Located in the southeastern part of the state, Laramie began as a railroad town similar to others in southern Wyoming. Laramie is now the third-largest city in Wyoming and home of the University of Wyoming, the nation's highest campus, at 7,220 ft/2,200 m above sea level.
When not participating in in-town revelry, visitors can hike the 5.5-mi/9-km trail up 10,272-ft/3,184-m Laramie Peak, the highest point in the Laramie Mountains.
On the other side of Laramie is the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, which begins about 30 mi/50 km west of town and follows Highway 130. The pine-lined road runs up into the Medicine Bow Mountains and yields impressive views from the Libby Flats Observation Point. The drive north of Battlefield Highway on Forest Road 801 takes visitors through Aspen Alley, where fall colors peak mid-September to early October. Laramie is 40 mi/64 km west of Cheyenne.
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