(BPT) - After altering travel plans for over a year, families across the country are ready to satisfy their wanderlust again. With an eye on safety, road trips and traditional family activities are making a comeback as people are hitting the highway to visit states that offer good fun and plenty of room to roam. That's why heading to Wyoming to experience the best of the West, like rodeo, hiking and fishing, is topping travel itineraries.
Make memories enjoying the best of Western culture
Special events like fairs and rodeos make a trip memorable, but there's so much more your family can do to experience the Western culture that's helped define United States history. The great outdoors await in Wyoming, with the same beauty found today as hundreds of years ago when the West was first being explored.
Some of the best ways to experience Mother Nature at her finest are fly-fishing the North Platte River, hiking Casper Mountain, visiting the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center or the Tate Geological Museum, exploring the Platte River Trails or Fremont Canyon — which can fill in the days before or after all that rodeo action.
Offering a small-town feel with big heart, carve out time in your itinerary to wander downtown Casper. Unique boutiques and a host of restaurants, breweries and a distillery are welcoming visitors, so you can kick back, sip on libations and enjoy exceptional cuisine. Finally, head over to Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters to get your gear and feel like a cowboy (even if you haven't ever ridden a horse). Home to nine floors and 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots, the whole family will be looking the part, plus you'll have the perfect attire for that next family portrait or holiday card.
Kick up your heels and see the action at a rodeo
Rodeo is the state sport of Wyoming and the mountain town of Casper is host to the biggest rodeo events in the West. At the College National Finals Rodeo — commonly referred to as CNFR, top collegiate rodeo athletes compete in events that include bareback riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Learn more at cnfr.com.
Learn more about all these activities and get many more ideas for family vacationing at www.visitcasper.com.