3 Places You Don't Want to Miss
Wyoming is known for its breathtaking landscapes. Yet, the incredibleness of the vast state doesn't stop there. Wyoming has so much to offer wanderers, families and history seekers, and we've selected the next three sites to add to your travel itinerary.
Begin your Wyoming journey by requesting a travel guide and signing up for the Travel Wyoming email for travel ideas and inspiration. Whether you visit one of our top spots or plan an enjoyable road trip to visit all three, we have you covered. Starting in either Rock Springs or Lander, it's a mere four hours of driving to experience all three locales.
The gold rush town of Lander is the epitome of being out West and requires a stroll through the historic Main Street to enjoy unique shops, art galleries and local restaurants. Visit in March to attend the Wyoming State Winter Fair or in July to experience the Pioneer Days Rodeo and Parade.
Cowfish serves up local microbrews and an innovative New American menu in a restored 100-year-old brick building in historic Lander.
Take the kids (and Grown-Ups!)
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Once an ancient island, the Red Desert is one of the last high-elevation deserts left in the United States. Scout out a fossil bed, traces of extinct animals, prehistoric rock art and even wagon ruts made by pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail.
See the Killpecker Sand Dunes
Don't miss the Killpecker Sand Dunes, known as a "singing" sand dune – there are only seven in the entire world. In addition to stunning soft dunes, the area also features incredible geological buttes and spires.
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Go Off-Road With Your Family
Head out West with your middle schoolers and high schoolers for an adventure like no other vacation. Take a dune buggy, dirt bike or ATV across the 11,000 acres of designated open play spaces in the Killpecker Sand Dunes. Never gone off-road? No worries. Novice riders learn the ropes on smaller dunes and flat terrain.
Disclaimer: This is a true "off the grid experience," and cell service is limited! Make sure you have extra water, and a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with thick tires (and a spare tire) to traverse the dirt roads. Let someone know where you are headed and when you plan to return.
More Family-Friendly Activities
- Look at Wildlife, Including Wild Horses
- See the Nation’s Largest Desert Elk Herd
- Sled or Ski Down the Dunes
- Take in a Sunset
- Beach Volleyball
Rich in Wyoming's mining and railroad history, Rock Springs is an essential stop. Not only is downtown a must-do today with its variety of locally owned bars and restaurants, but it also has a long history of being a stopping point for early-day pioneers.
Take a Step Into History
A Rock Springs landmark since the 1930s, Boschetto’s European Market & Deli was founded by Ben Boschetto who immigrated to Rock Springs from northern Italy.
Rock Springs Historical Museum, housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall, was constructed in 1894.