Lonely Planet is a website for those who love to explore and discover new places they never dreamed existed.

Some of those places are right in our own backyard and we never knew it.

Recently, Lonely Planet looked to Wyoming and found 9 amazing places to visit in Wyoming for big nature, outdoor adventure, and cool towns.

One thing you won't find in Wyoming are bustling metropolises – the largest city, Cheyenne, has just 65,000 residents. But if you’re searching for a touch of the West – wide-open spaces, tall peaks, Native American history, wildlife, geysers, hot springs, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, fly-fishing and staged “gunslinger duels” – you’ll find it, along with plenty of small-town charm. (Lonely Planet).

They begin with Yellowstone National Park. That makes sense since it is Wyoming's biggest attraction.


From there they call Grand Teton National Park the best park for hiking.

Pull on your pack, clip your bear spray to your belt and get ready to hike. Grand Teton National Park is a favorite destination for trail lovers, encompassing great options for everything from an hour-long stroll to a multi-day hard-core adventure. For a scenic day hike, consider Jenny Lake, or hike up one of the park’s mountain canyons. (Lonely Planet).

From there it's on to Jackson Hole for winter ski lovers. Though the do go into some detail of all the summer fun Jackson Hole has to offer.

Remaining on the west side of the state (Lonely Planet). moves on to Cody Wyoming.

Daniel Rao, Getty Images
Daniel Rao, Getty Images

Spread across five different museums and a research library, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West tells the beautiful, grand and often chaotic story of the American West. All five museums are worth a visit, but if you're short on time, be sure to visit the Plains Indian Museum to learn about the Indigenous people who lived here long before Europeans arrived. (Lonely Planet).

Dubois is featured for its guest ranches and mountain places to stay and explore.

In Thermopolis, they focus on the hot springs. but like all of these other places they feature they don't take the time to mention all of the other things Thermopolis and Wind River Canyon has to offer.

Want the best "outdoorsy town?"  For that, the article takes us to Lander, Wyoming.


To the east side of the state, they go where the article points out Laramie. A person can spend several days exploring that tiny little college town. There is so much to see and do.

To explore the gateway to the old west they take the reader to the state's capital city of Cheyenne.

Cheyenne isn’t just Wyoming’s capital city – it also occupies a special place in every country music lover’s heart. From George Strait’s “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” to Garth Brooks’ “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” the city keeps coming up in country music, decade after decade, for a reason. Head to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum for a touch of rodeo history or visit during rodeo season to see what all the fuss is about. If you're there during the rodeo, check out the “Indian Village” where Native American performers have shared dance, culture and music each year since 1898. (Lonely Planet).

Then up 1-25 Lonely goes to Casper Wyoming and they call it "The best fly-fishing town." That's true. People come from all over the world to fish the Platte river around Casper.

Fly Fishing

If you're thinking they missed some of the best places and reasons to visit Wyoming, you would be correct. But then we get into a thick book and not a 9-point article.

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