By: Anneliese Swift
The logistics of getting to Laramie may seem like an intimidating feat given our location in the shadow of Medicine Bow National Forest. However, in all reality, the process of traveling to Laramie is not only effortless, but also beautiful.
Wyoming, just a highway away
Located right off of Interstate 80, driving is one of the most inexpensive and convenient ways to get to town. I-80 is among one of the longest highways in the United States, running from San Francisco, Calif., to Teaneck, N.J. Students and families driving westbound will be fortunate enough to take in the views of Vedauwoo Recreation Area, a boulder field known for its rock climbing and outdoor activities.
I-80 is not the only highway connecting Laramie to the rest of the state. US-287 and WY-487 will connect you to the northern section of the state, while US-287 will also take you south towards Colorado.
For visitors living outside of the surrounding area, flying might be the preferred option. The closest international airport is Denver International Airport, which is a mere 130 miles away. Once in Denver, you can take the Green Ride DIA airport shuttle, which will take you directly to Laramie. Laramie itself has a small regional airport, making air travel directly into town possible.
Getting to Laramie in the Winter can be a little tricky depending on the weather, however thanks to the Wyoming Travel Information Service, visitors can check road conditions in real time. Road reports can be found by calling 1-888-WYO-ROAD (1-888-996-7623), by accessing the Wyoming 511 app or visiting wydot.com.
The charm of the University of Wyoming lies in the small but active community it belongs to. There are many different routes that one can take to Laramie, all of which introduce unique aspects of Wyoming and its natural scenery.