Eight Top Dinosaur Destinations

Dinosaur bones and fossils are on display from Las Vegas to Anchorage.

Sauropods, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nev., image

Tiny sauropods hatch in a display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Alaska was once prime dinosaur habitat, a fact made clear by a T. rex skull and a fleshed-out carnivorous troodon at the ALASKA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY in Anchorage. You can touch Alaska fossils along with casts of dino claws and teeth. alaskamuseum.org.

At Seattle’s BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE, a Washington State exhibit spans 500 million years. The dinosaur era is well represented by an Allosaurus, a Stegosaurus, and a Triceratops head. burkemuseum.org.

The fossilized stegosaur with her calves huddled close at the DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE would be a heartwarming scene if not for the allosaur closing in. dmns.org.

A robotic T. rex roars at visitors to the LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM. Exhibits include dino footprints and a clutch of eggs. lvnhm.org.

Follow the MONTANA DINOSAUR TRAIL to see real duckbills, Triceratops, and other fossils in 14 museums from Choteau to Glendive. mtdinotrail.org.

The MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE in Lehi, Utah, with 60-plus dinosaur mounts, lets visitors touch real bones and eggs. thanksgivingpoint.org/museum.

At RED GULCH DINOSAUR TRACKSITE outside Shell, Wyo., you can follow a three-toed, two-legged dino’s well-preserved footsteps. wy.blm.gov/rgdt.

The WYOMING DINOSAUR CENTER in Thermopolis has a cast of a 106-foot Supersaurus (the largest dino found in Wyoming) and the only Archaeopteryx skeleton on display in North America. An exhibit on injuries—from fused vertebrae to bent toe bones—reveals the realities of dino life. “They were always stepping on each other’s toes,” says paleontologist Bill Wahl. wyodino.org.

For the latest information about dinosaurs, check our our article: Dinosaur News in the West.

Photography courtesy of Jos Iacuzzo/LVNHM

This article was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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