The seat of Wyoming politics, Cheyenne is the state capital and host to the annual Frontier Days, one of the largest rodeos in North America.
Full of historic buildings, Buffalo sits at the base of the Big Horn Mountains and is a convenient base for exploring the region.
Wyoming's second largest city, Casper offers the state's largest concentration of museums and art galleries, numerous performing arts groups and easy access to nearby outdoor activities.
Named after Buffalo Bill Cody; Cody is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park to the west and the Bighorn mountains to the east.
Known as the "Home of the Jackalope", Douglas hosts Wyoming's State Fair each August.
A haven for fishing, canoeing and kayaking and a base for exploring Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Also the start point of the John Wesley Powell expedition down the Green River into Colorado.
Surrounded by the Tetons, Jackson is the gateway to Teton National Park and some of the best skiing in North America.
A quaint college town, Laramie is the home of the University of Wyoming and sits at the foot of the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains.
A mix of Old West and Victorian architecture, golf courses and the nearby Cloud Peak Wilderness.
The Black Hills straddle South Dakota and Wyoming and stand in contrast to the prairies, rolling from 5,000-6,000 feet in elevation.
Made famous in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," the 500-foot monolith is the core of an ancient volcano.
The canyon surrounding this giant reservoir was named by explorer John Wesley, who upon first looking at the red gorge, believed that it was on fire.
This jagged range in the Rocky Mountains is a wondrous playground for climbers, hikers, skiers and all outdoor enthusiasts.
The nation's first national park was set aside in 1872 to preserve its geysers, hot springs and thermal areas, as well as the area's incredible wildlife and rugged beauty.
Wyoming's northern neighbor is often called Big Sky Country for its famed big, blue skies, but the amazing natural landscape varies from the flat regions in the East to the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the West.
Wyoming's northeastern neighbor is home to such natural and cultural wonders as Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park and Mount Rushmore.
The state's southeastern neighbor has a rich agricultural heritage, offering visitors a glimpse into America's heartland.
The Rocky Mountain state borders Wyoming to the south and offers a mind-boggling array of outdoor activities.
Wyoming's southwestern neighbor is worth visiting for the mind-blowing rock formations found in places like Arches National Park and Zion National Park, as well as the winter recreation opportunities found around Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Wyoming's western neighbor is a rugged state, with snow-capped mountains, whitewater rivers, forests, high desert, and plenty of wilderness.
Wyoming is a great place to discover the American West. With many unspoiled mountain vistas, vast blue skies and the awe-inspiring scenery of the high plains and Rocky Mountains, Wyoming offers much of what travelers to this region seek. Unlike other states in the Rockies, Wyoming's demographic growth has been restricted to a few areas of the state where mineral extraction has expanded in the recent past. While mining and drilling have expanded recently (and very notably in some regions), Wyoming is still relatively unspoiled compared to other parts of the region.
Wyoming is the least populated U.S. state, with slightly more than half a million residents, the majority of whom cluster into a handful of cities and towns. Of these, Cheyenne and Casper are the largest and are home to more than a quarter of the state's citizens. For visitors, this means that the distance between towns is often vast, requiring more planning and self-sufficiency than travel in more densely populated parts of the country. It also means that travelers will have the chance to experience first hand the feeling of being all alone in vast, wide-open spaces.
The state offers a wealth of outdoor recreation and sightseeing opportunities, including the nation's first national park, mountain ranges, vast forests, crystal-clear rivers and wilderness areas. The state's attractions include archaeological treasures, such as those at Castle Gardens in central Wyoming, as well as ghost towns dating from the early frontier days (Atlantic City) to the 1980s. Native American culture has left a significant mark on the state and region. The Wind River reservation, home to the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes, offer visitors excellent opportunities to experience contemporary Native American culture and to learn about the past.
Nearly half of the state is designated as public land, so visitors will not lack for opportunities to get out and experience wide open spaces. As visitors might expect, Wyoming's economy is closely tied to these public lands, used for mineral extraction, tourism and ranching, making land-use policy one of the state's most hotly debated issues.