The story of the American West is so unique that it’s important to make this connection since there really is no other place or occurrence like it in the world. And Cody is the best place to experience this firsthand.
Everyone from Wyoming and those visiting should touch base and make that connection with the state’s historical, natural and cultural heritage. It’s important to at least once in your lifetime stop and reflect on the hows and whys of the world around you since the area you live in plays such a critical role in your life and the choices you make. Cody does an excellent job of preserving the state’s genuine western roots without the typical tourist traps associated with them. Before you kick the bucket, be sure to take this one awesome vacation to Cody.
Buffalo Bill Center Of The West
If The New York Times describes the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as "among the nation's most remarkable museums," then you have to add this to your bucket list. This museum is the most complex and oldest museum that depicts the history of the American West, This establishment includes five museums and a research library. The museums include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indians Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, the Draper Natural History Museum and the Cody Firearms Museum. The center is filled with art and artifacts that help keep "The Spirit Of The American West" alive. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is located at 720 Sheridan Avenue in Cody.
Old Trail Town
Take a step back in time to see for yourself what life was like in the Old West back in the 1890s. The lifestyle and history are preserved here with authentic structures and furnishings. At Old Trail Town, you will find original log cabins and a saloon used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and "Curly," a Crow Indian army scout. It was on this site that Buffalo Bill laid out the plans for the town of Cody. Be sure not to miss out on the place where a lot of the culture and legacy began. Old Trail Town is located at 1831 Demaris Drive.
Be sure to book your stay at the Irma Hotel. Buffalo Bill Cody built the hotel in 1902 and named it after his daughter. Here, you can stay in the same rooms where Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and Frederic Remington once stayed. Another option is staying in Buffalo Bill's own private suite.
No need to look any further for dining options because you can eat right there at the hotel. In fact, you can even enjoy your meal out on the porch where Buffalo Bill and Irma frequently ate. You can choose the breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet or choose from the menu. One of the most popular dishes is their prime rib. You can also enjoy a drink at the Silver Saddle Saloon. Be sure to check out the famous cherry wood bar which was a gift from Queen Victoria. True West Magazine voted the Irma Hotel as the Best Heritage Hotel in 2015 and as the Best "Who Slept Here?" Hotel.
There's even a reenactment of a gunfight in front of the hotel.
The Irma Hotel is located at 1192 Sheridan Avenue in Cody.
Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo
Since Cody is "Rodeo Capital of the World," you haven't experienced a real rodeo until you have been to one in Cody, in particular, the annual Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo. This competition is inspired by the Wild West shows produced by Buffalo Bill. It's a premier event held over July 4th weekend. The event consists of the best cowboys and cowgirls competing for big prizes in bareback riding, steer wrestling and bull riding. Cody is home to one of the longest running successful professional rodeos and it's the only place in the country that has a rodeo performance nightly. The Cody Stampede Rodeo takes place at 1031 12th Street, Cody.
Buffalo Bill Dam
Buffalo Bill Dam opened the gateway to irrigated farming in the northwestern part of Wyoming. The Buffalo Bill dam was built in 1910 and was one of the first concrete arch dams built in the United States. It was also the highest dam in the world. The Buffalo Bill Dam is located 6 miles west of Cody. Be sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center to learn more about this engineering marvel.
Buffalo Bill State Park
While you're at the dam, check out Buffalo Bill State Park. The state park is surrounded by the gorgeous Absaroka Mountains. The park offers prime trout fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking trails, a visitor center and even a wind surfing reservoir.
Buffalo Jump Winery
For all you food and wine lovers, be sure to check out Buffalo Jump Winery. The winery offers a casual dining experience with food that is out of this world. Either before dinner or after, take advantage of the Tasting Room. Sample a great selection of red and white wines. Buffalo Jump Winery is located at 1326 Beck Avenue.
The Cody Cattle Company
Another great option for dinner is The Cody Cattle Company. Their Chuckwagon Dinner is offered nightly from 5:30-7:30. They serve chicken, beef brisket, baked beans, potatoes, corn bread, apple sauce, Caesar salad, cole slaw, brownies, lemonade, and coffee. While you are enjoying a delicious dinner, you can sit back, relax and enjoy some live award winning entertainment. The entertainment is provided by Ryan Martin and his Triple C Cowboys Band. The Cody Cattle Company is located at 1910 Demaris Street.
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
One of the most scenic drives in Wyoming is along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. The drive, along State Highway 296, is a 46-mile drive from Cody to Cooke City, Montana. This spectacular drive takes you by Yellowstone River and Heart Mountain. You will also most likely encounter some wildlife along the way. This drive offers unbeatable views of Wyoming.
Sleeping Giant Zipline
If you're feeling adventuresome on vacation, try this exhilarating activity. The Sleeping Giant Zipline covers over 3,520 feet. The zipline features double lines ranging from 360' to 930'. Cody offers this unique opportunity which will end up being the thrill of a lifetime. Sleeping Giant Zipline is located at 348 Northfork Highway in Cody.
White Water Rafting
Another thrill of a lifetime offered in Cody is white water rafting. Just minutes from Cody, take a 2 hour family whitewater river rafting trip on the Shoshone River. This is a 7-mile river trip of some thrilling rapids. This trip offered by Cody Wyoming Adventures departs from their location at 1119 12th Street, right next to the Irma Hotel.