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Geyser erupting, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Sebastien BurelGeyser erupting, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Okay, if you're in Wyoming, you're probably there to see Yellowstone National Park, the oldest national park in the United States. A particularly gorgeous route runs 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Old Faithful to Mammoth Hot Springs. (Try it in the winter, when the crowds thin out.) Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, but the odds are you don't need us to tell you that, especially since the whole state is a beautiful spot.

Consider Devil's Tower, which you may recall Richard Dreyfuss recreating with mashed potatoes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The spire of rock is also popular with prairie dogs, who have set up a massive network nearby. Or consider Bighorn Canyon, near a range for wild mustangs. And then there are the jagged Grand Tetons, spectacular mountains rimmed with glacial lakes.

But in addition to having some of the most famous natural wonders in the United States, Wyoming also has a special place in the nation's western heritage. In Cody, for example, you'll find a statue of town namesake Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West show solidified the image of the West held by people around the world. The ski resort town of Jackson Hole, meanwhile, has been staging shootouts since 1956, and it hosts a variety of other Old West-themed events.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site is another worthwhile stop. Founded in 1844 as a fur trading Mormon Row Barn in the Tetons, Wyoming© Ronnie HowardMormon Row Barn in the Tetons, Wyoming
© Ronnie Howard
post, the fort kept watch over the Oregon and California trails. The site had also served as a station on the Pony Express. You can explore the fort's heritage today, including the old cavalry barracks.

Cheyenne, the state capital, was once called "Hell on Wheels." Every year, it celebrates what it bills as the World's Largest Outdoor Rodeo, as part of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

by Laura Byrne Paquet

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