Wyoming — Shopping and Leisure
Shopping is not a highlight of a visit to Wyoming. But fans of the American West will find plenty of art, crafts, and interesting curios to bring back home. Befitting of a resort town of its stature, Jackson has the best shopping scene in the state. Its downtown shops sell everything from Native American art to high-end cowboy attire and outdoor gear. This town caters heavily to tourists so don’t expect deals. But the town’s two dozen or so art galleries are good when it comes to Western artwork, in particular Center Street Gallery, Wilcox Gallery, and Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary. Another great shop to check out in Jackson is Cayuse Western Americana, which sells all kinds of antiques, both western and Native American.
The rest of Wyoming’s cities focus heavily on western gear. In the capital, Cheyenne, there are several excellent stores that feature top-end cowboy boots, clothing, and Western-style furnishings. Check out Wrangler for Western attire, Wyoming Home for interior décor, and Sierra Trading Post for a massive selection of well-priced outdoor gear and clothing. Wyoming’s second-largest city, Casper, has one of the state’s best Western clothing stores, Lou Talbert Ranch Outfitters. It boasts no less than 50,000 different pairs of cowboy boots among its diverse stock of Western accessories and apparel.
Guest & Dude Ranches
The Wyoming version of the luxury seaside resort or posh mountain inn is an authentic working dude ranch. There are dozens of them scattered around the state, and many of them double as five-star lodges that feature horseback riding, Western home cooked meals, and other ranch activities in the lap of luxury. To really get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty of Wyoming’s wilderness, spend a few days at a guest ranch for an amazing experience.
Among the best are the Lost Creek Ranch in Moose, with just 10 cabins and in-your-face views of the Tetons, and Eatons’ Ranch, the oldest dude ranch in America that boasts one of the most inspiring settings in the West. Paradise Guest Ranch is another beauty just outside of Buffalo, featuring all the classic ranch activities like horseback riding, boating, fishing, hikes, and the chance to get involved in the actual workings of the cattle ranch.