Little America Hotel and Travel Center is located at Exit 68 just off Interstate 80 in western Wyoming. (Three hundred miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and a hundred-fifty east of Salt Lake City, Utah.) This travel center is not like any other this writer has come across in the U.S. The many amenities offered for the weary traveler make having to leave the only downside to your stay. This location is the first of six such properties located throughout Wyoming, Utah and California, and was founded sixty years ago. Visiting the website, www.LittleAmerica.com will provide information regarding the locations of the other sites as well as rates, reservation services, special packages and unique features to each lodge.
Having traveled back and forth over Interstate 80 across the great state of Wyoming numerous times, I find the Little America Travel Center Hotel and Restaurant to be well above average in all aspects of service to the traveler.
The Lodge at this Little America, (not coincidentally located in Little America, Wyoming), offers rooms for singles as well as suites with two bedrooms for families. The rooms are large and well appointed with king, queen, or standard sized beds, separate sitting areas, as well as desks and large flat screen TV’s. The furnishings are clean, fresh and cozy providing an atmosphere of home more so, than one of “hotel”. Suites are separate from regular rooms, set apart in little “lodges”, which help to give this hotel a resort feeling. There is a playground area for the kiddies and a beautiful swimming pool open seasonally and heated as the summer nights can get rather cool.
Little America Travel Center provides services for truckers also, with the truck service center at the opposite end of the lodge, and separate parking areas for the ‘big rigs’. There is a convenience store complete with a deli and munchies to please!
However, the big picture, the draw to return, the most memorable part of this writers stay, is the restaurant and gift shop. OhMyGosh! Who would think that a travel center would provide such a wonderful shopping and eating experience! The gift shop could satisfy any gift-buying binge for even the seasoned shopper, and the restaurant provides a dining experience that well outshines more upscale eateries. Hotel guests and travelers just passing through find themselves mesmerized by the handmade knives, crafted by locals. One of a kind clothing items, unique jewelry, gifts for children, hand tooled leather handbags and items specifically crafted for this shop reflecting Wyoming western culture adorn the shelves. The merchandise is constantly changing making each trip a new shopping adventure!
Before, or after shopping one must stop in the restaurant for a snack or a full meal. The menu offers burgers, homemade soups, fresh salads and entrees such as grilled rib eye steaks served with your choice of sides, fish platters, pastas, and scrumptious desserts! (This is just a small sampling of the menu.) That covers the lunch and evening fare, but let us not forget breakfast! Omelets, eggs, steaks, pancakes, — you name it, they serve it, — and they serve it just how you like it! The wait staff is exceptional and makes it seem, again, as if you are at a full scale resort.
Next to the restaurant is a dark, quiet bar area for a before or after dinner drink, or maybe just a place to relax before bed.
This Little America is not just for long distance travelers. Locals frequent the gift area and restaurant, as well as the hotel. Little America offers packages for weekends, honeymoon stays, and special deals for locals. These packages include your room rate plus a voucher towards dinner. Kids are always welcome and the convenience store/deli area has .50-cent ice cream cones, and believe me, there are more grown-ups taking advantage of that deal than there are kids, me included!
Pets are welcome, however remember to tell reservations at the time of booking, or be sure to notify the folks at check in as they have specific rooms for people with animals. There is plenty of ground around the hotel for walking your pooches and the area is always well lit up for safety.
Visit Little America’s website at www.LittleAmerica.com for travel information regarding this location in western Wyoming as well as the others in Wyoming, (outside of Cheyenne), Utah and California. Based on my several experiences with this site I will definitely choose to stay at Little America at any of the other locations, and highly recommend the same to my readers. Good food, great shopping, wonderful service, and comfy rooms, — what more could a traveler want!