What to See and What to Skip in Wyoming

Get a Hide, Leave Your Sweater at Home

The wares at Merlin's Hide Out in Thermopolis are a throwback to a centuries-old, rustic tradition where warmth came from the hides of wild animals. Here, you can shop for an amazing array of expertly tanned pelts: buffalo, beaver, fox, skunk and badger, to name a few. There are accessories like hats, purses and blankets, too; a mounted buffalo head will cost you a little over $3,000.

Go to Prison, But Don't Stay Long

The infamous Butch Cassidy was among the inmates housed at Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie, which operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It's now a State Historic Site and a museum. Among the exhibits is the Broom Factory, where prison labor produced more than 700 brooms a day, which were then shipped to neighboring states and as far away as Japan. Admission is $5.

Visit a Ghost Town, Leave Today Behind

Wyoming is home to several ghost towns, abandoned frontier settlements that pioneers once called home and that now offer a fascinating glimpse into Old West life. South Pass City was home to miners after gold was discovered in the mid- 1800s, and today it features several authentically restored buildings. And Piedmont was a once-thriving timber town that now is home to old home foundations and cemeteries; legend has it that Butch Cassidy buried gold somewhere in this town.

Gabe Saglie is Senior Editor for Travelzoo, which features hotel, airfare and a bevy of local deals in Wyoming.

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