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More Of The True Old West Day 2 On The Road West From Cheyenne to Elk Mountain
Drive Time: 2 1/2 Hours
Hotel in Elk Mountain WY: Elk Mountain Hotel & Restaurant
Sightseeing along the road:
Take your time to finish enjoying Cheyenne
Happy Jack Scenic Byway and Vedauwoo (beautiful rock formations)
Medicine Bow, Wyoming
Elk Mountain, Wyoming
Synopsis of the day
Finish seeing the attractions in Cheyenne and head west on scenic Happy Jack Road to Sherman Summit and the Vedauwoo beautiful rock outcroppings. Then take I-80 to Laramie, created by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869, with the Ivinson Mansion and Wyoming Territorial Prison. Continue west on the Lincoln Highway, Highway 30 & 287, to the Medicine Bow Hotel where Owen Wister hung out in the bar and wrote part of The Virginian. Continue on to the Elk Mountain Hotel and Restaurant, then relax and prepare for a great dinner.
Leave Cheyenne heading west on Happy Jack Road, WY 210, to Sherman Summit Exit # 323 on I-80. Get on I-80 headed east to Exit # 329, turn left on to Vedauwoo Glen Rd to the Vedauwoo National Forest Recreation Area. Return to I-80 and head west to Laramie Exit # 316. Grand Avenue will take you past the University of Wyoming, then turn right on 6th Street to see the Ivinson Mansion. Continue west on Ivinson Ave to the downtown area. Downtown you will find interesting shops and some nice little restaurants for lunch. Turn right (north) on 3rd Street to Clark Street. Turn left (west) on Clark Street to pass the Wyoming Territorial Prison (historical site). Return to 3rd Street, then turn left on the Lincoln Highway, US 30 & 287. You will come to Medicine Bow, then continue on to Hannah and turn left (south) to Elk Mountain. Go through town and just over the bridge you will find the Elk Mountain Hotel.
Heart of the Old West Activities and Attractions
Happy Jack Road, WY Hwy 210 Scenic Byway, heads west from Cheyenne and you will almost always see antelope along this drive. Sherman Summit is the highest point on the Lincoln Highway and is almost the highest point on the Transcontinental Railroad. Vedauwoo Recreation area, in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, features delightful rock formations and trails for walking and hiking. Frequently you will see rock climbers pitting their skills against these granite monoliths. The Box Canyon walk is short and scenic.
Laramie, Wyoming Is an attractive university town, home to the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Bad guys once imprisoned there included infamous bank robber, Butch Cassidy. Ivinson Mansion Victorian House Museum has tours. If you are into dinosaurs, the Paleontology Museum at University of Wyoming is excellent with artifacts from the Como Bluff digs west of town.
Medicine Bow, Wyoming and the Medicine Bow Hotel is where Owen Wister spent a lot of time at the bar doing research and writing a portion of The Virginian.
Elk Mountain, Wyoming, is a typical western ranching community located on the banks of the Medicine Bow River. A short walk through town will find friendly people in an idyllic setting.
Dinner at the Elk Mountain Hotel offers grand views of either the meadow or the Medicine Bow River. This elegant small dining room is an ideal setting for a scrumptious meal prepared by Cordon Bleu Paris-trained chef Susan Havers.
Don’t leave Elk Mountain without soaking up some history of the Overland Trail.
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