Remember how exciting field trip days were, when you were in grade school? Skipping class and visiting a museum or park was always an amazing way to enjoy the afternoon! Today, you can relive the magic of your childhood by visiting these popular field trip destinations as an adult. You’ll get so much out of your visit all these years later.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West was founded in 1917 to celebrate Buffalo Bill Cody and the Western culture that he promoted all over the world. Today, this complex is home to five separate Smithsonian museums, each one highlighting an aspect of life way out here.
Address: 720 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414
2. Devils Tower
Devils Tower or Bears Den is a National Monument and sacred site that shows off one of the most fascianting geologic features in the state. Located in Wyoming's black hills region, you'll be blown away by the monolith itself, and enjoy dining and shopping in the surrounding towns.
Address: WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714
3. Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Heart Mountain Internment Camp was a product of one of the most despicable times in American history - when the United States imprisoned Japanese-Americans based solely on their race. Today, the former camp has been converted to an interpretive center and historic site, where you can learn about the horrors families witnessed here based on their heritage and the fear that took over the country during World War II.
Address: 1539 Rd 19, Powell, WY 82435
4. Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum
Cheyenne's Frontier Days Museum is a fascinating picture of the West! Learn about the history of the Cowboy State, including stories of rodeos out here, wildlife, train and railroad culture, and more.
Address: 4606 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
5. Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie was once a Military Post designed to protect settlers moving out West, as well as negotiate with local Native tribes. Visit this site today to learn about how settlement reshaped the west, how the Native Americans have had to cope with the loss of their land, as well as the challenges faced by early Wyomingites .
Address: 965 Grey Rocks Road, Fort Laramie, WY 82212
6. Guernsey State Park & the Oregon Trail Ruts
Guernsey State Park is a fascinating look at Wyoming's past. Not only is the park full of buildings and structures built by the CCC thanks to the New Deal, but you can see evidence of the Oregon Trail in the park, too! The Wagon Wheel Ruts show the path thousands of settlers took on their way out west.
Address: 2187 Lakeside Shore Dr, Guernsey, WY 82214
7. Wyoming State Museum
Visiting the Wyoming State Museum is a great way to look at the Cowboy State's past. From legislature, to historic landmarks, natural disasters, wildlife conservation and debate, and more - if it's part of Wyoming history, you'll learn about it here. As part of the Wyoming Capitol Complex, a visit to this museum is an essential part to any Cheyenne field trip.
Address: 2301 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
8. Wyoming Territorial Prison
The Wyoming Territorial Prison was one of the most active in the West, thanks to the reign of outlaws, cowboys, and rustlers during the late 1800s. This fascinating museum shows you what life was like on the wrong side of the law, back before Wyoming was even a state. The Prison was finally opened to the public for tours and exploration in 1991.
Address: 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY 82070
9. Independence Rock
Independence Rock was considered the "register of the West", and thousands of travelers signed this rock as a celebration that they made it in time! If you were traveling on the Oregon Trail, this landmark was one you had to reach before July 4th, or you risked a brutal winter stuck in the Sawtooth Mountains. Today, this interesting historic site will take you back in time, and seeing the famous signatures on the rock is sure to amaze you.
Address: WY-220, Alcova, WY 82620
Wyoming truly is the most incredible state! Have you visited any of these historic sites recently?