Located in Eastern-Central Wyoming, Casper is your quintessential charming Western city. It is located near Casper Mountain, which is part of the Laramie Mountain Range, and sits along the North Platte River. Known as the “mountain town for the wild at heart,” Casper is great if you love gorgeous landscapes, the outdoors, and a nice touch of cowboy culture. Whether you are a traveling photographer hoping to capture the West’s natural beauty or a family looking to get your kids outside, Casper is the perfect destination.
Wondering where to stay in Casper, Wyoming? Most hotels in Casper are located along US-87, which runs through the city. A good area to stay in, if you want to be fairly close to a number places, is in the northwest part of town. Here, you will be right near the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, which attracts with interactive exhibits, performances, and programs about famous trails in the United States. Casper Planetarium is perfect for stars and space lovers, and it holds a show every Saturday. In case you are in town for a big event or meeting, then you will like hearing that Casper Event Center is close by.
The city has a number of other great museums, perfect for a variety of interests. The Fort Caspar Museum, for example, offers insights into Casper and Wyoming’s history and you can learn more about the reconstruction of Ft. Caspar, a military post dating back to 1865. You can learn about everything from prehistoric Wyoming to the energy industry and ranching culture. If you love fossils and gems, you will greatly enjoy the Tate Geological Museum. Moreover, the Werner Wildlife Museum is another Casper College museum and offers a number or programs and tours for those interested in wildlife.
If you are an art lover, head to Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, which boasts traditional and modern Western art exhibits. Other great places for art lovers include ART 321 – Casper Artists’ Guild and Scarlow’s Gallery. Of course, you do not want to miss all of Casper’s outdoor areas. To make the most of them, why not stay near any of these landmarks depending on your plans? Also, about an hour away, you can find Martins Cove, a historic site on the Mormon Trail and the North Platte-Sweetwater section of the Oregon Trail. In case you are there during the right time, you might just witness a “Handcart Trek,” which is a Mormon event that highlights the area’s role during their emigration in the 1850s. Right in the area as well is the Independence Rock State Historic Site. Over 100 feet high, it was an important landmark to anyone emigrating to the West, and you can see many of their names carved into the rock.
For particularly incredible views, look for places near the Pathfinder Dam or the Alcova Dam. The best place for the outdoors, though, is the Casper Mountain County Park. Take your pick between the gorgeous forest trails, seasonal recreational activities, and breathtaking vantage points.
Overall, there are 34 hotels in Casper starting at
If you are flying from afar, you will most likely arrive into Denver International Airport or Salt Lake City International Airport. Both are around four and six hours away from Casper respectively, so you may want to look into booking a hotel nearby after your flight in or before your next flight out.
The closest airport to Casper is Natrona County International Airport. It only provides flights to and from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Denver. However, most hotels in Casper have shuttle services to Natrona, which is only a 15-minute drive away.