Bring a few DVDs with you on your flight to Wyoming – it’s possible the movie you’re watching was filmed here.Popular movies including Starship Troopers, Rocky IV, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Any Which Way You Can, and of course, the Academy-award winning Brokeback Mountain took place in the Wyoming countryside. While it’s not likely you’ll cuddle up next to Jake Gyllenhaal on your flight to Wyoming, it’s still worth traveling to the Cowboy State.
Book flights to Wyoming and head to one of the many Dude Ranches. If herding sheep and slopping food for pigs doesn’t interest you, take a flight to Wyoming for its vast countryside. Hikers, campers and skiers head to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole for an adventure in the great outdoors. Many people book Wyoming flights to Cheyenne – the city famous for its annual “Frontier Days” celebration.
Don’t board the Wyoming flight back home without first stopping at Devils Tower. This huge rock intrusion is a must-see attraction in Wyoming. Movie lovers will remember it from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Book a flight to Wyoming to be one of the few tourists to climb Devil’s Tower and maybe you’ll find a few close encounters of your own.
Popular Destinations in Wyoming
The second-highest U.S. state, Wyoming is dry with a cool climate. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 100 degrees (F) with nights in the 40s (it can snow in the mountains in summer). Away from the mountains July ranges from 80 to 90 degrees. Spring is mild, and fall cool with occasional snow. Winter brings bitter winds, single-digit temperatures, and powdery snow to the mountains.Annual precipitation ranges from less than 10 inches to 60 inches in the higher elevations.
Summer is the peak season and travelers should book Wyoming flights and accommodations well in advance. Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are packed. The 10-day Cheyenne Frontier Days starts in late July. Laramie draws crowds for the University of Wyoming graduation in mid-May, the Fourth of July, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and UW football weekends.
Winter draws the skiers and snow-sport enthusiasts from December to March.
Cheap flights to Wyoming and discounted accommodations can be booked during the winter months. Yellowstone has only a few roads open mid-December through February. Grand Teton National Park closes several entrances from November to May. However, the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are excellent.
Cheyenne’s rates drop in winter. Jackson Hole’s rates drop from October to the first big snowfall and again from April until Memorial Day.
With no train service, few in-state Wyoming flights, and limited bus service, you need a car in Wyoming. The main roads are well-maintained. However, keep in mind that you need to rent according to when and where you will be driving. If you are going off the beaten track or off road, get a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Wyoming’s speed limits are liberal, but they are strictly enforced. Winter driving requires extra considerations. Not only can you encounter whiteouts, roads become slippery and icy, and tow trucks are rare outside the towns. Take a flashlight, warm clothes, sleeping bag, and safety gear in case you get stuck or snowed in by a blizzard.
The exception for needing a car is the ski resorts. The START buses run between Jackson and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, making more than 40 stops along the way. Similarly, the Targhee Express runs between Jackson and the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort.
Driving in Yellowstone is so popular that you can get caught in a traffic jam in summer. A great place for bicycling, you can bike the public roads and a few service roads (but not backcountry trails) from April to October.