I like to have room to breathe when I travel. For me, sharing a viewing platform with 50 other people doesn’t feel special; I’m trying to escape the seething mass of humanity, not meld with it. In the past, I thought I’d only find this space in the most remote parts of the American Midwest – but I was wrong. You can find your room to breathe in Wind River Country, Fremont County, Wyoming.
How do you choose between national parks and state parks, BLM land or national forests? When it comes to traveling the United States, everyone’s got something to say, but who do you trust? When you’re planning a U.S. road trip, it’s not easy to decide where to explore. Let us help. When you sit down to plan a trip, it’s easy to find yourself gazing at Google maps, wondering if the destination has enough activities and scenery for your travel needs, whether it will be cost-efficient, or whether the food will be half decent. In the debate of national parks vs. state parks, it’s clear that both have a lot to offer. One area might have a national monument, but its trails and loop drive clearly aren’t going to fill two weeks. Still, you notice a national forest area, a state park, and some BLM land within a stone’s throw. Which do you choose?
Idaho Falls is a city at the eastern edge of Idaho. Its 60,000 residents enjoy an array of attractions, outdoor and cultural, year-round. You can enjoy the scenic River Walk, explore the alien landscape of Craters of the Moon, check out the latest exhibit at the Museum of Idaho, or stroll through Tauphaus Park Zoo – and so much more. Whether it’s Craters of the Moon or the River Walk trail that runs through the city, there’s always something to do.
Logan, regarded as Utah’s heart of the arts, is a city of 50,000 people in northeast Utah. An hour north of Salt Lake City, it’s the perfect place to escape urban living. Logan, in the heart of Cache Valley, is home to a range of great activities, from fishing, biking, and hiking, to horseback riding and a Foodie Trek – but that’s just the surface.
At the southern edge of Montana lies the town of Big Sky. It’s 90 minutes from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park and packed with activities. The people of Big Sky cherish the outdoors, and you can’t help but notice, wandering its streets and hiking its various, surrounding trails. It feels authentic, considered, and in-touch with your adventure needs.
Vernal, a rural town located in northeastern Utah, may be one of the top places to visit in The West. There’s good reason to believe so. People travel from across the globe to its copacetic setting, that’s home to ancient history and outdoor activities. Fossils dating back more than 100 million years, Native American petroglyphs, rafting and biking, are just some of the attractive aspects of Vernal.
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad could offer the best historic train rides in the west. The company, home to a 12,000 square foot museum, sits in the idyllic town of Durango. It’s a stone’s throw from Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and many great state parks. Parks aside, the D&SNGR (Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad) offers its own wealth of brilliant activities.
Bryce Canyon is one of the United States’ most charismatic national parks. Spanning 56 miles, there’s more to do here than is probably possible to cover in a lifetime. But what are the specifics, and where’s a good place to start? Well, you need a base to venture out from, and we’ve got the perfect spot: The Ruby’s Inn.
Cheyenne’s roots go back years. It was a prime base of actions in the once-Dakota territory, that today we know as Wyoming. As a major station for the Union Pacific railroad, the city supplied goods to explorers and businessman alike. Cheyenne may be the best place to experience the ‘old-west’ – here’s why.
Riverton is in Fremont County, Wyoming. It’s at the southern edge of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and is home to vibrant Native American culture that dates back hundreds of years. Names like Chief Washakie, Jim Bridger, and Sacajawea, are just a few notable figures who have made Riverton the place it is today.