15 Amazing Places to Visit in Wyoming

There's nothing like soaking in the natural beauty of Wyoming firsthand. A great way to hold on to those images is by photographing this beauty that surrounds you. Practically any where you go in Wyoming is a photo-taking paradise.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Since its designation as a national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park has been a cherished part of the Wyoming's rich tapestry. It’s easy to see why. The very definition of "unspoiled," Yellowstone has served for generations as a sort of living museum, its natural splendors giving visitors an up-close-and-personal glimpse of what the continent was like in the days before recorded history.

Bison, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

The park's vast network of trails will take hikers to hundreds of secluded places where vehicles are prohibited. You're bound to see wildlife wherever you go. Yellowstone's legendary wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, buffalo, elk, pronghorn antelope, trumpeter swans, eagles and much more.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

The iconic spots — Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake — will be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience. They're not just as good as you've heard — they're better.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring places in America. Occupying a majority of the Jackson Hole valley, the park is home to overwhelming, massive mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, and abundant, teeming wildlife.

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

The Teton Range - with peaks rising as much as 7,000 feet off the valley floor - is the centerpiece of the park. Views from either of the two main roads, which run north-south through the park, are nothing short of spectacular. The highest, most prominent peak is the Grand Teton, standing at 13,770 feet.

Autumn in the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

While the scenery is nice from the road, the park is best experienced on foot! Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind around the lakes and through the mountains; the choices are almost limitless. From easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips, each trail has a distinct, uniquely dynamic character all its own.

Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake is located in north western Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park.

In the northwest region of Grand Teton National Park lies Jackson Lake. This 15-mile long glacial lake, located at the base of the Tetons, is a natural lake who's size increased significantly with the construction of a damn in the early 1900's. It has since become a recreational destination, with visitors flocking to its shores for fishing, boating and camping.

Schwabachers Landing

Late spring sunset by the iconic beaver dam at Schwabachers Landing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA)

This is easily one of the most popular spots for professional photographers to capture the dramatic Tetons with a classic water reflection in the foreground.

Schwabachers Landing is accessed roughly four miles north of Moose off of the main highway. The gravel access road can become rough and rutted at times but easily accessible by car. Travel to the parking lot at the end of the gravel.

Granite Hot Springs

Granite Hot Springs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A local favorite for relaxing and easing muscles sore from mountain adventures, Granite Hot Springs is a natural hot spring – complete with campground, swimming pool and soaking pool – nestled in the Gros Ventre Mountains.

Escape the problems of the workday world and sink into the natural rejuvenating warm-water springs. With both a man-made swimming pool and a natural hot springs bath, this spot offers some fabulous opportunities to luxuriate in healing water.

Wind River Range

Wind River Range - Wyoming... Ha! And some people actually dare to say America isn't beautiful

The 90-mile long Wind River Mountain range form the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains in western Wyoming. These rugged and scenic mountains contain four wilderness areas and over 2,900 lakes and ponds. Wyoming’s highest mountain, Gannett Peak, is in this mountain range.

These mountains are home to grizzly and black bear, elk, moose, deer, wolves and many other wildlife species. This is the headwaters for the Snake, Missouri and Colorado River drainages.

Devils Tower

Devils Tower, Wyoming, USA

Devils Tower National Monument, which looms more than 1,200 feet above Wyoming's eastern plains and the Belle Fourche River, is a one-of-a-kind natural wonder. The flat-topped volcanic formation is found amid some of the state's most beautiful country, leaving you plenty to do after you behold its otherworldly presence.

Tower Fall

Tower falls at sunrise, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This is the most popular waterfall in Yellowstone other than the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon. The waterfall is located behind the General Store. A short walk will take you to an overlook, but we also recommend you take the short-but-steep hike down to the base of the waterfall.

Tower Fall is a must see waterfall. 132 feet in height, the waterfall is located in a canyon near the Tower Falls general store.

A half-mile steep, switchback hike downward takes you to the bottom of the waterfall. Take the same trail back up.

Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake, Cascade Canyon Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Named for the Shoshone wife of the trapper that gave his name to nearby Leigh Lake, Jenny Lake sits at the base of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

Jenny Lake's verdant shores and nearly two square miles of pristine mountain water make it a popular destination for hikers and boaters of all ability levels.

Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

One of the most beautiful lakes in Grand Teton National Park is Leigh Lake, one of the string of lakes that lie along the base of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. Located north of String and Jenny Lakes beneath the Grand Tetons it couldn't be in a prettier setting.

Looking across the lake provides a spectacular view of Mt. Moran (12,605 feet). Leigh Lake is one of the larger glacial lakes in the Teton Range. The lake was named for Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh, who trapped this area in the mid 1800's. Beaver Dick and and his wife Jenny who Jenny Lake was named for assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.

Big Horn Canyon

Big Horn Canyon, Wyoming

The vast, wild landscape of Bighorn Canyon offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world, and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place.

With over 120,000 acres, one can find an astounding diversity in ecosystems, wildlife, and more than 10,000 years of human history to explore.

Lower Falls

Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Lower Falls is by far the most popular waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. What makes this waterfall so memorable is the setting. It sits at the head of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, which itself is an attraction just from its precipitous canyon and the yellow rocks which line it. The waterfall is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Those yellow rocks, by the way, are how the park got the name "Yellowstone."

Oxbow Bend

Dreams of Oxbow, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

One of the most famous scenic spots in Grand Teton National Park for wildlife-watching is Oxbow Bend, with the reflection of Mt Moran as a stunning backdrop. Early morning and dusk are the best times to spot moose, elk, sandhill cranes, ospreys, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, Canada geese, blue herons and white pelicans. The oxbow was created as the river's faster water eroded the outer bank while the slower inner flow deposited sediment.

Snake River

Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The abundant wildlife and lush landscape of the Snake River Valley leaves a lasting impression in the mind of any visitor to Grand Teton National Park.

The Snake River is a complex river to float. The beauty and lack of whitewater often lulls boaters into complacency. A tangle of channels and logjams present difficulties and dangers and accidents occur often so use caution whenever you float.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Jackson Hole is a valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming. The term "hole" was used by early trappers or mountain men, who primarily entered the valley from the north and east and had to descend along relatively steep slopes, giving the sensation of entering a hole.

These low-lying valleys surrounded by mountains and containing rivers and streams are good habitat for beaver and other fur-bearing animals.

15 Amazing Places to Visit in Montana

Montana is well known as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Winter sports, water sports, biking, hiking, you name it. Those who have been there call it Big Sky Country because of the rugged otherworldly beauty. A scenic drive through the Rockies, or along one of the longest state stretches of border with Canada will leave you breathless.

Glacier National Park

Waterfalls in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

With exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests, Glacier National Park is a year-round paradise. Scale its heights following trails pioneered by legendary Swiss mountain guides, take a gentle stroll amid moss-draped old-growth cedars or hike through alpine meadows strewn with lichen-covered boulders.

Glacier National Park, Montana

After a day's exploring, sink into an armchair before a roaring fire and steep yourself in the history of Rogers Pass, the final link in the railway that brought Canada together as a nation.

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake, Montana, USA

The largest natural lake in the Western US is Flathead. It has 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shore. Thanks to the Swan and Flathead rivers, fishermen and water enthusiasts have made the lake a Montana destination spot.

The crystal clear water of Flathead Lake, Montana makes it seem like the lake is shallow, but it's actually over 300 feet deep!

Part of the lake is on tribal reservation land and visitors must purchase a pass to visit this gorgeous stretch of the lake. If you’re arriving during Memorial Day, you can catch the annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival.

Triple Falls

Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

Triple Falls is a hidden location among the alpine meadows dubbed the Hanging Gardens in Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana. Just enough of some mindcraft unrealness to satisfy your descent.

This stunning waterfall is a also known as Double or Quadruple Falls depending on the number of streams joining the Reynolds Creek as it flows towards lower elevations, often a reflection of how much snow has melted. The landscape master Galen Rowell was among the first to photograph it, instantaneously elevating the site to an iconic status.

Avalanche Gorge

"Avalanche Gorge", Glacier National Park, Montana

Avalanche Gorge is a must see destination for anyone in the West Glacier area. With its luscious green canopy of moss and brilliant red rocks, there is no wonder why this little gorge is a favorite destination of photographers and travelers alike.

Avalanche Gorge at Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana

At the falls near the bridge, the stream dives into an incredibly narrow chasm for about forty feet. Some days when the light is right, you can view rays of sunlight as they reach down into the gorge where the creek pours over small punch bowl style waterfalls.

Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake - Montana

St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park is absolutely stunning. This long and big lake is surrounded by huge, steeply rising mountains on three sides, with gently rolling prairie and forested hillsides found along its eastern shoreline. The water is exceptionally clear and remains quite cool all summer long.

Glacier Stones - St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Saint Mary River, West Glacier Park, Montana

Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore.

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald, Montana

One of the most striking feature of some of the lakes in the Glacier National Park is the presence of a variety of colored rocks and pebbles just below the water surface and on the shores. The rocks range in color from dark red to maroon, and from green to blue.

Colored pebbles are seen in abundance on the shores of Lake McDonald on the western side of the park. Lake McDonald is the largest of the lakes of Glacier National Park with a surface area of 6,823 acres. It is also the longest, at over 15 km, as well as the deepest lake at 141 meters.

Pebble Shore Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana

These rocks are actually all around Glacier National Park, and were formed at different eras. When the glaciers came, it broke down the rocks into tiny fragments and the rivers washed them away. Many of these got deposited onto the lakes and "tarns" - lakes formed by filling the bottoms of ice-scoured amphitheaters. Water erosion then rendered them into smooth pebbles.

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone - Montana

The West Thumb Geyser Basin is situated at the western edge of a large bay along the shores of Yellowstone Lake. This area is known as the West Thumb caldera which was formed by a volcanic eruption that took place 174,000 years ago. This bay is actually a smaller caldera within the larger Yellowstone caldera. The resulting caldera filled with water, creating the bay.

West Thumb Geyser Basin is the largest geyser basin along the lake with many features lying underneath the water.

Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Grinnell Lake is the reward at the end of the Grinnell Lake Trail. And what a reward it is! The entire trail, although considered one of the easiest hikes in Glacier National Park, also offers some of the most spectacular scenery.

The lake has an opaque turquoise appearance from the rock flour (silt) which is transported to the lake from Grinnell Glacier.

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake, Montana. Iceberg Lake Trail is one of the best hiking trails in Glacier Park. Spectacular views of mountains, wildflower meadows and an iceberg filled lake.

One of the most popular trails in Glacier National Park (Montana), Iceberg Lake has icebergs (fallen from the adjacent 3000' cirque walls) well into August and sometimes beyond. The trail runs along the generally open Wilbur Creek valley.

Although open and hot, there are plenty of little waterfalls along the trail, so bring along your filter. A popular day hike destination, Iceberg Lake Trail is one of the best hiking trails in Glacier Park. Spectacular views of mountains, wildflower meadows and an iceberg filled lake.

Boardwalk, Trail of the Cedars

Boardwalk, Reflection, Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park, Montana

Trail of the Cedars, a flat boardwalk and paved path through beautiful old cedars and hemlocks. The humidity in this valley allows the cedars to grow to heights of 100 feet, and diameters of 4 to 7 feet. Some of the trees in this area are more than 500 years old.

Weir Creek Hot Springs

Weir Creek Hot Springs, Montana, USA

Weir Creek Hot Springs is a well-kept secret we shouldn't even be posting online just to keep it that way. But, you deserve to treat yourself in a long, hot, steaming soak in the middle of wilderness. If you can make it along the trail, that is.

Despite the seclusion, Weir is still a popular hang-out that's rarely empty. But it's a nice-sized pool that can fit about seven to ten comfortably. A hot water stream trickles down the boulders above the pool, feeding into it. Dark firs crowd around the pool. It's easy to never want to leave again.

Reynolds Mountain, Glacier National Park

Reynolds Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Reynolds Mountain is a true horn located about 1.5 miles south of the Logan Pass Visitor Center in Glacier National Park. The short approach and relatively small elevation gain of about 2,500 feet make this an easy day climb by any of the four established routes.

These factors also make Reynolds Mountain an excellent choice for climbers new to Glacier to become familiar with the somewhat unique rock and the grading system used in the local guidebook.

Headwaters Camp, Big Sky

Headwaters Camp, Big Sky, Montana

The project, Yellowstone Club's Headwaters Camp, located in Big Sky, Montana, is carefully cradled in a world defined by the orderly needs of program and the random artistry of nature in the extreme. Set on the edge of a series of man-made ponds, streams and falls, a rustic cabin appears to hover over the sparkling waters of a high mountain alpine lake.

Highway 93 North from Missoula

Highway 93 North from Missoula, Montana

Spend some time in western Montana and you'll see the bumper sticker: "Pray for me, I drive U.S. 93." This highway runs from Arizona to Canada. It is a two-laner through much of Montana, entering big-sky country from Idaho at Lost Trail Pass and passing through Missoula.

The road is heavily used, filled with recreational travelers as well as commercial and local traffic. It is also Montana's most dangerous two-lane highway - not only for people, but animals.

Jackson Glacier, Glacier National Park

Jackson Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana

Jackson Glacier is visible from Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. A part of the largest grouping of glaciers in the park, Jackson Glacier rests on the north side of Mount Jackson.

Jackson Glacier is one of the easiest of the park's glaciers to observe, and is located south of the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the east side of the Continental Divide, upper St. Mary Valley.

15 Amazing Places to Visit in Texas

Texas, the Lone Star State, is the second largest as well as the second most populated state in the US. It also holds some of the most beautiful spots in the world. Beautiful sights, lovely people and amazing cities make this a must visit destination.

Here are the top 15 must-do and must-see activities in the amazing state of Texas.

Hamilton Pools Preserve, Austin, Texas

The lagoon - Hamilton Pool, Texas

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. It is located about 30 miles west of Austin, is home to rare bird species and a 50-foot waterfall.

Hamilton Pools Preserve, Austin, Texas

Texas is hot (almost) all year-round, meaning it's easy to crave a cold pool. Grab your towels, a bottle of water, a group of friends and make that drive to Hamilton Pool Preserve. Not only will you enjoy the refreshing dip, but you will also be awed by the beautiful natural scenery this area has to offer.

The Oasis on Lake Travis, Austin

The Oasis on Lake Travis, Austin, Texas

The The Oasis on Lake Travis is a popular restaurant on the western edge of Austin, Texas. The restaurant promotes itself as the "Sunset Capital of Texas" with its terraced views looking west over Lake Travis. The thirty thousand square foot restaurant sits on a bluff 450 feet above the lake and is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas.

Water Gardens, Fort Worth, Texas

Water Gardens, Fort Worth, Texas

The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban park.

The Narrows, Hill Country, TX

The Narrows, Hill Country, TX

The Narrows - Blanco, Texas

The Narrows is an ecologically fragile, beautiful Texas property. Several endangered species make their home in these unique cliffs and the surrounding ranch lands.

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk, a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio River Walk, a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas.

The San Antonio River Walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city's cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions.

Devils River near Del Rio

Devils River near Del Rio, Texas

Fed by numerous clear springs within the region's karst topography, the Devils River is one of the most ecologically intact rivers in Texas. From the hilltops and water's edge of Devils River State Natural Area, visitors can revel in the sight and sound of the river's waters tumbling over limestone past rugged ridges, canyons and grassy banks, giving life to diverse plants and wildlife.

Boquillas Canyon

In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village.

In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village. At low water levels, the canyon may be explored on foot but for most of the year, a boat is the only option - the water is deep and fast flowing.

Jacobs Well, Texas

Jacobs Well, Texas! A paradise for divers...

Located about an hour outside of Austin, Texas, in Wimberley, there's a swimming hole called Jacob’s Well, an everlasting spring that feeds Cypress Creek. Every minute, thousands of gallons of water surge to the surface.

Jump in Jacob's Well - Wimberley, Texas.

This otherworldly chasm is said to have first been discovered in the 1850s, and for generations, it was a gathering place for early settlers and Native American tribes.

Jacob's Well, just outside of Austin. It is one of the longest underwater caves in Texas and an artesian spring.

Today, it's the prime spot for adventurers, thrill seekers and those just looking to escape the heat.

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX. Palo Duro is the second-largest canyon in the United States and is located just south of Amarillo, Texas.

Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature in the Panhandle of Texas. The Spanish name Palo Duro means "hardwood" and refers to the hardwood shrubs and trees found in the canyon.

Lonesome Highway, Guadalupe Mountains

Lonesome Highway, Texas

The road leading up to the Guadalupe Mountains is known as the "Lonesome Highway," probably because, like on many Texas roads, you won't come across other cars or any signs of civilization too often. To see this hauntingly beautiful scene firsthand, head west on highway 285 until it meets highway 180, which you'll turn left on and continue into the mountains.

The Little Chapel in the Woods - Denton

The Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton is a chapel constructed mainly for meditation and prayer. It was built in 1939, on the Denton campus of Texas Womans University, and was dedicated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Inside the chapel, there are many pieces of artwork, as well as stained glass windows.

The Little Chapel in the Woods is a chapel constructed mainly for meditation and prayer. It was built in 1939, on the Denton campus of Texas Womans University, and was dedicated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Inside the chapel, there are many pieces of artwork, as well as stained glass windows.

Gorman Falls, Texas Hill Country

Gorman Falls: A lush oasis, hidden in Texas hill country.

Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country. This waterfall is situated in Colorado Bend State Park, one of the most diverse state parks in the area, and is what is considered a "living" waterfall. While most waterfalls will get smaller over time, Gorman Falls gets bigger. This is due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water that runs through the large limestone deposits in the area.

Boquillas Canyon Trail

Boquillas Canyon Trail Overlooking the Rio Grande and Chisos Mountain Range, Big Bend Texas

The Boquillas Canyon trail climbs from the parking to the top of a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande. On this bluff, mortar holes from ancient inhabitants can be seen. Continue down to the river's edge and into the canyon until the canyon walls meet the river. Sandy slopes in the canyon are fun for children.

Big Bend Scenic Loop

This Texas drive is just over 250 miles long and  each day you'll feel like your on the backdrop of a classic Western movie.

This Texas drive is just over 250 miles long and  each day you'll feel like your on the backdrop of a classic Western movie.

See the spectacular Marfa Lights by teepee, get lost in the vastness of Big Bend National Park, kayak in the Rio Grande and gently make your way though stroll through it's famous quirky small towns that you'll find no where else.

The Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country, Texas

Not only is the Hill Country central to Texas and home of our capital, but many consider this the heart and soul of the state. Perhaps only here have such an array of cultural and natural features come together to create such a uniquely charming region. The land’s beautiful rolling hills, sparkling rivers and bold display of bluebonnets every Spring are matched by the independent spirit of the people and a level of cultural diversity Texans pride themselves on.