Rare Towns To Enjoy Away From Hustle & Bustle Of The World

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If you’re curious about what these towns and cities have to offer, we have the skinny on what to see and do in the top five eclipse towns.

Casper, Wyoming

Are you dreaming of fresh air, stunning landscapes, wildlife and wide-open spaces? Your first thoughts probably turn toward Yellowstone National Park when you’re planning grand outdoor adventures. What if you could have authentic Wyoming experiences coupled with small-town charm? That’s exactly what you’ll find, right when you need it most, in Casper, Wyoming.

All you need to change your outlook is a watercraft and a place to float. Casper, Wyoming’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs provide ample places to play and an abundance of boat, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals.

Redmond, Oregon

Visit Redmond, Oregon and discover a quaint high desert community, nestled in the heart of Central Oregon, and panoramic views of the snow capped Cascade Mountain Range. Visitors will enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and refreshingly cool desert evenings. Redmond combines a rich community heritage and small town charm with a zeal for the great outdoors.

Dine at one of Redmond's family owned cafes, craft breweries, or perhaps the growing number of specialty restaurants that have recently called Redmond home. During the summer month's visitors can enjoy weekly free concerts in the canyon parks and an active farmers market featuring local goods at Centennial Park downtown.

Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia is South Carolina's capital and home to the University of South Carolina. Along Columbia's wide avenues are historic sites ranging from an antebellum mansion to the former home of a slave who bought her freedom, plus museums, galleries, music venues, theaters and shops. Columbia's three rivers, lake, canal, national park and several city parks offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Among the kid-pleasing destinations are a zoo and the largest children's museum in the south.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Don those cowboy boots and journey back to the Wild, Wild West in this frontier city, tamed, of course, but with the western spirit alive and kicking. If your weekend getaway to Wyoming's capital and largest city starts on Friday, take the whole family to the Friday night rodeo to get into the spirit of things. In keeping with the cowboy frame of mind, saddle up and go for a tour on the Outlaw Trail, the very same route used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notorious outlaws, to evade the authorities. Or visit the Terry Bison Ranch, where you can hop on a horse or horse-drawn wagon, tour the winery and see the several thousand bison that live here. Whether it's rodeos, golf, parks, national forests, museums or symphonies, there's no shortage of options here to fill a fantastic weekend.

Boise, Idaho

Nature is a big draw for Boise, Idaho. The snow-capped Rocky Mountains serve as a breathtaking backdrop; the Boise River and its waterfront paths carve through the city; and outdoor activities like skiing, fishing, or snowshoeing are close at hand. But Boise is still a capital city with the dining, shopping, and culture to match. Top museums include the Idaho History Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Centre, and the interactive Discovery Museum of Idaho. And then there’s the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which could be considered the Northwest’s answer to Alcatraz.