Wyoming Bucket List ~ Rockies to Tetons Region

Moving on to the mountainous region of Wyoming today!

Buford

  • Ames Monument: Large pyramid dedicated to two brothers who helped fund the Union Pacific railroad.

Dubois

  • National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center: Learn all about the habitat of the current largest herd of Bighorn sheep.

Fort Fred

  • Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site: Built to protect the Union Pacific Railroad from the Native Americans during its construction.

Lander

  • Museum of the American West: Museum dedicated to those who helped shape the American frontier, complete with a Pioneer Village.

Laramie

  • Women’s History House: Museum dedicated to 13 famous women from the state.
  • Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site: Former federal government prison.

Rawlins

  • Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum: Take a guided tour of this old prison.

Riverton

  • Castle Gardens Recreation Site: See the petroglyphs carved on Castle Rock.

All attractions found in the 2020 Wyoming Travel Guide.

Wyoming Bucket List ~ Salt to Stone Region

Sorry all! I took a slight break from this last week, and will be again next week (we are finally getting away to the Northwoods of Wisconsin next week!) Today we move into the Salt to Stone region of Wyoming!

Evanston

  • Piedmont Charcoal Kilns Historic Site: Neat site featuring the old kilns of the charcoal industry.

Fort Bridger

  • Fort Bridger State Historic Site: Began as a fur trading post and was a place for many to stock up along the wagon trails.

Granger

  • Granger Stage Station Historic Site: Site dedicated to this spot along the Pony Express.

Jackson

  • National Museum of Wildlife Art: Fun museum that is dedicated to all wildlife art.

Kemmerer

  • Fossil Butte National Monument: Great place to do some hiking while learning about paleontology and geology.

La Barge

  • Names Hill State Historic Site: Site along the Oregon/California Trails where people would carve their names.

Pinedale

  • Museum of the Mountain Man: Museum dedicated to the mountain men who explore the area in the 19th century.

Point of Rocks

  • Point of Rocks Stage Station Historic Site: Meeting point of the Overland Trail and Union Pacific Railroad.

Rock Springs

  • White Mountain Petroglyphs: Hike along hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the mountain.
  • Killpecker Sand Dunes: Explore a beautiful dune area.

Superior

  • Superior Ghost Town: Visit this “living” ghost town.

Sweetwater

  • Flaming Gorge Recreation Area: Located on the border of Wyoming and Utah, this area has lots of adventure to offer.

All attractions found in the 2020 Wyoming Travel Guide. 

Wyoming Bucket List ~ National Parks Region

Today we begin exploring a new state, Wyoming. Wyoming splits it’s tourism regions into five main regions, most of them covering a wide expanse of the state. Today’s is the one “smaller” region that simply encompasses the northwest corner of the state and is home to two national parks. Of course each park could probably included a bucket list of it’s own, but without going into huge detail for each on, this bucket list post remains quite short!

  • Grand Teton National Park: Located just south of Yellowstone, this park is known for its majestic mountain peaks and beautiful lake.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone is a geological wonder. It’s filled with canyons, waterfalls, hot springs, mud pots and countless geysers. You can’t go wrong with a visit to this famous park.

All attractions found in the 2020 Wyoming Travel Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ Eastern Region

Today we move into the final region of Idaho before moving into the state of Wyoming. This area includes the small part of Idaho that is included in Yellowstone National Park, so of course this is an area more popular for the tourists.

Ashton

  • Upper and Lower Mesa Falls: Two fun waterfalls to view in the area.

Idaho Falls

  • Museum of Idaho: This is a history and science museum that teaches about the environment and culture of Idaho.

Rexburg

  • Falls Creek Falls: Beautiful, secluded cascading falls.
  • Yellowstone Bear World: Drive-thru wildlife park that contains 8 species commonly found in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Another shorter list today, but this one is filled a few unique museums!

Blackfoot

  • Idaho Potato Museum: Of course you can’t visit Idaho without learning about their rich potato history and trying some potato dishes.

Lava Hot Springs

  • Lava Hot Springs Hot Pools: Explore all natural hot springs in varying temperatures.

Montpelier

  • National Oregon/California Trail Center: Explore the history of these two trails in the area.

Pocatello

  • Museum of Clean: A one of a kind museum dedicated to the history of all cleaning tools.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ South Central Region

Moving back to the south of the state today, we focus in on the South Central region.

Almo

  • Castle Rocks State Park: Beautiful state park filled with rock formations.
  • City of Rocks National Reserve: Another national reserve and state park filled with unique rock formations.

Buhl

  • Balanced Rock Park: Check out this unique formation created by wind over time.

Twin Falls

  • Shoshone Falls Park: Waterfall along the Snake River, sometimes referred to as “Niagara Falls of the West.”

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ Central Region

Today we head further into the state of Idaho and explore the Central region.

Arco

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument: This area preserves three major lava fields.

Challis

  • Land of the Yankee Fork State Park: You can visit three different ghost parks located within this park.

Ketchum

  • Sawtooth Botanical Garden: Explore a high altitude botanical garden.

Salmon

  • Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Education Center: Beautiful area to hike and explore and visit the center to learn more about Sacajawea and her time on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Tendoy

  • Lemhi Pass: Location where Lewis and Clark crossed the continental divide. Located on the border of Montana and Idaho.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Today we head into the southwest corner of Idaho and visit the area that is home to the state’s capitol, Boise.

Boise

  • Idaho State Capitol Building: Of course we have a goal to visit every capitol building, so this is a must.
  • Idaho State Museum: Great way to check out the history of the state.
  • Old Idaho Penitentiary: Explore over 100 years of Idaho’s prison history.
  • Zoo Boise: I love exploring different zoos.

Bruneau

  • Bruneau Dunes State Park: Features giant sand dunes.

Lowman

  • Kirkham Hot Springs: Explore numerous geothermal springs in varying temperatures at the bottom of the wooden stairs.
  • Pine Flats Hot Springs: This set of hot springs also features a geothermal waterfall.

Murphy

  • Swan Falls Dam Historic Powerhouse and Museum: This is the oldest hydroelectric project on the Snake River.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ North Central Region

Today we head a little further south into Idaho and explore the North Central Region.

Kamiah

  • Canoe Camp and Long Camp: These are both segments of the Nez Perce National Historic Site and detail time the Lewis and Clark expedition spent working with the Nez Perce.

Lewiston

  • Hells Gate State Park: Located at the Snake River’s downstream entrance to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America.
  • Lewis and Clark Discovery Center: Located within Hells Gate State Park, it contains an outdoor interactive center and a film about the time Lewis and Clark spent in the area.

Spalding

  • Nez Perce National Historic Park: While Nez Perce National Historic Park has units spread across 4 states, this is where the parks main visitor center and headquarters is located.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.

Idaho Bucket List ~ Northern Region

Today we start another new state in the Bucket List series: Idaho. These last few weeks doing research for Montana and Idaho have shown me that I am especially feeling drawn to these two states! So many fun hiking parks in both! All of these lists will be a little shorter, but that’s just because the state is split into seven different regions! We’ll start up north!

Athol

  • Farragut State Park: Check out the Museum at the Brig that details about naval training. Farragut was once the second largest naval training base in the nation.

Sagle

  • Round Lake State Park: This park has a fun “Swamp Tromp” trail to explore.

Wallace

  • Center of the Universe: Check out this fun and unique landmark.

All attractions found in the 2020 Idaho Adventure Guide.