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Top 15 things to do in Wyoming

1. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park

The massive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is about 39 km (24 miles) long, between 240 and 370 m (800 and 1,200 ft) deep, and from 0.40 to 1.21 km (0.25 to 0.75 mi) wide. If you go to Artist Point, which provides an excellent view of the winding river and rock walls and gives a better sense of the canyon's size, you'll be able to view the area from about 50 m (160 ft) away. This may take you about half an hour, but the vistas you take in from the edge of observation point will remain with your for a lifetime.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $289 › Learn more about Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2. Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

This cone geyser is an icon of Yellowstone National Park. The team who discovered Old Faithful described it as “the perfect geyser.” Though not the tallest or largest in the park, the geyser is one of the most popular for its beauty, size, and regularity of eruptions--almost every 91 minutes, hence its name. Watch the explosion of boiling water reach a height of 32 to 56 m (106 to 185 ft) for around 1.5 to 5 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take photos. The cafeteria in the nearby lodge boasts great views if you want to watch the show over a sandwich. They also do take-out.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $289 › Learn more about Old Faithful

3. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

At nearly 113 m (370 ft) across and 37 m (121 ft) deep, Grand Prismatic Spring holds the title of the largest hot spring in America and one of the largest in the world. A premier attraction at Yellowstone National Park, the spring's fame traces back to early explorers and fur trappers who first noted it in the early 1800s. The boiling pool constantly steams and bubbles, with its vivid, rainbow-like appearance--the result of pigmented bacteria. To get a close-up view, walk along the park's boardwalk, which leads to a route close to the water's edge. Stay on the path, as the high temperatures of the pool can be dangerous.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Grand Prismatic Spring

4. From Jackson Hole: Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour

FROM $299
This small-group tour is a fantastic way to observe wildlife as well as take in Grand Teton's beauty and Yellowstone’s numerous geyser basins. We will be making stops at Oxbow Bend, Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, Fountain Paint Pots and Mud Pots, West Thumb Geyser Basin, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, as well as several other geyser basins. Yellowstone National Park’s rich history, geology, wildfires and wildlife will be discussed in detail throughout the tour. Wildlife that is often observed on this tour are bison, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, elk, eagles, mule deer, pronghorn, and coyotes. We will offer many stops throughout the tour for guests to get out of the vehicle and observe the different wildlife viewing opportunities with the binoculars and scope that we provide, and to walk the various boardwalks we stop at. This tour will include a picnic style lunch that will be served by your guide.
Suggested duration: 12h
Tours from $299 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Enter a wildlife paradise at Hayden Valley, an ancient lake bed and the world's largest stomping grounds of free-roaming bison. Take one of the two trails, observe, and be patient. Herds of buffalo, elks, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear frequent the area to graze, drink, and feed. The valley abounds with rivers, creeks, and ponds, but fishing is off-limits so just enjoy the views of the waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and pelicans. A number of roadside turn-offs offer sweeping views of the valley. Stick to the path when hiking, since off-trail exploration on foot is forbidden.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Hayden Valley

6. Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Inside America's first national park, Yellowstone Lake is nestled 2,357 m (7,732 ft) above sea level. The 350 sq km (136 sq mi) lake features geysers, hot springs, and underwater canyons. The spot has been known for trout fishing since its discovery. Research shows the greatest known depth of the lake is 120 m (390 ft). In contrast to the lake's six months of frozenness, the hottest spot ever recorded was 122 C (252 F). Watch for wildlife, and take advantage of hiking and camping opportunities near the lake.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $135 › Learn more about Yellowstone Lake

7. Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park

The highest point of the Teton Range, cuts through the clouds. While many areas around the range offer hiking trails, climbing experience is recommended for tackling the park's craggy namesake. Depending on your expertise, you can rappel or ski on the descent.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $76 › Learn more about Grand Teton

8. Grand Teton Wildlife Safari in a Enclosed or Open-Air Vehicle (season dependent)

FROM $139
Explore Grand Teton National Park in search of wildlife on this exhilarating eco- tour. Traveling at dawn or dusk from Jackson Hole will give us the best chances to show you the most wildlife in Grand Teton National Park, as this is the prime feeding time for many of the animals. Sightings may include grizzly and black bear, wolves, moose, bison, elk, eagles, bighorn sheep, fox and so much more! Your naturalist guide will ensure your enjoyment and safety, teach you all about the park’s geology and ecology, and stop along the way to let you take photos of your gorgeous surroundings. Guests traveling late spring to early fall (approximately June 1st-September 10th *Weather dependent*) will discover the park in our customized and exclusive open-air safari-style vehicle. Guests traveling mid fall, winter, and late spring will discover the park in an enclosed, heated and air-conditioned vehicle. This small-group tour is limited to 10-12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $139 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

At Lamar Valley, mountain peaks gently rise from the distance and a small river flows at this picturesque spot inside Yellowstone National Park where wildlife abounds. Photographers bring their gear and wait for bears, wolves, elk, bison, and other wildlife to appear. You can fish along the river with a permit; anglers wrangle for cutthroat and rainbow trout here. To get the best out of this small gem in Yellowstone, take an organized wildlife excursion.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Lamar Valley

10. Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

Hike to the peak of Mount Washburn, which reaches a height of 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level. You may try your hiking skills by two different routes, keeping in mind that both have strenuous rating. Both are also roundtrip, one 9 km (6 mi), the other 8 km (5 mi) long. Elevation gain is about 425 m (1,300 ft) for both. For most hikers, Dunraven Pass route may be the better option, as it is considered the more scenic one. Start early before it gets too hot. It may take you about half a day to complete the route, so plan accordingly.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Mount Washburn

11. Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

A large complex of springs in Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs, was created over thousands of years by hot water from the springs cooling and depositing calcium carbonate. Typically a bleached-white hue, the dramatic terraced sections flow with water originating from rain and snowmelt, causing a frozen cascade effect (though the water that forms this area is extremely hot). The flow of water depends on the environment at any given time, but you can walk the boardwalks along the lower and upper terraces, observing the scenery and wildlife.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $298 › Learn more about Mammoth Hot Springs

12. Scenic Wildlife Float in Jackson Hole

FROM $105
Relax on a tranquil rafting trip along Wyoming's Snake River on this tour from Jackson Hole. Drift past bald eagle and osprey nesting areas, and admire a variety of other wildlife, including moose, deer, river otters. Have your camera ready to capture photos of the wildlife and the Grand Teton. This tour is an ideal way to marvel at the rugged beauty of Wyoming's Snake River without getting wet and at river speed.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $105 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody

Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers an extensive collection of artifacts and information about the nation's westward expansion. The center is located in the town named after Buffalo Bill and features five museums. Each focuses on a different aspect of the American West, including Native Americans of the Plains, the environment, and firearms. Other exhibits and annexes cover regional artwork and Buffalo Bill himself, plus a research library contains more than 30,000 books. Consider taking advantage of special lectures, demonstrations of western traditions, or guided tours.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $34 › Learn more about Buffalo Bill Center of the West

14. Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy some of the greatest views of Lower Yellowstone Falls by hiking Uncle Tom's Trail. One of Yellowstone National Park's more famous trails, the trek takes you 150 m (500 ft) down the canyon to the viewing platform, which affords unmatched views of the base of the waterfall and the chance to grasp its full might. More than 300 stairs cover the majority of the trail, which makes the descent much easier. However the steep incline and the altitude of 2,400 m (8,000 ft) can make climbing back up quite strenuous for inexperienced hikers and people with serious health conditions. Make sure to bring adequate clothing and footwear, and pace yourself carefully so you don't get exhausted.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Yellowstone National Park - Full-Day Lower Loop Tour from Jackson Hole

FROM $355
Explore Yellowstone on a 11-12 hour tour with a local guide. Set out FROM JACKSON HOLE, WY area to experience America's first national park. See its iconic Old Faithful, marvel at the Grand Canyon Waterfalls, and search for wildlife including grizzlies, bison, grey wolves, and more. This tour includes both a light breakfast, lunch and park entrance fees, as well as the use of binoculars. For Tour Dates BEFORE May 13, since the South Entrance is closed, Tours will drive from Jackson to West Yellowstone to enter through the West Gate. Thus, we will not tour through Grand Teton Park from Apr 15-May 12.
Suggested duration: 12h
Tours from $355 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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