The American Rocky Mountain states (the Rockies are also in Canada) of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana.
Colorado and New Mexico are on separate pages
one of the best national parks in the USA, plus a mix of low prairies,
snow peaked mountains, cowboys and Indians, this is a very worthy
state for a tourist.
USA's first and one of the most visited parks in America, and with good reason, it hosts a galloping mass of wildlife, spectacular geothermal activity, alpine
lakes, fossil beds and 300 miles (500kms) of roads to cruise on as well as dozens of campsites, hotels and tourist watering holes.
Yellowstone is split into five regions:
Roosevelt Country has fossil beds, mountains and the Lamar Valley;
this one offers a traveler the best chance of avoiding crowds amongst stunning
Canyon Country contains both the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and the
highest peak, luscious Mt Washburn.
Lake Country features many alpine lakes, the most noteworthy being
the massive Yellowstone Lake and its historic hotel.
Geyser Country has a couple of hundred geysers, Old Faithful being
the most productive with spouts nearly two hundred feet high every
hour and a quarter.
Mammoth Country has extensive, weirdly coloured geothermal areas.
The Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Teton National Park:
seamlessly continuing from the southern boundary
of Yellowstone National Park, the glacier covered Teton Range of
hard granite makes for excellent rock climbing, plus there are plenty
of hiking trails.
Jackson Hole: dwarfed by the Teton
mountains this valley is the most exclusive resort area in the state,
with all manner of outdoor recreational possibilities including
skiing, skating, sleigh riding, horse riding, cowboy stuff, rafting,
Bighorn Mountains, halfway
across the northern half of the state this range towers impressively
over the plains, with plenty of wildlife grazing the high grasslands
plus the early Native American Medicine Wheel Historic Landmark. Sheridan and Buffalo on the plains just to the east of the range
both have 19thC historic wild west attractions.
Northeast Corner, in the northeastern
part of the state there is the opportunity to eneter South
Dakota's top tourist attraction - the Black Hills; also visit the
neighbouring Bearlodge Mountains and the Devil Tower National Monument.
a good historic district and museums including the University Art
and Geological Museums and the Plains Museum - the best town for
culture in the state.
Cheyenne, the state capital is best
visited during the biggest festival- Cheyenne Frontier Days, with
all sorts of wild west entertainments, especially rodeos.
Snake River rafting, Hells Canyon, Idaho
the rugged western side of the Rockies, Idaho is very much a wilderness
state with lots of mountainous forests and wildlife plus the most
whitewater in the USA, but watch out for wild men, survivalists and
hunters lurking in the shrubbery.
vast plateau stretches mainly from the western mountains of Idaho
into Oregon and offers dramatic scenery where the big river snakes
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is far deeper than the Grand Canyon and superb for hiking while the Snake
National River is popular for water based activities including hairy white-water rafting.
River Valley has lava fields known as the Craters of the Moon.
Nearby Boise, the
state capital, is pleasantly upbeat and as well as acting as a base
for of adventure travel has attractive 19thC aspects - visit the
Grove for social bustle and try the Idaho Historical Museum in Julia
Salmon River Mountain Range: the Sawtooth Recreation Area is the highlight
of this range. Dozens of mountains with a multitude of lakes and
streams, offer excellent hiking and rafting opportunities in the
summer and superb skiing in the winter.
is the most exclusive recreational area in the state and has one of
the USA's top ski resorts nearby.
Northern Wilderness, a true wilderness
popular with solitude seekers, hikers, skiers and watersports lovers.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana
Split between an interestingly mountainous
western half and a featureless central plain the state offers few
wow factors and there is little in the way of real urban interest,
though it does have some unique natural attractions and is good
for those seeking rugged empty wilderness trails.
National Park, the state's main attraction are these glaciated
mountains traversed by the Going-to-the-Sun Road, good for a scenic
drive, many hiking trails and skiing in wintertime.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness are,
as the names suggest, more wilderness areas.
Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield of Custer's Last Stand lurks sadly in the otherwise
attractionless eastern plains of the state.
Flathead Lake, popular for camping
and canoeing and an island that's home for wild horses.