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Honor Wyoming's History at this Historic Square in Cheyenne

Wyoming Capitol Square Project

© Courtesy of Capitol Square Wyoming

© Courtesy of Capitol Square Wyoming

No expense is being spared for the Wyoming Capitol Square Project—an elegant $299 million restoration of this landmark public building in Cheyenne. Upon completion (scheduled to coincide with the 150 year anniversary of suffrage in 2019) you’ll be able to visit the two-story chamber where the 1889 constitutional convention convened to debate, ratify, and draft Wyoming’s constitution for statehood. Its terms were very clear: “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”

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Enjoy a museum run by volunteer ranch women

Cowgirl of the West Museum

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© Courtesy of Cowgirls of the West Museum Facebook Page

Cowgirl of the West Museum, which is run by volunteer ranch women, pays homage to the tough broads who settled in the high plains of the west. Watch documentary screenings, pursue artifacts and memorabilia, and learn about the female pioneers, homesteads, and rodeo riders of the past. The array of vintage fashion—gold lamé western shirts, leather pants with flamboyant fringing, and even a novelty dad sneaker/cowboy boot hybrid —is particularly spectacular.

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Pick up Souvenirs from this all-female team in Laramie

The Bent & Rusty

© Courtesy of the Bent and Rusty Facebook Page

© Courtesy of the Bent and Rusty Facebook Page

For souvenirs head to The Bent & Rusty, a sprawling multi-floor space in Laramie containing unique items made by a collective of artisans and craftspeople. Every nook is filled with goodies, from hand-poured scented candles to reclaimed antiques discovered in local homesteads. The all-female team works really hard to uncover the history behind each piece salvaged. “It’s all about the story,” explains The Bent & Rusty woodworker Billie Eckhardt. “If there’s no story then it’s just things.”

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Learn about Wyoming's Wind River Tribes

Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center 

Ft. Washakie Pow Wow - Fremont County, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Cheyenne Downtown Trolley, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Stop by the Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center and the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room to learn about the historical moments, defining legends, and sacred traditions of Wyoming’s Wind River tribes. Be sure to request a female-led tour guide, as women in these communities play a pivotal role in the preservation and celebration of their respective cultures, and have nuggets of wisdom to share.

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Visit the birthplace of women's suffrage

South Pass City

South Pass City in Wyoming | © Graham Styles/Flickr

South Pass City in Wyoming | © Graham Styles/Flickr

Archaic mining machinery stands eerily static on the edge of this abandoned gold rush town. In its heyday, South Pass City was home to around 3000 residents, including America’s first female justice of the peace, Esther Hobart Morris. Now a national historic landmark, this unassuming location is also known as the “birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement” thanks to mine owner William Bright, who introduced a bill for women’s suffrage, and Governor John Campbell, who passed that bill in 1869.

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Support female artists at this museum in Casper

Nicolaysen Art Museum

Nicolaysen | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Nicolaysen | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Casper’s lauded Nicolaysen Art Museum is a great place to spend an hour or two. As the only female art museum curator in Wyoming state, Amanda Yonker oversees its rotating special exhibits and impressive 9000-piece permanent collection. Recently, she’s been delving into the institution’s vault in preparation for a special show in 2020, which exclusively spotlights work from established and emerging female artists.

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Go skiing down this iconic mountain

Casper Mountain

Casper Mountain, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Casper Mountain, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

While it isn’t Wyoming’s most famous ski spot, Casper Mountain offers snow-quilted slopes and cheap ski passes a mere 20-minute drive from Casper city. Resorts open for the season right after Thanksgiving, and if you’re game to try something a bit different, take inspiration from Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee—two US biathlete champions. In case you’re not familiar, biathlon is a winter sport that’s part cross-country skiing and part target shooting with a rifle. It’s challenging, as niche as it sounds, and so very Wyoming.

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Dine at the residence of America’s first female justice

Esther's at the Morris House

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© Courtesy of the Esther's at the Morris House Facebook Page

The wife and husband team behind Bella Fuocopurveyors of woodfired pizza and other Italian specialtiesrecently purchased the historic home of Esther Hobart Morris: 2114 Warren Avenue, Cheyenne. Currently, Esther’s at the Morris House is open for private parties and events (food is brought over from the Bella Fuoco kitchen, just across the street), but the plan is to launch the venue as a restaurant in its own right. You’ll be able to dine at the residence of America’s first female justice of the peace very soon.

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Veggie eats at this female-owned restaurant

Sweet Melissa

Sweet Melissa's in Wyoming | © VisitLaramie.com

Sweet Melissa's in Wyoming | © VisitLaramie.com

If you’re in need of respite from Wyoming’s meat-heavy cuisine (it’s a cattle ranching state after all) stop by Sweet Melissa vegetarian comfort food restaurant in Laramie. Owner Melissa Murphy’s plant-based menu dabbles in global flavors and manages to feel healthy while also satiating. Think vegetable stir-fry with Thai peanut sauce, cauliflower chickpea tikka masala, and gorgonzola and caramelized leek mac ‘n’ cheese.

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Have a hearty breakfast at this female-owned eatery

The Middle Fork 

The Middle Fork in Wyoming | © Middle Fork Facebook Page

The Middle Fork in Wyoming | © Middle Fork Facebook Page

If you’re looking for the kind of meal that will fuel a mountain hike, The Middle Fork should be your morning stop. Owner Jenna Ackerman and her friendly team serve satisfying brunch fare including biscuits and gravy, sourdough pancakes with eggs and bacon, and banana bread French toast. Good news if you’re having trouble deciding: many of the dishes come in half-size portions, so you can indulge your savory and sweet cravings in a single sitting.

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Grab a latte from this fierce female entrepreneur

Crescent Moon Coffee Stop

Crescent Moon Coffee Stop in Wyoming | © Crescent Moon Facebook Page

Crescent Moon Coffee Stop in Wyoming | © Crescent Moon Facebook Page

If you’re served by a young barista with cropped platinum hair and a crescent moon tattoo on the nape of her neck, you’ve just met the owner of this establishment, Makenzie Rothfuss. After a lot of research and menu testing the 20-year-old, who says she was never “very good with authority," opened Crescent Moon in 2016. Years of playing restaurant with her grandmother finally paid off; Rothfuss now serves fancy lattes, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods to a devoted stream of customers.

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Have a drink at this woman-owned distillery

Backwards Distilling Company

Backwards Distillery, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Backwards Distillery, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

This family-owned spirits company distills craft vodka, gin, white rum, and moonshine in beautiful copper fermentation tanks. Visit the tasting room for a ‘backstage tour” led by Amber Pollock—Backwards Distilling Company co-founder and president of the Wyoming Distillers Guild—then try one of her highly experimental cocktail recipes. Don’t let the circus branding fool you, the Pollock’s run a finely tuned and expertly executed operation that makes for a fun evening out.

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Enjoy an all-inclusive stay at this classic ranch

Vee Bar Guest Ranch

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© Courtesy of Vee Bar Ranch

If you want wide open nature, a healthy sense of solitude and weak WiFi, the wild country of Wyoming is where you come. More specifically, to guest ranch Vee Bar, where days are spent enjoying simple pleasures: horse riding, hiking, fishing, and melting marshmallows over glowing embers.

The ranch has been family run since it was founded in 1994 and is currently managed by Kari Kilmer and her husband Brent. Join their other guests for home-cooked buffet meals in the evenings, then get yourself a glass of red and curl up fireside with a book.

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A historic landmark turned hip boutique hotel

The Mill House

Mill House, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

Mill House, Wyoming | © Courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

The Mill House owner, Jill Hunter, has a serious eye for aesthetics. Using one-of-a-kind items cherry-picked from antique fairs and auctions (think cowhide rugs, tartan throws, and tables made from reclaimed wood), she’s turned Lander’s historic 1888 landmark mill into a hip-as-hell boutique inn. The spacious communal area, which is presided over by a giant moose head, is perfect for big groups cooking cozy meals. It’s also a total steal; you can rent the entire Mill, which sleeps 10 people in five stylish bedrooms, for $400 USD per night

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A cozy bed and breakfast in the mountains

Sunburst Lodge

View from Sunburst Lodge B&B in Wyoming | © Sunburst Lodge Facebook Page

View from Sunburst Lodge B&B in Wyoming | © Sunburst Lodge Facebook Page

Cozy cabin vibes await at Sunburst Lodge—a bed and breakfast situated next to Casper Mountain’s Hogadon ski area. Innkeeper Nancy Yust has cultivated a real home-from-home atmosphere, and whether you come in summer for the hiking or during winter for a ski break, the natural beauty right on your doorstep never fails to stun.

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