You never really know a place, or the people who live there, until you've actually spent some time there.

Since most people have never been to Wyoming, and the people who have were only tourists staying for a short while, there are a lot of myths about the state.

Let's have a look at what most people get wrong about Wyoming.

1. Everyone wears cowboy hats and boots.
You'll see plenty of those things for sure but the people of Wyoming dress as diverse as anywhere else in the nation. There are many different lifestyles here and styles of clothing that go with it.

2. The people of Wyoming are Super Conservative.

More so than most other states, but not everyone. There is a wide range of points of view in the state. Jackson and Laramie Wyoming at mostly Democrat strongholds.

3. For fun the people of Wyoming just go Cow Tipping And Whiskey Drinking

Try again. Hunting. Fishing. Camping. A lot of outdoor adventures including hiking and horseback riding, motorcycle riding, and boating. But the people of Wyoming also enjoy most other sports you can find in the rest of the country.

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4. Everyone LOVES country music.

Country music is popular here. But so is just about every other form of music. Modern styles can be heard as people crank up their radios at stoplights.

5. Wyomngites are just a bunch of uneducated RUBES!

ACTUALLY - the school graduation rate is far above most states. Grades are high. A college education is important but also many people went to trade school and now earn HUGE money working in energy and agriculture.

6. People from Wyoming DO NOT sound like they are from the South.

Often when people see cowboy boots and hat they break into a southern drawl. But the folks in Wyoming actually have what is called a Mid-Western Accent. It's an easy-to-understand and rather plain way of speaking.

7. Wyoming people eat meat and potatoes at every meal.

Wyomingites do love their steak. But the menu out there is diverse. Chinese and Indian restaurants are popular. They love Mexican food.

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8. Wyoming hates Colorado.

Not really. It's more like Wyoming is just very disappointed in Colorado.

9. Kids ride horses to school

Not since the invention of the school bus. Though Wyoming does have quite a few one-room schoolhouses, for our smallest towns.

10. The Only Thing Worth Seeing Is Yellowstone National Park

There is so much to see in Wyoming that if all you did was go to Yellowstone, you really missed out on some amazing life experiences.

This article has been updated to reflect

A Field Guide To Wyoming Tourist Types

Devils Tower As Seen From The Mother Ship

If you've see the movie (documentary) Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, then you know what it looked like to see "The Mother Ship" descending down to Devils Tower.

But what did it look like from the Mother Ship's point of view?

We don't have any actual photos from the Mother Ship

So we recreated the scene using Google Earth and one Nasa Photo.

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