If you dream of the famous wide-open spaces of the American West and a place where you—along with the deer and the buffalo—can truly roam, your next trip should be to Wyoming. The United States’ least populous state stretches over an area roughly the size of Egypt. Here the landscape can feel larger than life and picturesque vistas are merely the starting points for adventures, from wildlife tours to rafting trips.
Your base in Wyoming will be Jackson, first settled in the 19th century by fur trappers. The majestic beauty of its setting—on a flat plan with the Teton Mountains rising up behind it—is combined with an attitude that embodies the cowboy spirit of the state. Jackson is also the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world. Extending over 3,400 square miles, it’s a vast wilderness dotted with geysers and home to grizzly bears while its skies are filled with soaring eagles.