Since Laramie is a university town, it has its fair share of bookstores. Our favorites are the peaceful 2nd Story Books and Personally Recommended Books, both at 105 E. Ivinson Ave. (tel. 307/745-4423). To see what's hot on campus, visit the University Bookstore, 1 block north of Ivinson Avenue and 13th Street (tel. 800/370-2676).

If you're looking for the gear you need for an adventure in the Medicine Bow, try Cross-Country Connection, 222 S. 2nd St. (tel. 307/721-2851), for skiing and climbing equipment (you can rent skis here, too). For Western clothing and souvenirs, hit Martindale's, downtown at 217 E. Grand Ave. (tel. 307/721-4100).

Downtown Laramie is also home to all kinds of artists and craftspeople. Earth, Wind, and Fire (tel. 307/745-0226), 216 S. 2nd St., is a pottery lover's dream come true. Hart's Jewelry & Gifts, 111 E. Grand Ave. (tel. 307/742-9386), is another excellent gallery and gift store. The prime antiques store is Antique Fever, 211 S. 2nd St. (tel. 307/721-8398).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.