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Nothing beats the wide open highways and winding mountain roads in Wyoming. Skip the Interstate and stay a while, with some of the most scenic drives in America right here in Albany County.
Snowy Range Scenic Byway
Head up the mountain on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway for a life-altering experience. The second designated national byway in the United States, the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is Laramie’s must-see in the summer months. It generally opens on Memorial Day weekend in the spring, and closes in late October or early November depending on snowfall.
If you are looking to take a few detours on the way or catch fall colors, we also recommend treks down Sand Lake Road and Barber Lake Road. Sand Lake Road is a partially paved route and does not have an outlet, but it is well worth the moose sightings. Barber Lake Road connects back up with Highway 130 just below the Green Rock Trailhead.
Happy Jack Road
The scenic route to Cheyenne exits at Sherman Summit just a few minutes east of Laramie on Interstate 80. We highly recommend this detour in any season for views of the rocks as well as Curt Gowdy State Park.
Did you know there is a bison and elk refuge just north of Laramie? In Sybille Canyon, the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wildlife Research Center houses 3,081 acres of the Johnson Creek Wildlife Habitat Management Area. Just along the road on a given day you’ll see elk and bison just off the highway. Remember to keep your distance, and check out the expansive views as you exit the canyon on either end.
Old Lincoln Highway
North of Laramie through the town of Rock River follows along the classic Old Lincoln Highway. Click here for our Old Lincoln Highway tour. Don’t miss the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument along the way, just off of Interstate 80 at Sherman Summit east of the city.
It's not often we get to recommend interstates for major vistas, but Vedauwoo Recreation Area and Ames Monument are perhaps the most beautiful stretch of interstate highway in the nation. At 8,640 feet, Sherman Hill Visitor’s Center provides the highest point on this Interstate that stretches from the east to west coast. Northeast of Sherman Hill is Pole Mountain Recreation Area, and continuing on Interstate 80 is Vedauwoo Recreation Area to the southeast. The hoodoos of Vedauwoo are not to be missed, and well worth the quick stop to take in the boulders and scramble up a few to move your road-weary legs.
If your final destination is Colorado, the scenic route to Fort Collins is by way of Highway 287 south of Laramie. Taking third street south and continuing on the highway, breathtaking vistas will greet you of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest as you climb near Pumpkin Vine Road.
There is no shortage of scenic drives outside Laramie. You might even pick a county road and take it until it ends, for an adventure all your own.