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Perfect Pit Stop for National Park Road Trippers Feb 01, 2013

Southwest Wyoming Offers Plenty of Space to Stretch Out and Recreationally Recharge

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites summer vacationers who are taking a road trip to the most notable national parks – including Canyonlands, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – to make a pit stop in Sweetwater County to “fill up” on adventure, history, and cowboy spirit. Conveniently located at the juncture of Interstate 80 and Highway 191 in Southwest Wyoming, Sweetwater County is the perfect pausing point on the drive to some of the U.S.'s greatest national parks.

In the big, open country of Wyoming, people know it's more about the journey than the destination, and Sweetwater offers travelers several opportunities to spice up the “getting-there.”

Stop and stretch – Sweetwater uncovers the pioneer spirit in any road trip. With more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than any other part of the country, drivers can pull over almost anywhere and explore. The county's online trail map is helpful for planning a stop by specific trails like the Oregon and Mormon Trails. Vacationers looking to add an educational aspect to their stopover will find sightseeing opportunities like the White Mountain Petroglyphs and Reliance Tipple coal mining building right up their alley. Three museums also provide a cultural (as well as air-conditioned!) experience via photographs, fossils and dinosaur bones.

Stop and play Adding recreational diversion to a long drive is Sweetwater's forte. Biking, fishing, golfing, boating and even a water park make it easy to shake off the car crankies. Hundreds of miles of bike trails will tempt mountain bikers of all skill levels. Cold-water lakes like Flaming Gorge lure fisherman to abundant trout-filled water. Three full-service marinas provide boat rentals and watery fun on Lake Flaming Gorge. The beautiful Green River accommodates kayaking and tubing adventures, while Evers Park's motion-activated splash area is a free option that keeps little ones entertained.

Stop and stay – Resting up in Sweetwater can be rustic, budget-friendly or posh. The cities of Rock Springs and Green River offer comfortable lodging close to highway routes. In addition campgrounds, RV parks, and hotels accommodate every style of stay. For discounts on lodging, overnighters should check out the options at www.tourwyoming.com/specials-and-packages.

Smartphone users can also download the High Desert Adventure app for on-the-road access to dining, lodging, maps and activity information. More information is also available online at www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

Website: www.tourwyoming.com
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Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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