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I am putting together a trip next year from Knoxville TN to Salt Lake City, Utah. My route will be taking me through Southern Wyoming. I'm looking for things to see and great places to eat along the way. What can you suggest that perhaps the normal tourist would not see?

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I live out in Rock Springs, WY and have for since 2007; along with a year before that in Rawlins. From what it sounds like you are probably going to take I80 across Wyoming, which is extreeeeemly borning as all get out. I can't recommend any places to eat in the eastern part of the state, but I can name a couple places here in Rock Springs.

First though I figured I might mention a little deviation from I80 just to break up the monotony. After leaving Laramie, take highway 130 though Medicine bow national forest. From there you could scoot back up to I80 and continue on...OR you could turn south and take 230 to 70 and go west to Baggs..and then back up north to I80.

If you had a few hours to kill (about 3 - 3 1/2)...you could go south of Rock Springs on 191 and go around the Flaming Gorge...which isn't too scenic until you get a few miles south of town...but that loops around and comes back up into Green River.

Another scenic deviation to take would be to go south of Evanston on 150 and take the Mirror Lake Scenic highway down into Kamas, Utah. From there you could go north and get back on I80 and go down into the Salt Lake valley, or you could go south and into Orem, utah.

For food in Rock Springs...Id recommend (not in any order).
1. www.santafesouthwestgrill.com
2. The Best Western Outlaw inn actually has a pretty good restaurant as well. They have a chef that one some local competition awards a couple years ago. http://www.outlawinnwyo.com/dining.shtml
3. Coyote Creek is a steakhouse, and a little on the spendy side, but still pretty good. http://www.coyotecreekrs.com/
4. The 9 Iron Grill is at the local golf course...and we have had our company Christmas party there for two years. I've never eaten (ate?) there outside of the party, but the food was also pretty good. http://www.9irongrill.com/
5. Chinese / asian? Ive been to Wonderful house, Bonsai, Chopstix (also won local awards) and would recommend all of those. There are others as well such as Thai Quisine (only at there once) and a China King Buffet.

For Salt lake City...i dont know how much you have been down there and while my wife and I go down there every couple of months or so...we havent really gone out to the local places too much. However...
1. Arctic Circle is a fast food joint and make some pretty good burgers and shakes. They also originated Fry Sauce which is a common thing in this region (instead of ketchup)...very good...well worth a try (one in Green River too, by the way).
2. Crown Burgers....never been to one myself, but they are a local SLC chain and I would recommend their signature Pastrami burger. Regular cheeseburger with pastrami...common type of burger down there in SLC and Idaho. (I used to get a pastrami burger when I was a trucker in the area at other places)
3. For a sweet breakfast (or a sweet treat)...id highly recommend a place I saw on Man V Food: Bruges Waffles. The owner came to the US from Belgium and makes waffles the old school way and they are very good. We went down there a couple years ago and my wife got a Torpedo, which is stuffed with 2 bars of chocolate. http://www.brugeswaffles.com/
 

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What is your route thru Wyoming?
 

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Actually, when we leave Laramie we are heading down 287 to go to the New Belgium Brewing Co. then East to Pioneer Village on 14 to 6 (I think). Then to Nebraska City to see the John Brown's cave.

Also going through Hastings to see the birth place of Cool-Aid?

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