As I came down from the mountains, Laramie was a welcome sight. It was the largest town I had seen since leaving Salt Lake City, a day and a half earlier. Aside from simply appreciating some civilization, I was also quite happy to discover Laramie’s western charm. This is what you’d expect a town in Wyoming to be.
Laramie has plenty of downtown businesses that are still doing business in old brick-front buildings. It’s a lot of fun to walk around and explore. No doubt, it also helps that Laramie is home to the University of Wyoming, so the city has the added charm of a college town.
Laramie’s old Fox Theater is no longer showing flicks; it’s now part of the neighboring Cowboy Bar.
Just a couple of blocks away from the old theater, St. Matthews Cathedral provides a nice centerpiece for the town.
The downtown business district parallels a large rail yard. An ancient-looking pedestrian bridge crosses the rails at Garfield and 1st Streets. Climb the stairs for a nice view of the town…
… as well as the railroad tracks.
On your way out of town, follow Ivinson Avenue (one block north of US 30) for a look at the historic Ivinson Mansion, which is now home to the Laramie Plains Museum.
Also at exit 323, you can escape the interstate by hopping onto Wyoming Route 210, Happy Jack Road, for a much more scenic drive (through hills, instead of near them). Keep in mind, though, if you exit here onto Happy Jack Road, you’ll miss the Ames Pyramid, our next stop.
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.