Laramie is a city in Southeast Wyoming. It is home to the University of Wyoming.


Old Main at University of Wyoming

Laramie is located at very high altitude (7,200+ ft) and due to this has considerably milder summer summers and more fierce winters than other US cities of comparable latitude in the upper Midwest. This also means that the climate around Laramie is very dry most of the year so travelers here should take care to drink lots of fluid and not over exert themselves immediately upon arrival to mitigate potential altitude sickness risks.

Get in

By car

The primary access to Laramie is along Interstate 80, the main east-west corridor in the state; it's roughly an hour west of the junction with I-25 at Cheyenne. Because of the altitude and northern location, it is important to be aware of road conditions and road closures along all roads but especially I-80 as its closure can strand you. Road conditions are available on the internet at several sources including this one:

In the summer months the town is also easily accessible on a smaller road (US 287) that comes up from Fort Collins, Colorado. From Denver it makes for a shorter drive than I-25/I-80, but not noticeably faster.

By plane

Laramie is also accessible from Denver International Airport. From Denver, take Interstate 25 north to Cheyenne, where it intersects Interstate 80.

By bus

Get around


Car rental



Sugarloaf Mountain, Snowy Range


Downtown Laramie



University events are major draws relative to Laramie's modest population; expect limited availability and higher prices near the start of the academic year in late August and commencement in early May, as families of students descend on the town. Home football games, held on several Saturdays in the fall, can also fill hotels long in advance.

Go next

Cheyenne is less than an hour away from Laramie.

Denver is a two and a half hour drive south of Laramie.

Routes through Laramie

Rock Springs Rawlins  W  E  Cheyenne North Platte
Rawlins Medicine Bow  W  E  Cheyenne North Platte
Rawlins Medicine Bow  W  S  Fort Collins Denver

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