Travel to Wyoming – Episode 659

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Wyoming Nation Parks, State Parks and Tourist Sites (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Wyoming’s national parks, state parks, and tourist sites as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Melroy from about her love for the state.

We talk about the popular upper left corner of Wyoming with Yellowstone and Grand Tetons nation parks, but first, we talk about places to see elsewhere in the state which Jennifer says we should not skip. 

She suggests a 5-day itinerary for the rest of the state including Devils Tower, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Vedauwoo Recreation Area, Killpecker Sand Dunes, and Fossil Butte National Monument.

Along the way, we will stop at rocks with graffiti from pioneers on the Oregon Trail, an old west fort, an outlaw hideout, a giant head of Abraham Lincoln, and at least one steak house.

Some sites in Wyoming you may recognize from movies:

  • Devils Tower – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Hole-in-the-Wall – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Hell’s Half Acre – Starship Troopers

Tourists, like movie makers, are drawn to the wide-open plains of Wyoming, the badlands, huge sand dunes, the box canyons, the basalt columns, the jagged mountains, the wildlife, and of course the geysers.

Yellowstone National Park has more than 500 active geysers (more than half the world’s geysers), the beautiful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and wildlife that includes bears, bison, moose (more in the Tetons these days) and wolves. Grand Tetons National Park has beautiful rugged mountains. Jennifer gives us some tips on how to spend a couple of days in the Tetons and Yellowstone if you are pressed for time.

Come see the popular and the out-of-the-way places that deserve your attention in Wyoming.

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Show Notes
Devils Tower
Fort Laramie
Killpecker Sand Dunes
Fossil Butte National Monument
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Devil’s Tower Hiking
Climbing Devil’s Tower
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Hell’s Half Acre
Starship Troopers (film)
Independence Rock
Oregon Trail
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument
Devils Tower Lodge
Hotels in Casper, Wyoming
Vista del la Luna Bed and Breakfast, Laramie
Cheyenne Rib and Chophouse
Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks – Episode 183
Old Faithful Geyer
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Steamboat Geyser
Norris Geyser Basin Tour
Grand Teton National Park
Moose in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks


Hi Chris, 

I’m sure you get a lot of thank you’s daily and I’m happily adding another to your list.  
Your podcast was suggested to me on Spotify.  Their recommendation page posted your podcast and it couldn’t have been more timely.  A couple of weeks ago, I had two friends coming to visit me in Singapore (from the US) and we couldn’t decide on another destination in SE Asia to visit (they had a limited visit). The episode that popped up was about Ipoh, Malaysia.
Immediately I listened and was instantaneously intrigued.  I sent your podcast to my friends and they too were hooked.  It was then, we decided Ipoh was the place to explore.
Thank you for delivering fantastic content.  
I do have my own blog and have written about our excursion and referenced your website and podcast on the post.  If you care to, please have a read; .
Cheers Chris.  Your new listener.

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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