Wyoming July 16, 2017
10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Wyoming
If you need a break, a day trip can be like a mini-vacation and, when you’re in Wyoming, the choices for day trips are endless.
No matter where you start, you could simply pick a direction – north, south, east, or west – and drive for half a day, stop to see the sights and get some lunch, then head back home. On the other hand, if you prefer having a plan, here are 10 awesome day trips you can take this summer when you just need a little getaway.
1. Casper to Saratoga
Drive the scenic route along WY-220 and 287, and you'll be able to take in two reservoirs along the way: Alcova and Pathfinder. Stop at both on your way south, or stop at one each way. Have a burger and take a soak in the mineral springs at Saratoga, if you're so inclined, before heading back.
2. Town of Casper
If you don't happen to be starting in Casper, the town itself is a terrific day trip destination. It's chock-full of history, with museums and tours of historic sites. The downtown offers shopping and ample dining choices and, it is Wyoming, so there are rodeos, fairs, and music festivals for entertainment.
3. Grand Teton National Park
Wild Wyoming offers day tours of the iconic park, and who better than a professional and seasoned guide to show you the must-see attractions in GTNP? From wildlife to a less-frequented meadow to getting up close and personal with the Tetons, this trip is a day well-spent.
4. Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park
The two national parks are less than 7 miles apart, so hitting them both in one day is doable. Spend a couple of hours seeing the sights near the south entrance of Yellowstone, such as Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake, then make the 10-minute trip down to Grand Teton National Park. Have lunch at the Chuckwagon in Moose and tour attractions such as Mormon Row, Flat Creek, and Teton Village. Keep an eye out for wildlife all along the way.
5. Killpecker Sand Dunes
Who knew such a vast and beautiful desert could be found in Wyoming? The Killpecker Sand Dunes cover about 109,000 acres, and making a day trip expressly to see them is worth it. However, if you have some time to spend there and have brought along an ATV or dirt bike, off highway vehicles are allowed in the Open Play area. Alternatively, find a quiet spot and just listen to the wind.
6. Fort Laramie
You'll find this historic site about 80 miles north of Cheyenne. It started out as a trading post and was later used by the military until the late 1800s. It was closed in 1890 but in 1938, Fort Laramie was taken into the National Park System to ensure its preservation for future generations.
7. Crazy Woman Canyon
Crazy Woman Canyon is about 18 miles southwest of Buffalo, Wyoming off WY-196 and Old Highway 87. There is more than one legend that explains the name, but two seem to be the most popular. The first claims an Indian woman was left to live there alone and eventually went insane; the second says the canyon and the creek that runs through it are so-named because a pioneer woman was driven to insanity there when she witnessed the scalping and slaughter of her family by Indians.
Who can say whether either legend is true? What can't be argued is that the area is beautiful in the summer and a worthy day trip destination.
8. Big Horn Mountain
Take your pick: drive the mountain loop or the basin loop. Either one will take almost an entire day, but what you see of the impressive Big Horns and the stunning terrain will make it time well-spent.
9. Cody, Wyoming
There are many places in Wyoming that make great summer day trip destinations, but Cody is definitely at the top of the list. Founded by Buffalo Bill himself, this town successfully melds the Old West with the Modern Age. It has its share of history, such as the iconic Irma Hotel, the Buffalo Bill Dam, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, but there's also loads of live music, rodeos, and an epic zipline that shouldn't be missed.
10. Pilot and Index Peaks
These peaks are the most prominent in the Absaroka Range and can be seen from US-212. Practically the entire drive along the Absarokas is breathtaking, so you might just want to turn on the cruise control and drive until there's no more daylight.
What Wyoming destination is your favorite for a summer day trip?