Wyoming is a state that is still very much a wild region of the country. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors in Wyoming, as well as opportunities to explore cultural attractions. If you are going to be visiting Wyoming for a rodeo, a family vacation or a business trip then don’t forget to plan a few side trips to the free attractions offered by this state. Four free attractions that you can visit include the Wyoming State Capitol, the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center, the Jackson National Fish Hatchery and the Fossil Butte National Monument.
Wyoming State Capitol Tour
The Wyoming State Capitol Tour is one of those attractions that you have to visit, especially if you are traveling with your kids. This can be a very educational side trip. However, it can also be an intriguing attraction. The capitol building is found on Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Self-guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30, 9:00, 3:30 and 4:30. You can take a guided tour, but you will need to call ahead and schedule it prior to arriving at the state capitol. Keep in mind that a photo ID may be needed to gain entry into the capitol building.
Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center
The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center, named for the infamous Wild West character Buffalo Bill, sits next to the tallest dam in the world. It can be found about seven miles to the West of Cody, Wyoming on US 14/15/20. Here you will find a natural history museum, dinosaur fossil exhibits, wildlife exhibits and a great view of the Shoshone Canyon.
Jackson National Fish Hatchery
The Jackson National Fish Hatchery, which is located at 1500 Fish Hatchery Road in Jackson, Wyoming, is a great attraction to visit if you enjoy fish. This hatchery is responsible for producing cutthroat trout for Wyoming and neighboring states. It is a great stop if you have kids or if you just enjoy fish.
Fossil Butte National Monument
The Fossil Butte National Monument is a free attraction found about nine miles to eh Wet of Kemmerer, Wyoming. To get to this national park you will need to take US Highway 30. The Fossil Butte National Monument is actually the bottom of a 50 million year old dried up lake bed. Here you can find great fossils of fish, stingrays and other marinelife. This can be a fun side trip to wrap up your Wyoming vacation with.