You could say the Cowboy State is indisputably first in its class. It’s home to the first U.S. national park (Yellowstone), the first national monument (Devil’s Tower) and the first national forest (Shoshone). Then you could say Wyoming is first in women’s suffrage, as the first female to cast a vote in the U.S. did so in the town of Laramie in 1870—a full 50 years before women gained voting rights in the rest of the nation.
Visitors can count on having their breath taken away at a plethora of natural sights, including 25 national historic landmarks and 11 nationally recognized areas, trails and monuments.
Any group will thrill at incredible backcountry landscapes, from the sculpted Wind River Mountains and the Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area to sprawling Killpecker Sand Dunes, an attraction just north of Rock Springs that has been described as one of nature’s largest sandboxes.
If there’s one thing that defines Wyoming, it’s the official state sport, rodeo. There are indoor and outdoor events throughout the state, from Sheridan to Cody, including the national finals for both high school and college students.
But if there’s one you want to be sure to see, it’s the granddaddy of all rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days, held annually in July. From the opening of the first chute and the emergence of an adrenaline-fueled cowboy hanging on for dear life atop a bucking bronco to the final party in the downtown plaza, Frontier Days offers one heck of a ride.
Top photo: Cheyenne Frontier Days
Photo by Wyoming Office of Tourism
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