Downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Image credit EQRoy via Shutterstock

8 Most Underrated Towns In Wyoming To Take A Trip To

Have you been thinking about packing your bags and taking a trip to Wyoming? If so, there are loads of small towns with fun activities and beautiful views to consider. Some small towns in Wyoming help residents escape populated crowds, while others exist to help residents experience a simpler life. The entire state of Wyoming has a population of 578,803. Since it’s such a calm and quiet place to visit, taking trips there might not have been on your radar until now, but there are plenty of underrated and noteworthy small towns to check out.


The Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming.
The Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming. Image credit Cheri Alguire via Shutterstock

Buffalo, Wyoming, is home to one of Wyoming’s most interesting landmarks: the Occidental Hotel. Butch Cassidy and Teddy Roosevelt are two noteworthy individuals who stayed at the Occidental Hotel while they were still alive. The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is also in Buffalo and is an intriguing place to go if you are hoping to learn more about the history of this state. A weekend in Buffalo should include a visit to the Mountain Meadow Wool Mill tourist attraction and the Johnson County fairgrounds.


Overlooking downtown Lander, Wyoming.
Downtown Lander, Wyoming. Image credit Charles Willgren, CC BY 2.0, File:Lander, WY.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

The adorable town of Lander, Wyoming, is a great place to spend time if you are hoping to visit a wonderful local brewery that sells a wide range of beer. Lander Brewing Company has a fabulous reputation among guests. If drinking beer isn’t your thing, though, other things to do in Lander include visiting the Museum of the American West, visiting Sinks Canyon State Park, or hiking the Popo Agie Falls Trail. The Lander Art Center is a gallery in this town worth exploring for the creative minds out there.


Famous Antler Arch at Jackson Town Square.
 Famous Antler Arch at Jackson Town Square. Image credit VDB Photos via Shutterstock

Jackson is easily one of the most enjoyable towns to visit in Wyoming. That’s because there are three ski resorts and two national parks to visit in the area. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain, and Grand Targhee Resort are three ski resorts to visit if you’re hoping to hit the slopes. Tubing, sledding, and simply admiring the scenic mountain views are also possible activities. The National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton are also only a short drive away. There are tons of wild bison roaming freely in these destinations.


The old Union Pacific depot in Centennial, now a museum
The old Union Pacific depot in Centennial, Wyoming. Image credit Jeffrey Beall, CC BY 3.0, File:Centennial Depot.JPG - Wikimedia Commons

Centennial, Wyoming, is home to only 300 residents. Even though not many people live there, it’s still thought of as a lovely small town in Wyoming for visitors to see. Nature lovers can spend time exploring the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Anyone with an interest in wildlife photography will be able to capture pictures of the great outdoors while spending time in Centennial. Visiting the Nici Self Historical Museum, the Country Junction Gift Shop, and the Libby Flats Observation area are also popular attractions.


Sundance Bank, Wyoming at sunset.
Sundance Bank, Wyoming. Image credit Logan Bush via Shutterstock

Sundance, Wyoming, is a charming town to go for ATV adventures, horseback riding, and hiking. The outdoor thrill of Sundance is unmatched. The great outdoors isn’t for everyone, and if it isn’t for you, there are still plenty of pleasant things to experience in Sundance. The Bruce Speidel Art Gallery, Sundance Country Club, and Devil's Tower Trading Post gift shop are a few places to spend your time while vacationing there.


Scene from downtown Cody, Wyoming
Downtown Cody, Wyoming.

Cody, Wyoming, affectionately known as the Rodeo Capital of the World, is one of the prettiest towns in the state. If you’re the type of person who would love to spend a week watching professional barrel racers, steer wrestlers, and bull riders doing their thing, Cody is certainly the town for you. The Old Trail Town Historical Museum, Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center, and Cody Cattle Company Dinner Theater are some of the more memorable things to do during a short-term trip there. Analyze ghost town relics at the museum, observe stunning views over the dam, and enjoy a show at the dinner theater.


Exterior of the Country Store Travel Stop gas station, with the famous Worlds Largest Jackalope in Dubois, Wyoming.
Country Store Travel Stop gas station with the famous world's Largest Jackalope in Dubois, Wyoming. Image credit melissamn via

The scenic nature of Dubois, Wyoming, serves as a wonderful backdrop for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as rock climbing, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and fishing. This is a Wyoming town that experiences all four seasons of the year. If you’re planning to go on a hike in Dubois, keep an eye out for wild animals like grizzly bears, elk, and moose. Some of the most enjoyable things to do there include visiting the National Bighorn Sheep Center Museum and the Dubois Branch Library.


Overlooking the main street in Sheridan, Wyoming with cars driving.
The main street in Sheridan, Wyoming. Image credit Ems Images via

Sheridan, Wyoming, is a beautiful small town that continually attracts visitors for all it offers. Visiting the Trail End State Historic Site Museum, the Black Tooth Brewing Company for craft beers, and the SAGE Community Arts Organization are just a small handful of the things you can do in Sheridan. The town was founded in 1878 and the downtown area of Sheridan is charmingly historical, with buildings that were constructed back in the 1800s. A tour of Sheridan College, established in 1948, is something to do for any college-aged travelers interested in enrolling.

Taking a trip to Wyoming is a fulfilling adventure. The small population of Centennial, with all of its photographable areas, is certainly a great spot in Wyoming. There are also memorable landmarks in Buffalo, the flowing beer in Lander, and the national parks in Jackson. Thrillseekers have every reason to visit Sundance, while rodeo lovers might be more inclined to book a trip to Cody. With all of the exciting things to do throughout Wyoming, planning a getaway with a brilliant itinerary is easy to do.


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