From crystal clear lakes and temperate pine forests to the geological wonders of the Badlands, Wyoming boasts incomparable natural beauty. With so many sites promising outdoor relaxation and adventure, it’s no wonder this humble state is the perfect summer getaway destination. From quaint cottages to cozy cabins, there are plenty of Wyoming vacation rentals to choose from for an unforgettable trip. Take a look at the top places in Wyoming for a summer vacation.
1. Snake River Canyon
An 8-mile paddle trip down the Snake River allows travelers looking for adventure to experience the legendary whitewater rapids. Those looking for a more relaxing river trip can opt for a scenic float trip that takes them down a calmer section of the river, past nesting bald eagles and other native Wyoming wildlife. Most tours also make time to stop for a picnic lunch by the side of the river.
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2. Jenny Lake
Located in the Grand Tetons National Park, Jenny Lake boasts a broad expanse of crystal clear waters. The shuttle boat gives visitors convenient access to the many hiking trails in the area, from the log bridges that lead to Hidden Falls to the panoramic climb to Inspiration Point. If you prefer relaxing on the water, scenic cruises are also available so you can see all of Jenny Lake from the comfort of the ship’s deck.
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3. Hot Springs State Park
Wyoming is home to a number of natural hot springs, but those at Hot Springs State Park are the largest and arguably most magnificent. More than 8,000 gallons of warm water flow over the colorful hot spring terrace everyday. The park is also home to a free bath house, where visitors can enjoy the warm, therapeutic waters of the hot springs.
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4. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is so famous for its natural beauty that it inspired the U.S. Congress to establish the National Parks program. It is home to the Old Faithful geyser, one of the most famous geological features in the United States, as well as dozens of other geothermal wonders. Join a group tour such as the Circle of Fire Tour the focuses on the massive supervolcano under the park, or explore the area without a guide. Lucky travelers may spot bison, elk, bear, and wolves among other wildlife.
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5. Mill Iron Ranch
Located near Grand Teton National Park, Mill Iron Ranch is a family-owned and operated vacation ranch that gives visitors a taste of what life may have been like on the Wyoming frontier. The ranch offers trail rides, fishing, hunting excursions, and a barn dance and dinner for guests. Conveniently located near Jackson Hole, there are many vacation rentals near Mill Iron Ranch that make visiting convenient.
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The small town of Jackson is an oasis of modern amenities amidst Wyoming’s expanses of natural beauty. Jackson’s charming downtown streets are lined with high-end boutiques carrying unique items and high-class restaurants specializing in all types of cuisine. The town square Antler Arch is a photo op that can’t be missed, while the historic Wort Hotel has a bar inside that features live local country bands several nights a week.
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7. The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch
Get a taste of the real cowboy lifestyle by visiting a working dude ranch. The Hideout Lodge is a working horse and cattle ranch with a focus on horseback riding. Instructors are on hand for new riders or those looking to improve their skills, and any rider who is comfortable on horseback is welcome to assist with herding the ranch’s cattle for a day. Fishing, hunting, 4×4 excursions, and hiking tours are also available for guests, with fly fishing and hunting teachers available for lessons.
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8. Rock Springs
The small town of Rock Springs is the jumping off point for visitors looking to explore the high deserts of Southwestern Wyoming. In addition to giving visitors access to world class hiking, camping, fishing, golf, and off-roading, Rock Springs is also home to the the Red Desert Roundup Rodeo, the Mountain States Circuit pro rodeo finals, and national high school rodeo finals, which provide entertainment every summer. When you’re not enjoying the rodeo thrills, return to your cozy vacation rental conveniently located in town.
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The town of Buffalo is another unique small town haven in Wyoming. This is one of the oldest towns in the region, and the many historic buildings in the downtown area speak to its unique history. The 140-year-old Occidental Hotel, which once played host to Teddy Roosevelt and Butch Cassidy is still open and operational, and it sports two restaurants that anyone can visit, not just hotel guests. Fans of Old West memorabilia can visit the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, a century-old museum located in Buffalo.
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10. Devils Tower National Monument
Sacred to the Lakota tribe, Devil’s Tower is an imposing rock monument that juts straight up out of the relatively flat prairie surrounding it. The area is ringed by several secluded hiking trails that wind around the base of the Tower, and experienced climbers can attempt to ascend the Tower using the cracks carved into its sides.
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