Just returned from the Wyoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and I am ready to spread the word.
Over the years I have become good friends with my counterparts from various towns all over the state. The conference provides an opportunity for us to compare notes about things like festivals, rodeos, museums and who has the best-looking cowboy musicians. (I’ll let you in on a secret: Cody does.)
We brainstorm and share ideas, and we always want to see each other succeed. Sure, there are times when people forget just where the last great idea came from, but we all understand that even though we are thousands of feet above sea level, the rising tide raises all of our boats.
This attitude of cooperation is one reason Wyoming is such a great place to visit. As the least populous state in the union, Wyoming is blessed with some of the world’s truly spectacular natural features. At the same time, we don’t have an exorbitant number of people concentrated in our tourist attractions and generating huge businesses.
Nevada has Las Vegas which has as many people on a given day as Yellowstone sees all summer. Personally, I’ll take Yellowstone.
What is often most striking to visitors to Wyoming is the amount of open space and beauty our state possesses. Whether it’s Devils Tower or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River or never ending views from the top of Heart Mountain, people are typically gob smacked (I love that expression) by the sights.
And we truly understand that many guests on their way to Yellowstone stop in Cody after they were in Cheyenne or Casper or Devils Tower the night before.
So to my friends from other parts of the state I say “It was great to see you and we are looking forward to a busy 2015. Let’s compare notes next year and see how many of our predictions come true.”
To those of you planning on visiting us this year, I am lovin’ life – and hoping to hear about all of your experiences throughout the state – in Cody, Wyo.