This post offering tips for planning a trip to Thermopolis, Wyoming is brought to you through a partnership with Best Western Hotels & Resorts. While I have received a stay in exchange for coverage that partnership in no way influences my opinions, all thoughts are my own.
Plan a Trip to Thermopolis Wyoming
Whether you are just passing through on your way to another travel destination or you want to explore a beautiful place with a rich history for a few days, Thermopolis, Wyoming is a must-visit travel destination with a lot to see. Before heading out to explore the area be sure to find out all about the must-see places, where you should stay and eat as well as what you can’t miss when visiting.
What to Do
Visit Hot Springs State Park where you can bathe in the State Bath House, go swimming at the Star Plunge or just enjoy the wildlife that the area has to offer. When heading East of the Big Horn River you will come to Buffalo Street which loops around a beautiful sprawling landscape that houses wildlife like bison, pronghorn,a lots of prairie dogs.
If you are anything like my family, checking out the local wildlife and observing them in the natural habitat is worth the trip to Thermopolis, Wyoming all by itself. There are many signs in the area letting you know how dangerous the buffalo are to approach and we even heard stories about the local tribes who on occasion like to challenge the buffalo, trying to ride them while under the influence, resulting in their demise.
Don’t let that scare you away, the buffalo seem to keep to themselves if you don’t approach them. You can still get a real picture worthy experience, even if you stay in your car. Be sure to head into Hot Springs State Park at the right time of day, feeding time is best. Wait by the entrance in the morning around 7 am and you will get an up-close view of the buffalo making their way down to the edge of the property.
You can also walk across the swinging bridge, feed the koi in the pond, or take a hike on the numerous walking trails in the area. Visiting the Smokey Row Cemetery and hiking up trails were a highlight of our trip to Hot Springs State Park.
Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and Bighorn National Forest are all beautiful places to spend the day outside of Thermopolis, Wyoming. You could spend days exploring the beautiful scenery nearby and visiting the historical places in other towns like Cody, Wyoming which is about an hour outside of Thermopolis.
The nearby areas are rich in historical places from museums featuring natural history to firearms and heritage of the area. There are so many things to do in and around Thermopolis, Wyoming that you will want to spend more than a few nights there in order to take in everything the area has to offer. If you are short on time or want to just stop in for a night, it’s best to plan ahead to make sure you have time to see what you are most interested in while visiting the area. Narrow down what you want to see most and get your travel plans mapped out, due to inclement weather that the time of year may make some roads inaccessible so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your trip.
What to Eat
While you can get some of your hometown comforts in the form of fast food, it’s more fun to try something new while away. Thermopolis has a few different options ranging from Mexican to Thai food as well as a few spots that offer traditional American fare. We ate dinner at the Safari Club which was right across from our hotel. My family enjoys wildlife and since we like viewing them whenever possible, this seemed like the place to do it. There are feeders set up right outside of the dining area to draw in deer and other wildlife that may wander onto the property. The biggest draw to this restaurant is for taxidermy enthusiasts because the dining area is packed full of mounts from around the world.
Thankfully our hotel was located right across from this restaurant so it made the choice of where to eat dinner an easy one. Plus while staying at the Best Western we were able to look on at the feeders across the street in hopes of seeing wildlife while visiting.
When heading out for lunch, you may be better off packing a picnic so that you can eat it in one of the many scenic locations that Thermopolis, Wyoming has to offer. There is nothing more fun to me than enjoying a snack with my family while observing the wildlife and taking in the sights.
Since we stayed at the Best Western in Thermopolis, Wyoming, breakfast was taken care of. I have never had a more delicious sausage link in my life and the scrambled eggs were cooked just right. If you are in a rush to explore the area in the morning and don’t have time to sit in the dining area, you can grab a pastry or bagel before heading out on your adventure.
Where to Stay
When planning a trip to Thermopolis, Wyoming you have to stay at the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel!
The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is fully modernized. This historic hotel offers immaculate accommodations located next to the Big Horn River, inside of Hot Springs State Park.
Although the beautiful outdoor pool is seasonal due to weather, the hot tub is accessible all year long. The hot tub draws its water from a local natural hot spring. The temperature reached 104° while we were there and it is said to have healing powers. Pilgrim’s, for thousands of years, have been coming to the area to experience the waters.
There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub and thanks to the location this hotel is able to directly access the “Big Spring” from Hot Springs State Park, for use in its mineral water spa.
The rooms are beautifully decorated, fully stocked with everything you will need at your home away from home including a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, and fresh linens. Our room overlooked the pool area and it welcomed us with a warm, cozy feel.
The front desk offered fresh baked cookies and the staff was always ready to point us in the right direction of our next adventure, offering suggestions and their insider tips to make the most of our stay. The location could not have been better, no matter what you want to do or see while in the beautiful town of Thermopolis, this is the place to stay.
Have you ever visited Thermopolis, Wyoming? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment below, I can’t wait to hear more about this must-visit travel destination.