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The Stunning Parks of Wyoming

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Last week I shared my visit to South Dakota and some of the highlights, and this week I extend the America’s-national-parks-theme to its neighbor of Wyoming…

The Stunning Parks of Wyoming

The world is full of extraordinary sights and views. Travelers fly from one side of the globe to the other to discover new cultures, explore world cuisines, and have life-changing experiences. Because there are unbelievable sights on every continent, it’s easy to forget those that are nearby. The United States is home to some magnificent sights and activities that are often overlooked for overseas getaways.

I confess that when I first planned my trip to South Dakota in June, I had no understanding of the national parks and the locations of interest for those areas, because I previously had paid little attention to US destinations. As I started to learn more and research, I found that there are a few natural alignments of national parks that make sense based on their proximity.

From my visit to South Dakota, I could imagine planning a 5-6 day visit there, and for someone with a little more time, that area combines very nicely with the key parks of Wyoming, for either a self-drive vacation or escorted tour. Tauck has a couple of tours that would be perfect to see the sights of South Dakota I mentioned last week along with Wyoming’s national parks of  Bighorn National Forest, Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is full of natural beauty, inspiring sights, wildlife, geysers, canyons, rivers and lakes. Those who visit the park can get the full wild west experience. They can enjoy chuck wagon dinners with biscuits and beans, ride horseback through steep canyons, admire strong bison, and visit historic Native American reservations. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in Yellowstone National Park: kayak down rivers, hike, raft through rapid waters, and relax in beautiful hot springs.

One of the traditions of Yellowstone is watching the eruption of Old Faithful Geyser, one of almost 500 geysers in the park. It’s unusual in that the rangers are able to predict its eruptions with regularity.

Another feature of Yellowstone is Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world, and the largest in the United States. What is truly unique about this hot spring are the rainbow colors that glisten in the water, and it is the most photographed site in the park. The spring is truly one of a kind place that visitors will forever cherish.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is a park with picturesque mountain peaks. The peaks are some of the highest in the Teton mountain rage. The mountains paired with the glistening lakes make beautiful backdrops. The sunrises and sunsets from atop the mountain peaks are breathtaking. Guests can also go hiking through simple and difficult trails. Tired of the mountains? Tourists can head down to the water for some swimming, boating, fishing, and rafting. There is something for everyone at Grand Teton. Best of all, the vast landscape of the park means there is always something new to see.

The park has a 42 mile scenic loop that begins and ends at Jackson Lake Junction. Guests can enjoy sunrise views at Jackson Lake before heading out a five hour trip through the Tetons. Along the way, there are stops that allow people to take in the views and wildlife.

Bighorn National Forest

There are over a million acres of forest at Bighorn National Forest. This forest has a beautiful landscape that is full of the Bighorn Mountains, meadows, lakes, valleys, and grasslands. It’s situated halfway between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone park, which makes it the perfect midway road trip destination as you explore the national parks of South Dakota and Wyoming. Those who enjoy outdoor pursuits will also love Bighorn National Forest because it has numerous trails through lush forests and wildlife.
The area provides fantastic scenery offered by scenic byways and mountain passages. Bighorn National Forest is one of the oldest protected forest reserves in the United States. An added bonus is that the Big Teton Mountains are a sister mountain range to the Rockies.

Wyoming is the place to visit America. Each of these beautiful parks has something special to offer. People come from all over the world to visit the parks in Wyoming; why shouldn’t Americans see them, too? There are wonderful travel locations across the entire world; that includes the incredible parks in the United States.