A Wild West Adventure in Cody

A Cody, Wyoming adventure offers a perfect blend of Wild West history, natural beauty, and modern amenities. The town, founded by the legendary Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, is steeped in Western authenticity and historical delights. Strolling through the quaint downtown offers a glimpse into the Cody of yesteryear: Western saloons serving spirits and sarsaparilla, old school shootouts, horse auctions, and rowdy rodeos. Luckily, Cody has managed to hold onto much of that charm, making it a popular tourist destination not only for Yellowstone National Park visitors, but also for folks looking for an authentic Cowboy or Cowgirl experience.

Although you might come to Cody for its Western appeal, you will quickly find that the town boasts many modern amenities that guarantee a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The melding of the past with the present defines Cody as a major attraction and tourism hotspot within Yellowstone Country. 


Whether you prefer somewhere historical or a bit more modern, Cody delivers.

The Irma Hotel stands as a living testament to the rugged spirit of the American West. Built in 1902 by Buffalo Bill Cody himself, and named after his daughter, this iconic hotel has withstood the test of time and become a cornerstone of the town's rich history and cultural heritage.

For a more modern option, The Scout Inn offers thoughtfully designed rooms that seamlessly blend chic aesthetics with nods to Cody's rich history. With its prime downtown location, the Inn places travelers in the midst of Cody's vibrant cultural scene, allowing for easy exploration of the town's downtown area.

For an eclectic mix of the historical with contemporary comforts, The Chamberlin Inn is a popular option. This boutique hotel flawlessly unites timeless elegance with modern luxury, offering guests a truly distinctive and charming experience.

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Yellowstone National Park is a scenic, 55-mile drive from Cody, which feeds into the Park’s East Entrance. The East Entrance is accessible by car from roughly May through September, and in the off-season you can hop on a snowmobile and traverse the winter snow as you explore the natural wonders of the nation’s first national park. Once there, witness the iconic geysers, vibrant hot springs, and diverse wildlife that make this destination a must-visit.

No trip to Cody is complete without taking in the local attractions. Immerse yourself in the Old West atmosphere with the Cody Gunfighters, who stage daily shootouts downtown during the summer months. This thrilling reenactment takes you back in time to the days of cowboys, outlaws, and showdowns. Continue your journey into the past with a visit to Old Trail Town, which stands as a captivating living museum. This meticulously reconstructed town authentically captures the essence of the late 19th century, with its collection of historic buildings, antique furnishings, artifacts, and cabins once owned by notorious outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The Cody Nite Rodeo is a lively summer event where you can feel the energy of the American West. Under the Wyoming sky, cowboys and cowgirls showcase the impressive skills of rodeo athletes who embody the grit and determination synonymous with the Wild West. Whether you're a rodeo enthusiast or a first-time spectator, the electrifying atmosphere and authentic cowboy spirit make the Cody Rodeo a must-see attraction and provide an unforgettable taste of the iconic Western experience.

A visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a must for anyone wanting to delve into the rich history and cultural tapestry of the West. The Center houses five museums: The Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and Whitney Western Art Museum. It's a comprehensive journey that brings to life the legends, triumphs, and challenges of the Wild West era, offering visitors an educational and entertaining experience. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, or simply curious about the West's past, the Center of the West offers an immersive exploration into the enduring legacy of Buffalo Bill and the captivating era he represents.

Cody’s downtown area is a destination in itself. Whether browsing one of the many art galleries or shopping at the local boutiques, spending an afternoon strolling down Sheridan Avenue is sure to be time well spent. For home goods, Olive & Pearl specializes in candles as well as carefully curated decor. At Proprietress, you can shop wine, spirits, and specialty beers as well as a selection of gourmet foods and home cocktail wares. For cowboy boots, check out Wayne’s Boot Shop, a local institution offering more than just boots! By Western Hands displays functional artwork and aims to preserve the legacy of Western design by promoting skilled craftsmen and artisans. There is plenty more to explore in downtown Cody, so allow ample time to curiously meander. 

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Cody has developed quite the eclectic dining scene, and although steakhouses still reign supreme, Cody has something for everyone.

Dining at the new Sitti's Table is a culinary experience not to be missed. With a menu featuring a fusion of tastes and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, Sitti's Table offers a diverse range of options. Whether you're a food enthusiast or just looking for a satisfying meal, the innovative dishes and small-town atmosphere make Sitti's Table an excellent choice for a memorable breakfast or lunch in Cody.

Blanca Tatanka blends exceptional cuisine with a vibrant atmosphere, creating an ideal destination to conclude your day. With a menu featuring enticing small plates and some of the finest handcrafted cocktails in Cody, this establishment offers a culinary and sensory experience like no other. Beyond its delectable offerings, Blanca Tatanka elevates the evening with live performances, transforming your visit into a memorable occasion.

For a cozy fine dining experience, the Trailhead not only boasts mouthwatering steaks and hearty meals but also wood-fired pizza. The rustic charm of Trailhead, combined with its commitment to quality ingredients and exceptional service, provides a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Savoring a meal at Trailhead offers a genuine taste of Cody's Western hospitality.

Cody is also well known for its steakhouses, and with good reason. These establishments capture the essence of Wyoming's cowboy heritage and create a dining experience that goes beyond the plate. For an authentic experience, try Proud Cut Saloon, The Cody Steakhouse, or Cassie’s Steakhouse.

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Extend your evening in Cody with a nightcap that captures the spirited essence of the West! Cody's nightlife radiates Western charm, offering vibrant options for every preference. Dive into the local watering holes for an authentic taste of Cody's Western flair. Whether you're in the mood for dancing at The Colonel or Cassie’s, sipping handcrafted cocktails, or enjoying a beer at a local favorite, Cody has it all. Experience an authentic cowboy atmosphere at the Irma Bar or Silver Dollar Bar, where the possibility of a mechanical bull ride adds an extra thrill to the evening. Don't call it a night until you've fully immersed yourself in Cody's lively and genuinely Western nightlife scene.

Cody, Wyoming, not only prides itself on its rich history but seamlessly integrates it into a dynamic present. This lively destination serves as a harmonious fusion of the past and the contemporary, offering an authentic and enthralling experience for both locals and visitors.


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