park
This all-day"> of the largest super-volcano on the planet explains the history and geography of America’s first national park. The tour loops around the Park to see many of Yellowstone’s otherworldly thermal features, an eruption by Old Faithful geyser, and views of Yellowstone’s breathtaking Grand Canyon.