Spotlight on Government Information: Summer Travel



Illustration of road through pines leading to mountains with sign that says "Road Trip"Summer is finally here so load up the car, grab some snacks, create your playlist, and get ready for a road trip. These government resources can help you select a destination and plan the best route for a short excursion or long vacation.

The National Park Service manages over 400 parks, monuments, battlefields, and trails across the country but you don’t need to drive thousands of miles to reach some amazing locations. Check out these sites in Wyoming and neighboring states as alternatives to the more famous parks: Fossil Butte, Bighorn Canyon, Jewel Cave, Dinosaur National Monument, Niobrara Scenic River, and the Great Sand Dunes.

Millions of acres of forest and grasslands provide opportunities to camp, hike, fish, and experience nature’s beauty. Wyoming and Colorado are home to almost twenty national forest and grassland areas including the Black Hills National Forest, the Thunder Basin National Grassland, and the San Juan National Forest.

Keep the kids engaged through the Junior Ranger and Junior Forest Ranger activities and badges. For decades, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl have reminded people to respect nature by preventing wildfires and reducing pollution.

Some parks and forests require entrance fees so purchasing a pass online may save time and money. If your schedule is flexible consider visiting on one of the free entrance days.

The interstate system, comprised of more than 46,000 miles of roads, connects the lower 48 states providing access to countless adventures. Reviewing current road conditions and understanding the Federal Highway Administration’s route and exit numbering system can help minimize delays due to construction zones, unfamiliar roads, and heavy traffic areas. Running out of fuel or draining the charge on your electric vehicle can be stressful and potentially dangerous. The fueling station locator and gas prices map are valuable tools to prevent this from happening.

Remember to bring sunglasses and a camera. You’ll want to capture the memories on your epic road trip.

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