Flights to Casper
Situated in east central Wyoming, in the Western United States, Casper is the state’s second largest city and has a history as an oil and cowboy town!
The Natrona County International Airport (airport code: CPR) is about 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the city centre, but there is no public transportation available between the airport and the city, just taxis and hotel shuttle buses. Flights to Casper are available on many airlines from South Africa, all of which will involve two stops, including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and South African Airways. All three have the same route, making stops first in London and then Denver. United Airlines offers a different option for their flights to Casper, with connections in Singapore and Denver.
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The Tourist Attractions in Casper:
Casper was developed as a town by developers who anticipated that the Wyoming Central Railway would pass through this way. The developers took a risk, but it paid off, and with the railway here the town began to grow. From the 1890’s Casper really boomed as crude oil was discovered in the region.
Fort Caspar Museum and Historical Site
Some years before the town began a fort was established nearby to the present city, and was the first settlement in this area. Fort Caspar (note the slightly different spelling) was set up as a trading post and a toll bridge in the mid 1800’s. The fort was abandoned in 1867 and left to ruin for some time but now several buildings have been reconstructed and it’s open to visitors as the Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site.
Other Museums in Casper
Casper is also home to several other museums. Keeping with the history theme tourists may like to visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. For art there is the Nicolaysen Art Museum, or for those interested in nature Casper has the Werner Wildlife Museum. The final museum in Casper is the Tate Geological Museum which is at Casper College.
Rising above the city is Casper Mountain, a popular destination in both summer and winter. In the winter time Casper Mountain sees significant snow and skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the runs at the Hogadon Ski Area. It’s only a small ski resort but this, along with the cross country skiing and snowmobiling available on the mountain make it popular with locals and visitors alike.
During the summer Casper Mountain is popular for camping and there are some hiking trails too. At the base of the mountain is one of Casper’s parks, Rotary Park, worth visiting to see the scenic waterfalls and more.
When Should You Visit?:
To enjoy warm to hot weather Casper is best visited during the summer months of June to September when average high temperatures range from 23 to 31C. October also experiences mild temperatures but from November onwards temperatures drop substantially until January when the average high is 0C. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year, though May is by far the wettest month, followed by April, June, then July.