I’m sure you’ve all heard of the 7 Wonders of the World. If not, look them up! They are sure to become a bucket list item!
Like the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of Casper have several variations depending on where you look. The ones that we did can be found here.
So, for those of you who don’t live in Wyoming, Casper is likely a small city by your standards. For us Wyomingites, it is large. Even so, we still don’t have a ton of stuff to do here, so the 7 Wonders are a good way to get out and explore the town and see things that we likely have never seen before. I had been wanting to do this for a long time, but I never got the chance. This was the perfect time for me to do it and also show Prestin a little more of the less-seen parts of Casper. We did not do them in the same order as the list on the website, so I will be writing in the order than we did them.
- Egg Beater:From the website: “One of Casper’s most recognizable features is the tall, white, three-legged Wells Fargo Tower downtown. Stand beneath it and look directly up as you spin around in place. You’ll feel like you’re inside an egg beater. Not recommended for those with weak stomachs.”
Prestin and I did exactly that, and it definitely does feel like you’re in an egg beater. This one is best to do in the morning or the evening. Unfortunately, we went right close to noon, and the sun was right above us and made it very difficult to look up and spin for more than a couple seconds.
- Spiral Staircase:From the website: “Another hidden treasure in a downtown alley! This giant spiral staircase behind Toy Town on Center Street used to lead to apartments, but now it just stops. The structure is a poplar location for senior portraits as well as providing a unique view of downtown Casper.”
This is one of the wonders that I’ve been to many times. This is a major hot spot in town for photography. Whether it be for senior pictures, prom photos, engagement photos, or wedding photos, there are several people in town that utilize this location for this purpose. It is a beautiful to look at, though old and a bit rickety. For first time visitors, it might be a bit unsettling to climb to the top, but it is more stable than it seems!
- The Clock that No One Sees:From the website: “Obscured in a downtown alley is this relic from a former era. Park on the third level of the Downtown Parking Garage and look to your left — you’ll see a faded clock in the brick wall!”
This was my second time seeing this wonder. The first time was last summer when my town had a downtown scavenger hunt competition, and this was one of the items to be found. I truly never knew that it was in my town, and it is actually really cool to see, even though it doesn’t tell the correct time!
- Magic Mirror:From the website: “Who needs a funhouse? Just check out the mirror located outside of Fashion Crossroads in Downtown Casper. If you stand halfway behind the mirror and move your arms and legs, the image is repeated in the mirror … so to anyone watching, it appears as if the person is suspended in midair. A fun thing for kids — and adults too!”
I honestly didn’t even know there was a mirror outside of this store, so that was the first surprising thing to me. Now, I have done a “magic mirror” before at a science museum, but this one was more fun as it was a lot more challenging to maneuver yourself into the proper position to get the photo to look just right. At this spot, you need AT LEAST two people to get the photos just right, and you will need to trust the photographer to get you into the proper position for the photo. In the end, the photos are hilariously worth it!
- Echo Chamber:From the website: “Some people call this the Center of the World. Located behind the Natrona County Public Library, this curved wall will echo whatever is spoken by the person standing in the middle of the circle, although everyone else will just hear the speaker’s normal voice.”
This was my favorite wonder of the day. I have been to the local library here more times than I can count. In fact, I am writing this post from the library right now! Somehow, I’ve never heard about this “echo chamber,” but it is seriously cool. This is another wonder that you will need at least two people so that you can experience the echoing and the non-echoing. It was honestly so cool that I plan to take multiple people here just to experience it!
- Gravity Hill:From the website: “This optical illusion is located on Casper Mountain on the road headed to Garden Creek Falls; a short distance after the turn-off, you’ll reach a large tree to your left. Bring your car to a complete stop and put it in neutral. Gradually, your car will begin rolling up the hill. You won’t believe your eyes!”
Prior to starting this adventure, this was the wonder I was most excited about. It was also the biggest disappointment. I’ve heard about Gravity Hill since I was little. I’ve always wanted to try it out and see the car magically drive uphill. However, we were completely unable to get this to work. We tried multiple times in both directions and just could not get it to work. I am positive we followed directions perfectly, and it just didn’t work. We even looked up YouTube videos to see how others did it. No luck.
- Lookout Point on Casper Mountain:From the website: “Halfway up Casper Mountain Road is a spot to park where you can see Casper sprawled out before you. An old legend holds that the city was designed to resemble Wyoming’s bucking horse logo. Although Casper has long since outgrown the silhouette of earlier days, the nostalgia lives on. Still, it’s an impressive view … especially at night when the city is lit up.”
This is another wonder that I’ve been to countless times. It is a great place to go at night to see the city lights or watch the night sky. I am pretty sure every person in Casper has been here at least once. It is an incredible place to look out over our beautiful city and gain new appreciation for this wonderful world we live in.
So there you have it, The 7 Wonders of Casper! It was a fun adventure to see new things that I’ve never seen before in my wonderful city. Do you have anything like this in your city or state? Have you ever visited any of them? Tell me in the comments below!