A 30-minute drive from Casper is Fremont Canyon. The pink cliffs are home to climbers, while the water below serves as a playground for kayakers, fishermen, and boaters, making it one of the most beautiful spots in Wyoming.
Casper and downtown are just off Interstate 25 and are an inviting oasis in the middle of Wyoming. Casper has a west-inspired downtown and has local shops, restaurants, breweries, and more.
Casper, Wyoming, Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – While travel has rapidly shifted from global adventures to getaways close to home, Casper, Wyoming is an easy destination to explore. Whether you’re traveling alone or with friends and family, there are plenty of adventures to choose from in the Casper area that allow for social distancing.
Casper, Wyoming’s second largest city, tends to fly under the radar. This friendly community at the base of Casper Mountain has a small-town feel to it that stretches along the North Platte River. And while Casper may not have been on your must-see list in the past, there is no time like this to explore its museums, throw a fishing line, or hike and bike the trails that stretch in all directions seem to be.
“We know a lot of people in Wyoming and our neighboring states are looking for a short weekend getaway,” said Amanda Scherlin, Marketing Manager at Visit Casper. “Casper is an ideal place to stay for a few days and we are incredibly easy to get to.”
If you’re planning your backyard adventure, here are the must see places in and around Casper.
Casper Mountain watches over the city and a bird’s eye view of the vast plains of Wyoming. Begin your adventure with a ride down Casper Mountain Road and stop your fist at one of the area’s most desirable spots, Garden Creek Falls. Here clear water falls into a crisp mountain pool. You can also take a hike on the Bridle Trail or continue your journey up the mountain. From there, continue to the Casper Mountain Trails Center and explore the 26 miles of hiking trails (which are groomed in winter) or explore nearby Muddy Mountain. If you are looking for a winter vacation close to your home? Put the Hogadon Basin ski area on your list.
Visit Wyoming’s Dinosaurs
Casper College is home to two of Wyoming’s greatest treasures – Dee, a Colombian woolly mammoth found nearby, and Lee Rex, the first tyrannosaurus found in Wyoming and staying in Wyoming. At the Tate Geological Museum, discover these monumental discoveries, as well as a Torosaurus skull (which some scientists consider triceratops), fossilized fish, crocodiles, and more that have been found in the area. Be sure to ask about Lee Rex as he lives in an adjacent building called the Rex Annex.
Fremont Canyon is an outdoor wonder and destination that surprises many Wyoming residents. When visiting the area, you will witness beautiful pink rock faces rising on either side of the North Platte River. As you explore here, you will find that it is a top spot for fishing and climbing, as well as a beautiful place to snap some photos. Make plans to come back in the summer when you can kayak, boat, or jet ski on Fremont Canyon from Alcova Reservoir.
The Oregon Trail
When in Casper, add Historic Trails West to your must-see list. With experienced adventurer Morris Carter at the helm, hike the actual Oregon Trail on his covered wagon or on horseback. You can also book overnight stays along the way and experience life like the early pioneers.
When you visit Casper, you’ll find 193 restaurants, from southern grills to perfectly cooked steak. And while Casper is a small town (the population here is under 60,000) it offers a mighty culinary punch. Plan to try the many beers, spirits, and more brewed here as part of your culinary immersion.
When planning a trip to Casper, there are several accommodations to choose from, all of which take extra precautions to ensure a safe environment. Many hoteliers offer contactless check-in and check-out. In the reception areas you will find protective shields and sufficient access to hand disinfectants. Make sure you bring your mask / face covering as this is required for many public property properties and several companies ask customers to wear them inside.
Ready to explore Wyoming’s backyard? Plan your trip to Casper, Wyoming at VisitCasper.com.
About Visit Casper
Visit Casper is the official Destination Management Organization for Natrona County and aims to improve the county’s economic base through tourism. Casper is known for world class fly fishing on the North Platte River. is the annual host for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR); and was named one of the best mining towns in the country by Men’s Journal. More information is available at VisitCasper.com.
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