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A Tourist In your Hometown; Star Valley Wyoming

Star Valley, Wyoming is my hometown; and this last trip home to visit my parents I decided to take my kids on a walk down memory lane to some great sites to see! And then I realized just how fun it was to play tourist in my hometown! I had never done this before. I didn't have many photos from the places I hung out, or played. I didn't realize just why so many people visit Star Valley Wyoming until I took the day to play tourist. And Let me tell you it was quite fun!

Star Valley Wyoming or I should say Afton, Wyoming is known for having the world's Largest Elk Horn Arch in the world! As it is known all the horns have been collected naturally. Meaning they haven't been taken from animals that have been shot and killed. They were gathered after the elk shed the horns. Or at least that is how the story goes. It spans across 4 lanes of traffic plus the median. And also houses two smaller arches on the sides which features the main cross walk in the town. Did you know we don't have stop lights in Afton, Wyoming? 

Elk Horn Arch, Star Valley Wyoming

Elk Horn Arch

Elk Horn Arch, Star Valley Wyoming

Elk Horn Arch, Star Valley Wyoming

 

The other highlights of Star Valley Wyoming is that it is home to a natural intermitting spring geyser. It is one of my favorite places in all of Star Valley Wyoming; but it was too early in the year to climb up to the springs, as the canyon is still full of a lot of snow. But I plan on bringing the kids back in the autumn so we can hike to the springs. Yet, it is still a major attraction in the town of Afton; even when you can't hike to the springs. Apparently the tourist counsel thought it was important enough to mention that the water fountains around the town all house fresh spring water! This sign is new since the time I lived in Star Valley Wyoming.

Fresh Spring Water Star Valley Wyoming

Fresh Spring Water Star Valley Wyoming

The streets of Afton, Wyoming are also lined with western town themed decor!

Western Decor Star Valley Wyoming

Western Decor Star Valley Wyoming

Star Valley also has it's own small Chocolate factory! Although it's rather pricey; it is definitely a tourist trap spot to visit!

Star Valley Wyoming Chocolate Factory

The Streets are also lined with even more western and mountain decor on the buildings, not to mention great western benches incase you get tired of walking around and just need a place to sit for a few minutes!

Building Decor Star Valley Wyoming

Building Decor Star Valley Wyoming

Building Decor Star Valley Wyoming

Street benches Star Valley Wyoming

Street benches Star Valley Wyoming

And all this was done with no cost! We had fun walking around main street, and telling the kids stories about when I was a little girl growing up in this town. My kids have a greater appreciation and understanding about why I love Star Valley so much! By this time; the kids were tired and needed lunch. So we took a break. After lunch we did more sight seeing in Grover, Wyoming; another little town in Star Valley Wyoming. Grover is the little town where I lived. But I will save those photos for a future post!

Have you ever taken a day to be a tourist in your own hometown? 

Have you ever visited Star Valley Wyoming? 


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Jennifer

Sunday 17th of June 2012

Get to see this beautiful place every day:) i must say i am a very lucky gal to live in such an amazing place like Star Valley:) Also the best place to stay is definately the Lazy B Motel if anyone wants to know a place to stay!!:)

Sharon

Thursday 14th of June 2012

I love the idea of being a tourist in your own town! and what cool stuff to see! Love the elk horns! Thanks for sharing!

Laura

Wednesday 13th of June 2012

I love the racoons in the tree. It was amazing you saw all that for free!! That's my kind of vacation. When my girls were younger (not teens), one summer, we couldn't afford to go on vacation, so I took them to different places around Jackson. There is a lot to see, but most of it is not free (museums, zoo, etc.) But we had a good time anyway.

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Jeannette

Wednesday 13th of June 2012

That looks so cool! I need to go walk around my town although I doubt I'd find anything like that! You're lucky to live in a place with such amazing sights!

marcia

Wednesday 13th of June 2012

The elk arch is so neat! I've never been to WY, but would love to go someday. lol-isn't it funny how what is so interesting to tourists just kind of blends into the background when you live there?

Blessings, Marcia

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