Those pining for epic outdoor pursuits will find plenty to do on a road trip through the Rockies to Tetons region, where the beauty of the Snowy, Medicine Bow, Seminoe and Wind River mountain ranges heighten the scenery — literally. Immerse yourself in nature through activities like rock climbing, hiking and biking, and delve into American Indian, women’s suffrage and frontier history.
1. Laramie - The Wyoming House for Historic Women
See exhibits on Louisa Gardner Swain — the first woman in the world to vote under the Wyoming Territory law granting women the right to vote and hold office — and 12 other local women who paved the way in the women’s suffrage movement.
>>Learn more about women's suffrage in the Equality State.
2. Laramie - Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
This historic site is rich with tales of “violent and desperate outlaws,” the most famous of which was Butch Cassidy. Learn about the penitentiary’s prisoners and how it became a center for scientific experimentation for the University of Wyoming.
3. Centennial - Mountain View Hotel & Cafe
Flanked by the Snowy Range, Laramie Plains and Medicine Bow National Forest, this lovingly restored 1907 hotel and cafe is a terrific home base for adventures in the surrounding wild lands.
4. Encampment - Grand Encampment Museum
Wander through more than a dozen preserved historic buildings furnished with artifacts showcasing the history of the timber, mining and agricultural industries of the Upper Platte Valley at the turn of the 20th century. Don’t miss the two-story outhouse.
5. Near Saratoga - 6 Mile Gap Fishing
The North Platte River near Saratoga has multiple coveted fishing sections, including the 6 Mile Gap — known for supplying a bounty of trophy trout. Join other eager fishermen on the banks of the river on your own or connect with a local guide and outfitter. >>Find one here.