Cody Wyoming is located on the western edge of the Bighorn Basin near the mouth of Shoshone canyon. Conveniently located 2 hours from the Eastern gate of Yellowstone National Park, Cody is a fantastic place to explore on your next western adventure. In addition to being within easy reach of Yellowstone, Cody is a true American frontier town steeped in rich history.
Founded by the famous Buffalo Bill Cody in 1896 this town has maintained its western charm and independent spirit. Holding the title of “The Rodeo Capital of the World” Cody will keep you entertained and fascinated with its western wear shops, museums, and classic steakhouses. Read below as we share with you the top 5 reasons to visit Cody.
#1 The Irma Hotel
Commissioned to be built by Buffalo Bill shortly after the town’s founding, the Irma is the perfect starting point to fill your belly and get a feel for Cody. The hotel was built in 1902 and was named after Buffalo Bill’s daughter, Irma. The focal point of the hotel is a beautiful cherrywood back bar located in the hotel restaurant. The bar was gifted to Buffalo Bill by Queen Victoria of England for her immense satisfaction with a private performance his troupe offered her in London England to celebrate her 50th year of rule. The queen was quoted as saying that the show was the “most remarkable entertainment ever seen in this country”. The hotel boasts a western style restaurant featuring Prime Rib and offers lodging as well. Recently restored the Irma has several guest suits including two that were Buffalo Bill Cody’s original rooms. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel it is worth stopping by for a meal and taking a look into Cody’s storied past.
See the hotel here: https://www.irmahotel.com
#2 Cody Rodeo
Running nightly from June to August, the Cody Stampede Rodeo is a must-see event on your visit to Cody. First started in 1919, this rodeo is the longest running and only nightly rodeo in the country. Here you can watch barrel racing, bronco riding, rodeo clowns, bull riding, and kids can enjoy interactive activities. It’s a great early evening activity and is guaranteed to entertain. Go early to get good seats close to the action.
Learn more about the rodeo here: https://www.codystampederodeo.com
#3 Buffalo Bill Center of the West
This museum is actually a complex of five museums under one roof. Here you can explore the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indians Museum, the Draper Natural History Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum. In addition to these fascinating exhibits, you can also witness events such as live birds of prey, chuckwagon dinners, and behind-the-scenes tours. This center details the meeting of lives and cultures that took place in the American west. It is a testament to acts of community, tragedy, sorrow, loss, hope, and perseverance. We suggest you visit the museum over the course of two days to digest everything contained within.
Explore the museum here: https://centerofthewest.org
#4 Mercury LeatherWorks
There are many western stores in Cody and many are great, however, Mercury Leather Works is in a class of its own. Store owner, Trajan Vieira learned leatherworking from his father and through many years of hard work and refinement has perfected his craft. The store houses a wide selection of custom tooled leather belts, boots, handbags, wallets, and hats. Trajan has collaborated with well-known silversmiths to produce some of the finest belt and belt buckle combos we have ever seen. There are plenty of pieces available to purchase and the store also accepts custom orders. Their motto says it all, “Quality is not a luxury. It is a necessity!”
See the shop here: http://www.mercuryleatherworks.com
If you make it to Cody for a visit, you must go the extra distance to visit Yellowstone. With over two million acres of land this park is truly the crown jewel of our country’s natural splendor. To be able to see miles upon miles of open space without fences is an experience that is difficult to describe. With wildlife ranging from Grizzly bears to black bears, to moose, elk, bison, wolves, and more there is no shortage of animals in the park. Drive through the Lamar valley to see large herds of Bison roaming the valley floor along the river. Visit Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful Geyser to see active geological wonders that have existed for millennia. While stopping to see Old Faithful Geyser, you should stop in to look around the Old Faithful Inn lobby. This Inn was built in 1903 and is made of Lodgepole pine with a rhyolite stone foundation. It is the largest log-built hotel in the world and is three stories high with an observation deck that reaches several stories higher to the roof. You can grab a beverage and sit at one of the three decks overlooking the lobby floor, it is quite an experience. The observation deck has been closed due to safety concerns since 1959 due to an earthquake that shook the inn but left it standing. Overall, the park is massive and there is a lot to see. When you visit make sure you plan several days to see the major sights of the park. It is an experience you will never forget.
Plan your Yellowstone adventure here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
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