The Perfect, Scenic Summer Road Trip
In Wyoming, it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey – and one of the easiest ways to explore all of the state’s beauty, adventure, the cowboy culture, national parks and monuments, is to take a road trip along one of its many scenic byways. From the stunning views and the wild beauty of Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway or experiencing the history of the American westward migration firsthand on the Oregon Trail Historic Byway – where you can stop to see preserved wagon ruts left 175 years ago by travelers making their way to the West – there’s something for every style of summer road trip.
Plus, what makes Wyoming a special road trip are its people! Wyoming topped the list of states across the U.S. as the most courteous and talkative residents, according to a new speech pattern study by Marchex. A Wyoming road trip is perfect for seeing everything the state has to offer and the Wyoming Office of Tourism mapped out key areas and routes to get travelers started here: https://www.travelwyoming.com/regions
Escape the Hustle and Find Space to Roam
Whether you’re looking to hike, bike or camp, Wyoming is the perfect destination for outdoor recreation and the place to find a quiet space to enjoy nature. Among its nearly 98,000 square miles (which boast one person per every 111 acres), Wyoming offers outdoor lovers the kind of recreation not found as easily in other parts of the West. With nearly 50 percent of the state being public land, the Cowboy State offers plenty of space for outdoor recreation among its national parks, national and state forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and more.
Of note: horseback riding in the Wind River Range, soaking in the world’s largest mineral hot springs (in Thermopolis, Wyoming), taking in the view of the starry skies above Devils Tower National Monument or scaling the rocky walls of Sinks Canyon near Lander, Wyoming. More information here: www.travelwyoming.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities
Anniversaries + Adventure
Wyoming is celebrating several milestones in 2018, including the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie and the Second Treaty of Fort Bridger, the 150th anniversary of mining at South Pass City, Union Pacific Railroad marking 150 years in many Wyoming towns, the 80th year of the Cody Nite Rodeo and 40th year since the establishment of the Continental Divide Trail. For more information on all the celebrations throughout 2018, visit: www.travelwyoming.com/wot-news/wyoming-celebrates-milestone-anniversaries-2018-notable-celebrations-and-events-throughout
Also, looking forward to 2019, Wyoming will be celebrating 150 years of women’s suffrage. The first territory in the free world to grant women the right to vote, Wyoming will mark this sesquicentennial in 2019, while the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020 (meaning Wyoming was 51 years ahead of the rest of the country in granting women the right to vote). Leading up to the anniversary, there are several events happening throughout the state that coincide, celebrate and tell the unique stories of the strong women of Wyoming today and offer a chance for travelers to participate including female-only backpacking hikes, hunts and more:
· In June 2018, Sweetwater County hosted the first Proud Wyoming Women Retreat
· Also, in June one of the leading experts on spiders (yes, spiders!), Sara Kariko was back at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole for a new and exciting program
· Then on July 20, 2018, women roughstock riders will return to Cheyenne Frontier Days on the opening day of this western celebration.
· Plus, there’s so much more to explore with female distillery owners, makers and ranchers throughout the state and we look forward to working with you to develop for 2018 and 2019 stories. Of note, more female profiles here: www.travelwyoming.com/wyoming-women