I was hosted by Visit Casper and all opinions are my own.
Welcome to Wyoming – Casper, Wyoming to be exact! This year I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Wyoming TWICE. I first visited Yellowstone in Wyoming back in March and I recently returned for a trip to Casper. To be honest, I didn’t know much about this region of the United States prior to my Yellowstone visit. I was pleasantly surprised on that first trip, so I knew I was in for a treat when Visit Casper invited me to visit for a weekend.
My first impression? Casper is a relatively small town(population: 57k) that reminded me a lot of West Texas. The city is in central Wyoming with a long history of oil and cowboy culture. If you were simply passing through, you might miss all that Casper has to offer. I can definitely say that it’s a great weekend destination for eating your heart out, exploring the great outdoors, fly-fishing, and more.
As my mom is on a mission to visit all 50 states, I brought her along for the journey and we were able to enjoy Casper in ways that we never imagined.
As a very important note, Casper is currently open for safe visitation. They are doing all that they can to protect both citizens and visitors. Masks are enforced, businesses offer outdoor seating, and many activities can be done while social-distancing.
While visiting Casper, I had the pleasure of staying at the Ramkota Casper. With a downtown location, this was the perfect launchpad for me to explore Casper. Every main attraction I visited was just minutes away, which made it easy to do as much as possible in a certain amount of time. My favorite aspects of staying at the Ramkota included:
Free shuttle services to and from the airport
Spacious rooms that allowed for complete relaxation with my mom
As a note, masks are required. Measures are being taken to protect both employees and customers at the Ramkota Casper.
People travel from all over the world to go fly fishing in Casper. With anywhere from 3000 to 5000 fish per mile, the area is one of the best big fish destinations in the USA. You’ve gotta put this on your Casper bucket-list. You can take a guided tour with Ugly Bug Fly Shop and learn everything from casting the rod to the process of tying a fly(bait used to lure the fish in). If you’re anything like my mother and me, you might not catch a single fish. However, I can say that this is the most peaceful thing I’ve done in a while. It certainly tested my patience. There’s a first time for everything, right?
Drive out to Freemont Canyon to safely catch some of the best views in Natrona Country. You’ll witness geological wonders from start to finish. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can kayak, boat, climb, or fish in the area.
The Nicolaysen Art Museum is a self-guided studio that features a collection of traditional and contemporary art. If you visit anytime soon, you must see Georgia Roswell’s exhibit which features Wyoming’s landscape via discarded textiles. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Note: You’ll be required to social distance inside of the museum. Don’t forget your mask!
Garden Creek falls is a hidden gem at the base of Casper Mountain. You can safely hike the trails and stand at the base of the waterfall for gorgeous views.
Stop by this art organization to shop local art or get your creative juices flowing with an onsite art class! Choose from pottery, photography, painting, and more.
In downtown Casper, you’ll find a local shop at every turn! For reference, you can carry a piece of Casper with you by shopping at Floral Rhino, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters, or WyoMade Apparel & Craft goods before you go!
Masks will be enforced inside local businesses.
Sneak your way to Backward’s Distilling Company’s Speakeasy where you can taste the best spiked hot chocolate of your life.
Grab some chocolate-covered cherries and homemade popcorn from Donnell’s Candies!
Taste brews in a 100-year building at Skull-tree Brewing.
Do yourself a favor and swing by Branding Iron Boutique for the fried green tomatoes!!!
Grab a slice or a whole pie at Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana. Trust me when I say this is the best pizza in town!
Indulge in some sweet treats and coffee at the Bourgeoisie Pig!
Treat yo’ self to Thai Food at Dsasumo!
Enjoy award-winning ribs and premium steak at Prime Rib And Chophousee
Note: Bring your mask and be prepared to social distance in indoor establishments. Feel free to ask about outdoor seating when possible.
If you find yourself in Casper, I implore you to stick around to discover just how much this town has to offer! Trust me when I say, this is the kind of place that will take you by surprise!
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