Top Five Destinations of Casper, WY

Sometimes I need a break. On a road trip that can mean plenty of things. Sometimes, I stop by a roadside plaque and find out something about the history of the land. Sometimes I pop out and take a hike to move and stretch my legs. Sometimes I find a nice cup of coffee and a slice of pie. Sometimes, I pull into a single screen theater in Casper, Wyoming and watch the movie ?Snake Eyes,? or maybe ?Keeping the Faith? in Eureka, California or ?Your Friends and Neighbors? in Boulder, Colorado.

I can?t recommend stopping and seeing a movie for everyone, so even though I?ll probably stop at the Rialto Theater in Casper again at some point, it might not be for you. The darkness and nonsensical plots of a good action film might lull you into sleep and that doesn?t mix with driving long distances. A scary horror movie might make you stare awake at the door to your motel room and start at every shadow against your curtains. Even worse, it could cause you to burrow down into your sleeping bag and cringe with the rustle of any dried brown leaf with the knowledge that only a polyester muumuu supported by aluminum twigs stands between you and an axe-wielding murderer and you can?t see him coming through that synthetic death trap.

If the latter happens, then, I suggest a night with four walls, a roof and front doors that don?t open up into a parking lot. Think of something like the Overlook Hotel. Then, with a good night?s sleep, head to Casper for these five things.

Learn more about the area at the Fort Caspar Museum

I figure if I really want to know the story of central Wyoming and how it came to be in this huge, sparsely populated state, I should start at the Fort Caspar Museum. Before I even go inside, I plan to stand outside and imagine this crossroads for so many people heading west at different times in the history of the frontier.

Eat breakfast at Eggington?s

I love breakfast. I could easily see myself getting a cinnamon roll at Eggington?s or a caramel pecan roll or applewood smoked bacon and eggs or all of the above.

Go on a Summer Dig through the Tate Geological Museum

Isn?t this a cool idea? For $800 you can go on a summer dig with the paleontologists of the Tate Geological Museum. The fee includes six nights of lodging, six dinners, five lunches, four breakfasts and all the digging in the dirt that you want. Mmmm, digging in the dirt.

Creep myself out with a visit to the Werner Wildlife Museum

Items in wax museums and taxidermy exhibits always seem to move just as my head turns away. I?m sure I?ll have plenty of chances to feel the hairs on the back of my neck rise as I tour the Werner Wildlife Museum that is used to house the founder?s trophy collection.

Try Bull Fries at Poor Boys Steakhouse

Come on, it shouldn?t be that bad, right? I mean it?s just another part of the bull, the same thing you might find in a sausage possibly if anyone really knew how those are made. At Poor Boys Steakhouse, the balls, sorry, fries are just breaded and fried. Think about the meatloaf you can get afterward to wash away the thought of bull?s meat in your mouth. Never mind, don?t think that.

Any suggestions for things that I missed? Any additional recommendations for the area? Just let me know in the comments.

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About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."

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