Wyoming: Cody, Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Cody (pop.  9,836, northwest Wyoming) serves thousands of tourists who travel to the Rockies for a Yellowstone National Park vacation.  Cody is a gateway city to Yellowstone. NPS provides a nice map to help you navigate the area in and around Yellowstone. For a brief guide to Yellowstone read Montana Traveler

Cody is home to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The museum is actually a collection of museums under one roof:  the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the Draper Museum of Natural History. The exhibits rival what you see at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  Don’t miss this place!

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Rodeo is the hottest ticket in Cody, during June, July, and August. The events are scheduled every night in the late evening. Old Trail Town, a collection of old historic buildings and artifacts, is another hot attraction in Cody.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy Old Trail Town.

Cody offers great shopping for tourists. If you want western wear, Cody merchants will get you ready for the saddle.   Visitors will enjoy the Irma Hotel (307) 587-5505, Buffalo Bill’s old hangout in downtown Cody. The Cody Hotel (307) 587-5915 may be the best lodging in town.

Cody is a prime spot for outdoor activities.  Hiking, biking, fishing, golf, river rafting/kayaking, camping, and rock climbing are popular. Many guest ranches are found in the Cody area.  Popular ranches with many  folks who are seeking a wonderful western experience are:

If you are looking for a different experience, try  Tipi Village a special type of lodging near Cody, Wyoming.

For dining, The Irma is the place to go in Cody. Many tourists stop at the Irma just to see the wonderful bar, with its extravagant back mirror. Maxwell’s Fine Food & Spirits, near the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is another popular spot to eat. Pasta and beef on the menu. Cassie’s Supper Club is a great place to dine in a western atmosphere.

Cody, Wyoming is about 120 miles southwest of Billings. It’s worth the drive over from Billings if only to see the wonderful Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  Enjoy Cody!

For those interested in WW II history, a major WW II Japanese-American confinement site is located near Heart Mountain  a few mile northeast of Cody.

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