According to deluxesurveillance, Wyoming is a lesser known state in the US. Although popular among Americans themselves, not many foreign travelers have discovered this amazing part of America yet! Wyoming is located in the northern United States. It borders Montana to the north, Idaho to the west, and Utah, and South Dakota and Nebraska to the east. The capital is Cheyenne where the beautiful Capitol Building stands. It is the largest city in Wyoming with 540,000 inhabitants.
The state of Wyoming is also known as the ‘Equality State’ and for good reason. Women’s suffrage was introduced here in 1869 as the first state in the US. Slowly, women began to have the same rights as men. Thanks Wyoming! For a long time this region was oppressed by French settlers, but in 1890 Wyoming was officially incorporated as the 44th state of the United States.
According to electronicsmatter, the Great Divide runs right through Wyoming. This forms an invisible boundary between two river basins. East of this division, the water runs to the Atlantic Ocean, such as Big Horn and Yellowstone. The waters that run in the western basin drain into the Pacific Ocean, such as the Snake River.
With over 250,000 square kilometers you can safely call Wyoming one of the larger states of the US. The shape of the state is almost perfectly rectangular, much like neighboring state Colorado. More than 500,000 people live there. If you want to emigrate to the US, definitely consider living in Wyoming. The standard of living here is so high that this state came sixth in terms of quality of life. There is almost no crime and the taxes are nice and low. Enough reason to consider Wyoming as a new home base!
Nature is the biggest reason why you should not skip this still relatively unknown state. The Rocky Mountains run through Wyoming. Gannet Peak is the highest peak at 4207 and stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Rockies. The ‘Tetons’ are located in northwestern Wyoming and fall under the Rocky Mountains. Much of this mountain range falls within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park which includes Grand Teton, Wyoming’s second highest peak.
More isolated are the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and the Black Hills in the east. Yet Wyoming is not all high mountains and deep valleys. The ‘High Plains’ in the east is part of the ‘Great Plains’ where nature consists of beautiful, vast prairies where sunflowers and cotton grow luxuriantly.
In the United States, large parts of nature are protected by the National Park Service. The Americans are very proud of the diverse, beautiful nature and it is therefore of great importance that it is preserved. There are a number of areas in Wyoming that are protected by the National Park Service and are definitely worth a visit!
Yellowstone National Park (LINK to Yellowstone NP) with its amazing geysers and the vast Yellowstone Lake is definitely number one. But don’t forget that there is so much more natural beauty to admire in Wyoming. Take the Grand Tetons, the National Elk Refuge and many other must-see places!
In 1929 the Tetons mountain range was designated a National Park. The name comes from the French word for nipples from when French settlers dominated the northern region of the US for a long time. Visit the Tetons and see for yourself how special the mountains seem to rise from nowhere in the eastern Jackson Hole valley.
The Tetons were created when the mantle ruptured thousands of years ago. Mountains were pushed up and the current Jackson Hole valley sank hundreds of meters. The difference in height between the high mountain peaks and the valley was then at more than 9,000 meters. Due to strong erosion and the sediment that filled the valley, this has decreased over time to about 2,500 meters.
In addition to the severe height differences, the temperature differences are also extreme. In summer there is a dry and hot climate with a temperature of over 30 degrees. However, the winter is severe with a lot of snow. The temperature often drops to -35 degrees or lower! The rest of the year there is a lot of rain. So be prepared for the weather conditions when you visit this National Park!
Flora and fauna
When you are in Jackson Hole, you can enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. The Snake River, which rises in northern Wyoming, makes its way through the valley, making Jackson Hole a desirable habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Here you will spot grazing bison, ground squirrels, bobbing swans and moose. Every now and then even coyotes and black bears show up. The rocky soil is great for willows, spruces and poplars and wildflowers. Several hiking trails have been laid out, which makes the National Park the ideal place to walk around in the great outdoors.