Are you searching for new travel destinations? Checking new states off the bucket list? Then Wyoming should be way up there on the priority list. From Jackson Hole’s attractions to the nearby national parks and Goosewing Ranch dude ranch, this is the trifecta of reasons to try a Wyoming vacation.
Wyoming tends to fly low on the radar when it comes to vacations. However, there are several gems that make this state stand out. In the northwestern corner lie Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park, which attract tourists in the summer and avid skiers and snowboarders in the winter. As a result of these famous spots, Jackson Hole has flourished.
Wyoming: Just the Facts
Nickname: Cowboy State, Equality State
Motto: Equal Rights
Admitted to Union: July 10, 1890 – 44th State
Size: 97,914 square miles, 9th largest state
State Sport: Rodeo
Highest Point: Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet
Lowest Point: Belle Fourche River, 3,100 feet
Average Annual Precipitation: 14.5 inches
Population (2010 Census): 563,626
Three Reasons to Choose a Wyoming Vacation
1. National Parks
The national parks draw a big crowd to Jackson and the Greater Yellowstone area. Yellowstone alone entices about 4 million people per year; the heaviest concentration falls between May and September.
Wyoming is home to two national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone, as well as national monuments, historic sites and trails.
Did you know? 96 percent of Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming!
With 563,000 residents among 62+ million acres, there’s one resident per every 111 acres.
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2. Jackson Hole
You may have heard about this region named Jackson Hole. Did you know it is just a popular nickname for the entire Wyoming valley and not an official location on a map? Back in the late 1800s, Davey Jackson was a famous tracker, and people referred to a valley surrounded by tall mountains as a HOLE. So that’s how Jackson Hole’s name came to be.
The town of Jackson is a historic Western town. Its Town Square and its famous antler arches are the hub of the town, along with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Learn more about the area at Wyoming Office of Tourism and read more about what sets Jackson Hole apart from other destinations.
3. Goosewing Ranch
Aside from being close to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, our ranch sits on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is the perfect entry point into the Gros Ventre Wilderness. (True to its name, the wilderness has remained untouched by all motorized vehicles – accessible only by foot, horseback, or UTV.)
So if you ask us why you should pick Wyoming, or why you should pick Jackson Hole as your vacation destination, just take a look at this piece of country that is still truly wild. Not many people get to experience our isolated paradise.
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