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Welcome to Wyoming


The wide open spaces and mountain ranges of the rugged state of Wyoming are populated by a vast array of wildlife. Animals far outnumber humans in this, the least populated state in the country. Wyoming is a mix of Wild West frontier heritage and spectacular scenery, with a few modern cities and overgrown cowtowns and two spectacular national parks.

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest on the planet. Its location on top of a volcanic crater has resulted in a unique landscape of geysers, fumaroles, mud pots, alpine lakes and canyons. The towering granite peaks of Grand Teton National Park further south provide endless opportunities for climbers, hikers and skiers.

Known as the 'Cowboy State', towns in Wyoming such as Jackson and Cody exude the spirit of the Wild West with wooden boardwalks, rodeos, restored shop-front facades and staged shoot-outs. As Buffalo Bill's hometown, Cody is well known for its western-style wares and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center detailing the history of the American West. Around the sophisticated resort town of Jackson are numerous guest and working ranches that are a reminder of the state's history, and everywhere the hat-brandishing cowboy that is the state insignia preserves the image of the romantic Wild West. Despite this picture of a rough, male-dominated state, Wyoming was the first to allow women to vote in 1869. The state has also recently featured as the spectacular backdrop for the critically acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain.

Those who enjoy the outdoors will find a wealth of recreational activities among the breathtaking scenery, especially in the northwest where visitors can hike, kayak, boat or raft, fish, climb, camp and ski to their heart's content.

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The Wyoming climate is semi-arid and as the second highest state in the country, conditions tend to be dry. The lower lying areas tend to receive very little rain, usually about five inches (127mm), while the Grand Tetons and other mountains in the state receive 60 inches or more (152cm). Statewide, summers are usually warm to hot, with cooler mornings, and winters can be cold with heavy snowfall, particularly in the mountains. Springtime is usually mild, while autumns are cool with occasional snow at higher altitudes. Summer temperatures average about 61°F (16°C) and winter temperatures around 21°F (-6°C).

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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