Eclipse Road Trips

While you're in Wyoming to view the total solar eclipse, there's so much more to see and do in the Cowboy State. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. To make it easier, we've created itineraries to help you plan a memorable Wyoming road trip that combine our natural wonders, charming small towns, western experiences, authentic flavors and prime eclipse-viewing destinations. 

Route A: Denver to Casper
Distance: 282 miles
Estimated Drive Time: Four hours
Route Highlights: Southeast Wyoming Visitor Center, Cheyenne, Chugwater, Wheatland, Douglas, Glenrock, Casper
Must-See Attractions and Things to Do: Tour the Cheyenne Train Depot, stand in the ruts left by wagon trains along the Oregon Trail in Guernsey, visit the Fort Laramie Historic Site, cast a fishing line on Glendo Reservoir, dine on farm-to-table offerings at The Paisley Shawl (located inside the 100-year-old Higgins Hotel in Glenrock) and hike to Garden Creek Waterfall on Casper Mountain
Eclipse-viewing events: Wyoming Eclipse Festival in Casper

Route B: Cheyenne to Lander
Distance: 272 miles
Estimated Drive Time: Four hours
Route Highlights: Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Lander 
Must-See Attractions and Things to Do: Peruse the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, hike in Vedauwoo, stroll through downtown Laramie, soak in Saratoga's natural hot springs, take a guided tour of the Wyoming Frontier Prison and visit the Eastern Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center
Eclipse-viewing events: Wind River Eclipse in Fremont County

Route C: Salt Lake City to Jackson 
Distance: 273 miles
Estimated Drive Time: Four hours, 30 minutes
Route Highlights: Evanston, Kemmerer, Afton, Star Valley, Jackson 
Must-See Attractions and Things to Do: Tour the Uinta County Museum & Train Depot in Evanston, visit Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer, drive the Star Valley Scenic Byway, see the exhibits at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson  
Eclipse-viewing events: Great American Eclipse at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 

RouteD: Salt Lake City to Lander
Distance: 310 miles
Estimated Drive Time: Fours hours, 39 minutes
Route Highlights: Evanston, Fort Bridger, Green River, Rock Springs, Farson, South Pass, Lander
Must-See Attractions and Things to Do:  Tour the Uinta County Museum & Train Depot in Evanston, explore Fort Bridger, float down the Green River, see the Flaming Gorge, stroll through Downtown Rock Springs, enjoy a BIG CONE at the Farson Mercantile, pan for gold near the Carissa Mine, and visit the Eastern Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center.
Eclipse-viewing events: Wind River Eclipse in Fremont County

Route E: Rapid City to Casper
Distance: 248 miles
Estimated Drive Time: Five hours, 30 minutes
Route Highlights: Sundance, Devils Tower National Monument, Gillette, Buffalo, Kaycee, Casper 
Must-See Attractions and Things to Do: Visit the Black Hills National Forest near Sundance, take in the sight of Devils Tower National Monument, tour Gillette's Rockpile Museum, stroll the streets of charming Buffalo, visit Kaycee—the birthplace of famous rodeo cowboy and country singer Chris LeDoux—and cowboy up at Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters in downtown Casper
Eclipse-viewing events: Casper Eclipse Festival in Casper 

For additional ideas on traveling through Wyoming, check out more road trip itineraries here.

 

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