Laramie is a beautiful town on the banks of the Laramie River in Wyoming. It is nestled between two mountain ranges, and outdoor recreation is one of the large reasons the city sees significant tourist traffic. Although it is a scenic hideaway now, it had very humble beginnings as a tent-town that sprung up during construction of the railway.The proximity of both the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range makes mountain recreation a big part of life in Laramie. The Snowy Range ski area, cross country skiing and mountain hiking are popular with the locals and the tourists who come to town. These types of activities are also popular with the large student population. More than 13,000 students study at the University of Wyoming, headquartered in Laramie.
The winter season can be harsh in Laramie. While this might not be fun for the locals, it is good news for those seeking to relocate to the area. If you look for an apartment when the weather is at its worst, you'll notice that there is extra availability, and that the prices are a bit more favorable.
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Laramie made headlines in the 1990s for the murder of Matthew Shepard. This incident attracted attention from across the planet, and is still fresh in the minds of many of the residents of the area, as the entire city seemed to be painted with a negative brush in the eyes of the global public. This is still a sore spot with some residents, and an incident it is best not to mention.
Laramie is a small town, and there isn't much that you can't reach by bicycle or on foot. The University offers a few busses that transport students around the University and to a few select locations within town. For people who like to get out of town for weekend excursions, a car is pretty much a requirement.
The University of Wyoming features a Geological museum that is home to fossil and dinosaur exhibits. The University's Cowboys are an NCAA Division I team, and football games are especially popular in Laramie. In the winter, skiing and snowshoeing are a fun way to get outside. The Buckhorn Bar is a good local watering hole, and you can find other places to eat and drink in the area surrounding Grand and 3rd.