The Wild West of Wyoming
Fly Drive Holidays
DAY 1 –
Fly to Denver, Colorado
Arrive Denver, Colorado and collect your rental car
Overnight: Denver, Colorado
DAY 2 –
Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming (110 miles)
Head north to Wyoming’s state capital of Cheyenne. On the way, stop at Terry Bison Ranch to get up close to hand feed Wyoming’s iconic beasts. Visit the Old West Museum to learn about the annual Frontier Days, one of the oldest annual rodeos in the country. Other options include the Cheyenne Depot and Depot Museum, the Wyoming State Capitol, the Big Boy Steam Engine and Downtown Cheyenne.
DAY 3 –
Cheyenne to Casper (180 miles)
The town of Casper has some of the richest history in Wyoming with thousands of pioneers passing through on the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. Visit the National Historic Trails Centre to delve deeper into history. Downtown Casper is the place for shopping, including the nine floor Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters where you can buy an authentic Stetson and pair of cowboy boots, ready to holiday in true western style! Outdoor enthusiasts will love Casper Mountain for hiking, biking and even archery.
DAY 4 –
Casper to Devils Tower to Buffalo (320 miles)
Head north east to Devils Tower, America’s first national monument, reaching 364 meters into the western sky. Film fanatics will recognize this monolithic butte from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Enjoy a stroll on the paved 1.3 mile Tower Trail, taking you through a ponderosa pine forest and boulder fields, around the base of the tower. To finish the day drive west to the historic western town of Buffalo. The Bighorn Mountains provide an impressive backdrop and an adventure playground for hiking, cycling, horse riding and more. For a relaxing evening try one of the saloons and grill restaurants followed by some live music.
DAY 5 –
Buffalo to Cody (165 miles)
If you want to find your inner cowboy or cowgirl then saddle up on a trail ride from a local ranch, into the Bighorn Mountains. Alternatively take a hike in the Bighorn National Forest on your way to Buffalo Bill’s Cody, a town built by the legendary Old West showman. Lose yourself in the expansive Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five thematic museums. Don’t miss the nightly live shootout performance in front of the Irma Hotel, which was built by Buffalo Bill Cody himself, or the daily summer Cody Nite Rodeo.
DAY 6, 7, 8 –
Cody to Yellowstone National Park (60 miles)
Get an early start for the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone - best known for the geysers, hot springs and mud pots that make the park one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. The awe-inspiring landscape covers 2,000,000 acres with over 10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species. Popular sites include Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Lamar and Hayden Valleys and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its inspirational view of Lower Falls. Delve deeper into the wilderness on a guided wolf or bear tracking tour for the ultimate Yellowstone experience.
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
DAY 9 –
Yellowstone National Park to Jackson (80 miles)
Get your last fill of Yellowstone as you head south to Grand Teton National Park, dominated by the Tetons, a 40-mile mountain range that is part of the famed Rocky Mountains. Spend the day exploring the park – drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop, visit Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center, or take the Aerial Tram. Enjoy a hike or wildlife safari, take a boat trip on one of the lakes and visit the town of Jackson which features wooden sidewalks, elk antler arches and shops that range from the chic to the traditional; saddle up at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or visit the world-famous Silver Dollar Bar.
DAY 10 –
Jackson to Riverton (200 miles)
Make your way to the Wind River Reservation area where you can choose between multiple driving tours, including visits to the Eastern Shoshone Cultural Centre and the Northern Arapaho Experience Room. For the afternoon you can either head slightly south to Sinks Canyon State Park, a natural ecosystem full of rivers, waterfalls, rock formations, caves and arches, or you can head north to Thermopolis, with a scenic drive through the stunning Wind River Canyon until you reach Thermopolis Hot Springs where you can soak your weary legs.
Overnight: Riverton or Lander
DAY 11 –
Riverton to Flaming Gorge to Rock Springs (270 miles)
Start your day with a scenic drive to play in nature’s sand box, Killpecker Sand Dunes. Thrill seekers can try ATV quadbiking, dune buggies, dirt bikes or sand boarding. For hikers, head to the top of the dunes to try and spot the herd of rare desert elk. Stop in Rock Springs for lunch before heading to Flaming Gorge Recreation Area for the afternoon. Sunsets are particularly spectacular in the golden red river canyon. Drive back to Rock Springs for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Rock Springs
DAY 12 –
Rock Springs to Saratoga to Laramie (230 miles)
From Rock Springs head east on Highway 80 to Saratoga, the popular mountain town for shopping, scenery, hiking and fishing. Don’t miss the free, natural hot springs! Take some time to explore the hiking trails in Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains offer stunning scenic views with snow capped mountains and pristine, shimmering lakes. Continue your drive east along the twisting Snowy Mountain Scenic Byway until you reach your final night stop in historical Laramie where you can visit the Wyoming Territorial State Prison and Laramie Plains Museum in the old Ivinson Mansion.
DAY 13 –
Laramie to Denver (135 miles)
Drive south through northern Colorado to take your return flight back home from Denver International Airport.
Day 14 –
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