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).