Travelling has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Especially due to the rise of Instagram photographers and videographers who are looking past the popular and well-known tourist traps in search of unique and unheard of destinations and experiences.
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If you are a traveller who loves being surrounded by natural beauty, look no further than Wyoming. Whether you plan your stay in a stunning hotel or at any of the cabins in Jackson Hole, you will be entranced by the stunning natural beauty of Wyoming. There are plenty of activities to participate in also, such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting.
Here are some of the best sights to see during your stay:
Devil’s Tower National Monument
The Devil’s Tower National Monument was the first declared national monument in the United States. This ominously named monument has a summit that is 5,112 feet above sea level. The monuments strange appearance has given rise to many stories of the supernatural/science fiction that explain its creation. One look at this geological marvel will quickly show why, its shape makes it look like an entrance to the underworld, which is a result of volcanic activity in the area. According to Native American Legend, a group of girls climbed on the rock after being chased by a bear. They prayed to the Great Spirit for help and they were saved after the spirit made the ground beneath them rise, thus forming the rock.
8 miles of trails here that span the rock and the surrounding meadows, which are covered in wildflowers in the spring. This is a great place to go on a guided hike and explore the areas with locals that have an intimate knowledge of the area. There is so much to explore on the trails and it’s definitely worth setting some time aside to see the monument and the trails.
For lovers of all things water, the nearby Belle Fourche River is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, kayaking and rafting. There are enough fish for the avid angler, such as Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Black Bullhead and the Catch Walleye, among others. The river can be as exciting or as relaxing as you want.
At the heart of the Wapiti Valley lies the Smith Mansion, which has inspired many dark tales. The house is rumoured to have been built by a madman, with its countless balconies and winding staircases was built by a madman. The truth is less sinister, however, the home was built by Francis Lee Smith as a family home.
The mansion was built entirely out of locally sourced materials and began its life as a regular looking house. As time went on, Smith added floors and balconies to the house, leading to its strange appearance. Even after his divorce, Smith dedicated more and more time to constructing additional floors. He died tragically doing the thing he loved, falling from an upper balcony whilst working on construction.
Since then, the house has been empty and time has caused it to look more ominous. Pictures don’t do this place justice, you just need to see Smith Mansion for yourself.
Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and oldest national park. It spans 2.2 million acres and is home to some amazing natural wonders, such as natural wilderness, geysers, forests, fauna and hot springs. The untouched nature of the National Park means that diverse fauna still roams the areas, like bison, elk, wolves and eagles. If you visit Yellowstone National Park, make sure you visit the famous pools, springs and geysers in the area, like:
Morning Glory Pool
This pool was originally named Convolutus, the Latin name for the Morning Glory flower. This rainbow coloured pool owes its unique appearance to the thermophilic bacteria that inhabit its waters. The differently coloured bacteria thrive in different temperatures, which gives the Morning Glory Pool its spectacular colour gradient. The pool was originally blue, but the heat of the pool has dropped significantly. This is due to blockages in its thermal vents and has caused pigmented bacteria flourishing under the surface. It is truly amazing to go on one day and see the bright colours and go again on another day to see completely different colours.
Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring is another rainbow-hued body of water in the Yellowstone National Park. It was discovered in the 1800s and is so hot that the center of the pool is sterile. The waters rainbow hue comes from the pigmented microbes that live in the warm, mineral-rich waters. Since different pigmented microbes thrive in different temperatures, the colour of the pool changes along with the seasons. During the winter, the waters are greener due to the cooler waters. Conversely, if you visit the spring in the Summer, you will see more orange and red pigments in the water.
Old Faithful Geyser
This consistent Geyser erupts every 92 minutes, and this reliability was the reason it was named “Old Faithful”. This very predictable time frame between the eruptions allows crowds to gather at the right time to witness this amazing natural event. The water in the Geyser reaches temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit and is spewed to heights of 190 feet. The steam released by the Geyser reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
So if you’re planning a visit to Wyoming, make sure you pack your camera and outdoor gear for an experience in nature that no other place can match.