Nestled on the high plains between the Laramie Range and the Medicine Bow Mountains, Laramie is the arts and cultural hub of Wyoming. Home to the Equality State’s only four-year university, Laramie has a hip and energetic vibe set against a backdrop of heritage architecture and Old West traditions. This charming city on the Laramie River features college-town amenities like coffee shops and bookstores along with trendy bars and nightclubs. Laramie is also home to museums and historic sites that chronicle and preserve the history of this former 19th-century frontier town and end-of-the-line railroad stop. In 2011, Laramie was selected by Money Magazine as one of the best places in which to retire.
There is a wide range of things to see and do like the annual Jubilee Days Festival. The city hosts several museums, such as the Laramie Plains Museum, the Geological and Art Museum on the university campus and the Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center. The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site highlights the bedlam of Laramie’s early days during the Old West. Operating from 1872 until 1903, it housed infamous outlaws, including Butch Cassidy. A walking tour of Laramie brings to life many of the city’s colorful Western legends. Encompassing five blocks, the historic downtown features two-story brick buildings dating from the late 19th century. Laramie also boasts 14 city parks offering a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Residents and visitors can also enjoy the home games of the University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls sports teams. The Fine Arts Concert Hall on the university campus is the centerpiece the city’s performing arts scene.
Laramie is an eclectic mix of modern college-town amenities and Western folklore. You can spend a day shopping, enjoying the outdoors or exploring a renowned museum. Afterward, relax with nice meal, grab a drink at a popular local watering hole or attend one of Laramie’s numerous festivals to experience the culture of the Gem City of the Plains.