Rising out of the barren southeastern landscape of America’s 44th state is a city in the foothills of the Laramie Mountain Range. At first glance, it seems like a place distinctly out of our era—a throwback to the time when people hitched their horses outside the swinging front doors of their favorite saloon and nickel-plated six-shooters had to be checked at the door.
The charm of this onetime Wild West outpost hasn’t faded, but Casper, Wyoming, has caught up to the present day. You can ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. You can eat steaks in wood-walled restaurants and drink whiskey in dimly lit saloons. And you can book deals on Casper hotels through Travelocity whenever you want.
When it comes to outdoor adventures in “The Oil City,” the possibilities are seemingly endless. Let’s take the winter months, for instance. Make your way to the Hogadon Ski Area and fly down the snowy slopes like a gold medalist from the Winter Olympics. If skiing downhill doesn’t appeal to you, there’s miles upon miles of cross-country trails to zig-zag your way through on the eastern outskirts of town. Speaking of miles of endless trails, toss the skis to the side and hop aboard a snowmobile for a few hours of heart-stopping action in knee-deep powder.
Winter adventures aren’t for everybody, so if you want to take a journey during the summer months, rejoice. Pay a visit to the Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site and tour the reconstructed buildings of an 1865 military outpost. When your time learning about the area’s regional history is over, gaze at works of art at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, one of a few in the state that focuses on contemporary pieces. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find enough inspiration in one of the works to try out a few strokes of the brush for yourself.
You will get hungry during your stay in this Wild West city. It’s natural. And since you’re taking your well-deserved vacation to this frontier town, treat yourself to a flame-broiled steak. Take a seat at Fire Rock Steakhouse off E. 2nd Street and order up a cowboy cut T-bone or a beautiful bone-in ribeye. In the morning, if you’re looking for classic breakfast dishes, the biscuits and gravy from Sherrie’s Place taste like they were sent down from the heavens.
When the evening sun waves goodbye from behind the Casper Mountains, sit at the bar under the buffalo, elk, and moose heads at The Fort Saloon N’ Eatery and enjoy a whiskey neat. If you want to see a local musical act, grab a red-leather booth at Moonlight Liquors & Lounge. Let the sounds of country-western tunes soothe whatever worries your soul may still carry.
From conventional hotels in the downtown district to the more off-the-beaten-path ones closer to the mountains, you won’t have a problem finding a place to stay in this city. There’s plenty of fine establishments near the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Center. You might also consider one of the resorts around Casper Mountain.
Forget about life in the big city for a while and tap into your inner explorer, because Casper is waiting to show you its past, present, and future. Book cheap hotels in Casper on Travelocity now and take advantage of the greatest deals around. With your natural curiosity for adventures in new places, your trip to southeastern Wyoming won’t soon be forgotten.
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