Little America: a classic Wyoming travel center

If you find yourself driving on I-80 through Wyoming, you’ll need a pit stop, and trust us, they’re hard to come by. Your oasis: Little America, the somewhat odd rest stop complex with an even odder name.

Little America

Located at exit 68 of I-80, Little America is the only show in miles, and it delivers: families can find a shaded playground, a few picnic tables, a large mini-market, a quick service dining option with burgers and pizza, a repair shop, gas station, and motel. Soft-serve ice cream cones are 50 cents, and other snacks such as donuts and chips are great deals also.

Dotted throughout the Little America grounds, amid colonial style buildings and parking lots, are wooden penguin cut-outs and penguin statues. These whimsical decorations seem very out of place unless you happen to know that Little America is named after Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1929 base camp in Antarctica. Even so, the Sinclair gasoline dinosaur looks ready to pounce on the unsuspecting birds.

All in all, it’s certainly a bizarre-seeming place, but most welcome for travelers to or from Salt Lake City or the Yellowstone National Park region.

Photo credit: rayb777

Date last visited:

June 2013

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