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Laramie

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Laramie is a city in Southeast Wyoming. It is home to the University of Wyoming.

Understand[edit]

Old Main at University of Wyoming

Laramie is located at very high altitude (7,200+ ft) and due to this has considerably milder summer summers and more fierce winters than other US cities of comparable latitude in the upper Midwest. Because it lies east of the Continental Divide, placing it in the rain shadow of the Rockies, the climate around Laramie is very dry most of the year so travelers here should take care to drink lots of fluid and not overexert themselves immediately upon arrival to mitigate potential altitude sickness risks.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The primary access to Laramie is along Interstate 80, the main east-west corridor in the state; it's roughly an hour west of the junction with I-25 at Cheyenne. Because of the altitude and northern location, it is important to be aware of road conditions and road closures along all roads but especially I-80 as its closure can strand you. Road conditions are available on the internet at several sources including this one: [1]

In the summer months the town is also easily accessible on a smaller road (US 287) that comes up from Fort Collins, Colorado. From Denver it makes for a shorter drive than I-25/I-80, but not noticeably faster.

By plane[edit]

  • Laramie Regional Airport (LAR). SU-F: 5:30AM-9PM, Sa: 6AM-9PM. Daily commercial flights to Denver on United Express. LAR is also a general aviation airport with rentable hangar space, aviation and jet fuel, and two courtesy cars.

Laramie is also accessible from Denver International Airport. From Denver, take Interstate 25 north to Cheyenne, where it intersects Interstate 80.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, 375 W Lyon St. (Jones Auto Service), +1 307 742-5188. M-F: 9AM-4PM; Sa: 9AM-11AM; Su and Holidays: Closed.

Get around[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Car rental[edit]

  • Hertz, 555 General Brees Rd, +1 307 745-0500. M-W 7AM-5:30PM,7PM-8PM; Th 7AM-5:30PM, F 7AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-12 noon, Su 3:30PM-5PM, 7PM-8PM. Flights will be met after hours with 24 hours advance notice. After hours return is available in Hertz lot via drop-box.
  • Enterprise, 2208 E. Grand Ave, +1 307 721-9876. M-F: 7:30AM-5PM; Sat: 8:30-12 noon; Su: Closed.

See[edit]

  • 1 Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, 975 Snowy Range Rd, +1 307 745-6161. Daily: 9AM-6PM, call for winter hours. This prison, now a state historic site, opened in the late 19th century held some of the regions most hardened criminals. Adults: $5.00, 12-17: $2.50, 11 and under: Free. Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site on Wikipedia Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site (Q16903787) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Sugarloaf Mountain, Snowy Range
  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway. A nationally designated scenic byway, Snowy Range Road is a 29 mile (46 km) drive from Laramie to Saratoga via Snowy Range Pass. There is fishing, picnicing, and hiking opportunities along the road, including a half-day hike to the top of 12,013 ft (3,661 m) Medicine Bow Peak. The pass is closed in winter.
  • Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls, 1911 E. Willett Drive (ticket office), +1 307 766-4850, toll-free: +1-877-996-3261, e-mail: . 8:30–5:30, M–F; 9–1 Sat (ticket office). The city's and state's biggest sporting attractions are the University of Wyoming's teams, playing eight men's sports and nine women's sports mostly in the Mountain West Conference. All sports venues are on campus—even the golf course. The hot-button sports, as with most large universities, are typically football and men's basketball.

Buy[edit]

Downtown Laramie

Eat[edit]

  • Anong's Thai Cuisine, 101 E. Ivinson Ave., +1 307-745-6262. Reliable, if heavily Americanized, Thai standbys.
  • Coal Creek Coffee Co., 110 E. Grand St.. Daily 6AM-11PM. Coffee and pastries in a lovely old space downtown. A second location towards the eastern side of town at 2317 Grand Ave. (open daily 7AM-8PM) is closer to most hotels but lacks the charm.
  • Mizu Sushi, 307 S. 3rd St., +1 307-745-3888. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8:30PM. How they get fresh fish in Laramie remains a mystery, but the results are surprisingly good. Serves a variety of both Japanese and Vietnamese dishes in addition to sushi.
  • Turtle Rock Cafe, 270 N. 9th St., +1 307-745-3741. M-Th 7AM-9PM, F-Sa 7AM-8PM, Su 9AM-6PM. Popular cafe just off the western edge of the UW campus. Good place for lunchtime salads and sandwiches, particularly when the weather's nice enough to dine outside.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

University events are major draws relative to Laramie's modest population; expect limited availability and higher prices near the start of the academic year in late August and commencement in early May, as families of students descend on the town. Home football games, held on several Saturdays in the fall, can also fill hotels long in advance.

  • 1st Inn Gold, 421 Boswell (Jct. 287 & I-80), +1 307 742-3721, fax: +1 307 742-5473. King, Queen & Double Rooms (Smoking & Non Smoking). Free Continental breakfast, parking, and local calls. Cable TV with HBO. Outdoor Pool, Indoor Hot Tub.
  • Albany Lodge, 1148 Highway 11, +1 307 745-5782, fax: +1 307 745-8738, e-mail: . Rooms, suites, and cabins. Restaurant on site. ATV and snowmobile rentals. $85-315.
  • Best Value Inn, I-80/Snowy Range Rd., +1 307 721-8860.
  • Comfort Inn, 3420 Grand Ave, +1 307 721-8856, fax: +1 307 721-5166. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Fitness center, indoor heated pool and hot tub. Free continental breakfast, local calls, weekday newspaper, and coffee.
  • Days Inn, 1368 McCue St, toll-free: +1-866-644-5685, fax: +1 307 742-8934, e-mail: . Guestrooms and suitesg with microwaves, cable television, and free high–speed wireless Internet access. Indoor pool, activity desk, fitness equipment, and business center. Free Continental Breakfast. Pet allowed in Smoking Rooms for additional fee.
  • Econo Lodge, 1370 McCue St, +1 307 745-8900, fax: +1 307 745-5806. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Indoor heated pool and game room. Free continental breakfast and wireless high-speed Internet access.
  • Gas Lite Motel, 960 N. 3rd, toll-free: +1-800-942-6610. Indoor pool. Continental breakfast. Pets allowed.
  • Hampton Inn, 3715 E. Grand Ave, +1 307 742-0125, fax: +1 307 742-0126. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
  • Holiday Inn, 204 S 30th St, +1 307 721-9000, fax: +1 307 721-9015. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12 noon. Opened in 2007, this hotel caters to the higher-end and business traveller with king, double queen, and suites. All rooms have a 32" (81 cm) flat screen TV with AM/FM Clock Radio and MP3 docking station, microwave, and fridge. The hotel also has a business center, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, and wireless and hard wired internet.

Go next[edit]

  • Cheyenne is less than an hour away from Laramie.
  • Denver is a two and a half hour drive south of Laramie.
Routes through Laramie
Rock SpringsRawlins  W I-80.svg E  BufordCheyenne
RawlinsMedicine Bow  W US 30.svg E  BufordCheyenne
RawlinsMedicine Bow  W US 287.svg S  Fort CollinsDenver


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