Casper is a city with the perfect combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities offset with ample outdoor opportunities and the perfect measure of urban vibrancy. Call us biased, but there’s nowhere in the world quite like it.
As with every new place you visit, we know there’s a lot to plan, take in, and discover. Whether you’re a longtime friend of our city or a first-time visitor, here’s a quick 101 on what Casper has to offer.
First things first, let’s explore Casper by the numbers.
Along with our spirited locals, we welcome nearly a million travelers every year. Our convenient location right off of I-25 in Central Wyoming makes us a popular destination for Wyoming residents, event attendees, and Yellowstone-goers alike.
Casper, also known as the Oil City, has 55,000 friendly residents who call our city home. In fact, our people are so welcoming that they earned us the title of Reader’s Digest Nicest Place In Wyoming in 2020. (Don’t be surprised if you receive a smile passing someone in the grocery store aisle or a two-finger wave passing on the open road.)
Need to catch a plane? Casper/Natrona County International Airport offers multiple daily flights to Denver and Salt Lake City–a handy little point of interest to keep in mind while planning your travels. And did you know… it’s the only International Airport in the State?
Rising above our city at 8130’ is Casper Mountain, our beautiful landmark that serves as the scenic backdrop for Casper. You can find multitudes of options for camping, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and more on our beloved, local peaks. With that kind of raise in elevation, you can imagine how amazing the views are from the top!
Casper sits at 5150’ above sea level, a number embraced by locals with pride. Various celebrations take place in our high elevation’s honor such as our 5150’ restaurant week, a yearly, week-long event where restaurants boast their most loved recipes, keep the locals spirited and put on community events to celebrate the tastes of the West.
5,000 FISH PER MILE
Our outdoor recreation opportunities are unmatched. The North Platte River flows directly through town and offers World-class fishing opportunities (with 3,000-5,000 fish per mile!), kayaking, trails, and more. We’re a hop and a skip from Alcova Reservoir if bigger water is more your scene.
193 LOCAL RESTAURANTS
To fuel your visit, Casper has 193 (yes 193!) local restaurants where you can savor all of your favorite types of cuisine. We’ve got some of the best steakhouses in the state, killer craft pizza, Thai, sushi, homemade dishes, Wyoming craft coffee, and more.
94 MILES OF TRAILS
Any trail you choose to follow here will lead you to something wildly unexpected. With the options to bike, hike, run, walk, and more, you will truly be able to discover your own adventure and find your own path.
13 LOCAL MUSEUMS
From touchable, historic Western experiences to diverse art collections, our museums offer unique art, history and just about everything in between. From the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center to Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site and the Tate Geological Museum to Art 321 and the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, you’ll find something to pique every museum buff’s interest.
When it comes down to it, all of these numbers add up to one thing: there’s only One Casper. In fact, we’re the only city in the world with our name! So, whether you’re hoping to reconnect with nature, soak in our charming downtown or simply try something different for your next vacation, there’s nowhere else quite like here.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY THINGS TO DO
Now that we’ve broken down Casper for you, we thought we would let you in on all the latest, local secrets. There’s a lot to do while you’re here, but below are a few of our favorite new businesses, attractions, and destinations to add some spark to your visit.
If you’re looking for nightlife or a little something to quench your thirst, we’ve got options. Casper has five amazing breweries that are dearly loved by locals, Oil City Beer Company and Mountain Hops Brewhouse being the newest. Stop by for some local culture and refreshing brews.
THROW AN AXE
Literally! Oil City Axe Company offers a fun new spin on indoor entertainment, where you can channel your inner lumberjack and challenge your friends to who has the most accurate aim. Talk about some Wild West fun!
SIP LOCAL JAVA
Metro Coffee Company is a favorite among locals, and their funky new Eastside location is no exception with live performances, local art, and an eclectic environment. Pick up a Dazbog coffee or one of their featured menu items, like their ‘Black and Tan’, ‘London Fog’, or ‘Mango Tango’.
TASTE NEW DISHES
With the 193 restaurants we mentioned before, it’s no secret that Casper has options when it comes to places to serve your inner foodie. The newest kids on the block have earned their place on our list of “must-try’s’, with Thai Kitchen serving up your favorite Thai food in a modern environment and Craves doing just what its name suggests: satisfying your cravings. On the go? Grab ‘N Go Gourmet is a great option for your mobile adventure.
MAKE YOUR VISIT EVENTFUL
The Hall On Ash is Casper’s newest venue, a gorgeous hall offering a place to host events, meetings and attend concerts alike. Follow their Facebook page for upcoming events, and mark your calendars to plan your trip to Casper!
In conclusion, we’ll just come right out and say it: we’re so glad you’re considering Casper. If you haven’t realized it already, we think our place is pretty amazing and has a lot to offer. Believe it or not, though, this list only just scratches the surface. From the ruts of the Oregon Trail to the top of Casper Mountain and the miles in between, we know you’ll find yourself immersed in history, art, culture, adventure and all the best Wyoming has to offer right here in our mountain town.
When you’re ready to plan your trip to Casper, be sure to check out the ultimate visitor’s guide completely free here. We also invite you to check out the Visit Casper website or pop into the Visit Casper office at 139 W. 2nd St. Suite 1B in downtown Casper. See you soon!