Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming is best known as the cowboy state and home of “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Wyoming is the ninth largest state in the United States, but has the smallest population. The borders were defined exclusively according to geographical degrees of longitude and latitude, so that the drawing of the border corresponds to a rectangle. The spirit of the Wild West lives on in this region of wilderness, space and breathtaking panoramas. Geographical attractions include eleven major mountains, prairies, rangelands, parks, forests, lakes and rivers. Wyoming has a strictly continental climate with freezing winters, where blizzards often cause freezing rain and heavy snowfalls. Summers are very hot and dry, with occasional tornadoes in the southeastern state. Visitors are primarily drawn to Yellowstone National Park, the oldest national park in the world. The park is known for its geothermal springs and grizzly bears. The last free-living herd of bison in the USA found a secure retreat here. Yellowstone Lake, the largest mountain lake in North America at 354 km², is a popular fishing destination. Grand Teton National Park offers excellent conditions for mountaineers. Numerous hiking trails lead through the park, which become cross-country skiing trails in winter. Numerous myths of different Indian tribes are entwined around the Devils Tower (Devil’s Tower), a more than 360 meter high magma rock on the edge of the Black Hills. The monolith was designated America’s first national monument in 1906. The world’s best preserved fossils have been found at Fossil Butte National Monument (website: www.nps.gov/fobu/index.htm) in Lincoln County.
- Travelationary: Covers basic information about Wyoming geography and economy.
Arriving by plane
Jackson Hole Airport (website: www.jacksonholeairport.com) has flights to all major US cities.
Arrival by car
A Greyhound line runs from Salt Lake City to Omaha via Evanston, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Laramie and Cheyenne. Additional lines run from Laramie and Cheyenne to Denver. More information from Greyhound (website: www.greyhound.com).
Arrival by train
The Amtrak Thruway bus service connects cities in Wyoming with Denver, Colorado, where Amtrak’s California Zephyr train stops. For more information, visit www.amtrak.com.
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, Yellowstone Park, Old Faithful Road
US-82190 Old Faithful, Wyoming
(307) 344 73 81.
http://www.yellowstonepark.com Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
One Depot Square, 121 West 15th St., Suite 202
US-82001 Cheyenne, Wyoming
(307) 778.31.33, (800) 426.50.09 (toll free within the US).
http://www.cheyenne.org Green River Chamber of Commerce
1155 West Flaming Gorge Way
US-82935 Green River, Wyoming
(307) 875 57 11, (800) 354 67 43 (toll free within the US).
http://www.grchamber.com Wyoming Travel & Tourism
5611 High Plains Road
US-82007 Cheyenne, Wyoming
(307) 777 77 77, (800) 225 59 96 (toll free within the US).
http://www.wyomingtourism.org The Great American West
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(089) 689 06 38 41.
Laramie, with the interesting pioneer post of Fort Laramie, is a good base for driving into the beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest, a beautiful area for hiking and skiing.
- Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in Wyoming.
The world-famous Yellowstone National Park (Internet: http://www.yellowstone.net/ ) is the oldest and probably also the most beautiful national park in the USA. One of the main attractions is the Old Faithful Geyser, whose fountain, up to 60 m high, can be seen almost every hour. There are a total of 10,000 hot springs in Yellowstone. The diverse wildlife is particularly fascinating for Europeans – moose, bison, eagles, bears and coyotes live here in the wild. If you want to stay longer and stay at the Old Faithfull Inn, it is best to secure a room two months in advance. Further south is Grand Teton National Park offers several three-thousanders and excellent leisure facilities. Mountaineering, hiking, horseback riding, camping and water sports are all possible. The 13,000- foot Grand Teton is the second highest mountain in Wyoming. You can stay overnight in several holiday ranches.
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