Casper, Wyoming Itinerary
Casper, Wyoming Itinerary At A Glance
Wyoming has everything a traveler could want if you have the time and the transportation. Natrona County is the only place in Wyoming where you can find it all at once. Beautiful landscapes, wildlife, American history you can experience, amazing food, winter adventures and 59,000 friendly locals to welcome you here.
You’ll Experience These Great Attractions And More:
- National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
- Independence Rock State Historic Site
- Historic Downtown Casper
- Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters
Details and Tips
Length: 3 Days
Casper, Wyoming DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1: VISIT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MUSEUMS IN THE WEST
Arrive in Casper, Wyoming around noon. Grab a light snack or lunch if needed downtown. Food trucks are certainly an option.
Head to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. It was voted No. 3 out of the top 10 museums to Visit in the West. Explore exhibits featuring what early pioneers experienced as they followed the trails between 1841 and 1868. You’ll be diving into legendary Western history, while learning about the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. This must-see museum is filled with interactive historical exhibits relevant to Wyoming and Casper. A group-friendly museum, there is ample motorcoach parking available.
Depart from the National Historic Trails Center and spend the early evening on the three-hour Historic Trails West Tour with Morris Carter. Hitch a ride on the historic covered wagon train or be a Pony Express Horse Rider. You’ll experience the deep ruts carved out by hundreds of thousands of early settlers. Enjoy a Dutch Oven dinner cookout with “Conestoga Cobbler” along the Platte River in the Indian Teepee Village.
Return to Casper and choose from any one of 2,400 hotel rooms for some much-needed rest.
DAY 2: SAVOR DINNER AND BEVERAGES IN A THRIVING DOWNTOWN DISTRICT
Grab a delectable breakfast downtown at Sherri’s Place, Eggingtons, or The BlueBird Restaurant.
Depart to Independence Rock State Historic Site, about 50 miles southwest of Casper. Monumental history is waiting to be explored as you hike, touch and view history from more than 150 years ago. This large granite formation that looks like a large whale from a distance is where emigrants forging West for a promised new, brighter future camped. Upon the arrival of pioneers, as a testament to their journey, many carved their names into the rock’s smooth surface that stands 136 ft. tall, covering 24.8 acres of land. Keep an eye out for your ancestors’ engravings.
Heading back to Casper, swing by Alcova Reservoir & Fremont Canyon for lunch at the Alcoa Resort Restaurant, just 40 miles from Casper. Take in the beauty all around with a watercraft rental, tour, or excursion. Kayaks, SUPs and canoes along with pontoons deck boats and jet skis are available for both guided tours, or individual use.
Return to Casper and enjoy dinner and brews in the thriving downtown district corridor. A local favorite, Bull Horn Brewery serves hand-crafted ales and award-winning menu items. Walk off your dinner as you tour downtown, viewing historic buildings and stunning murals. You’ll come across David Street Station, Casper’s versatile outdoor space, complete with a stage for concerts, green areas, and a splash pad in the summer months. Check the website for events and concerts during your stay.
Wrap up your busy day at your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
DAY 3: SHOP IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CASPER
Check out and kick off your day with a healthy and filling breakfast.
Shop Historic Downtown Casper at various locally owned, one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops. Peruse clothing and goods at shops like the Floral Rhino, Cadillac Cowgirl, Mustard Seed or Wy Shirt & Gift. Check out the craftsmanship on display at 307 Metal Works, where you can find artistic creations forged from steel by a Casper artist. Don’t forget to swing into Casper’s most iconic shopping experience Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. Offering nine floors of true western clothing for the entire family + 10,000 pairs of name brand cowboy boots to choose from. And don’t get us started on their hat collection.
Hit the road for the Hell’s Half Acre, a 30-mile drive from Casper. Despite the name, Hell’s Half Acre is well over an acre; it encompasses over 900 acres of deep ravines, caves, rock formations, and hard-packed eroded earth. What makes this location extra special? In 1997, this was a filming location for the fictional planet Klendathu in the movie Starship Troopers. There’s no visitor center, or hiking trails but it’s a great Wyoming photo opportunity.