As people are traveling more in 2021 after not so much in the previous year due to the pandemic, there will certainly be more people on the roads and more of a demand for needed stops along the way of their journey. Now, travelers in Wyoming will be able to make use of reopened rest stops that were previously shut down.

Governor Mark Gordon recently directed the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Office of Tourism to open nine rest stops that had been previously closed across the state. A secured temporary federal funding source will be tapped into so that the rest areas can reopen. The nine rest areas had been closed since June 2020 due to a lack of budget.

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According to Buckrail, the nine rest stops that will reopen are as follows:

  • Lusk on US 18
  • Guernsey on US 26
  • Greybull on US 16
  • Moorcroft on I-90
  • Star Valley on US 89
  • Sundance on I-25
  • Upton on US 16
  • Orin Jct on I-25
  • Chugwater on I-25

Diane Shober, the Executive Director of the Office of Wyoming Tourism had some positive things to say about the reopening of the nine rest stops:

Each of these nine rest areas are a valuable tourism tool...Certainly, a clean facility is important to the visitor experience, but it is also a powerful marketing platform to distribute travel guides and other trip-planning resources. As travelers are stretching their legs, they are also gathering information on local events, attractions, restaurants, campgrounds and lodging, which all can lead to extended stays and increase visitor spending.

As it stands, they are looking to have all nine rest stops reopened by Memorial Day Weekend. Just in time for plenty of travel!

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If you're new to town or visiting the Gem City, there are many things to see and do in our area. Laramie is like a special pocket of awesome in Wyoming. Between the University of Wyoming and the unmatched natural beauty, Laramie has so much to offer. To narrow things down and create a sort of starter list we turned to the folks at Trip Advisor to see what the people say. So, according to Trip Advisor reviews, here are the top 10 things to do in Laramie: