Cody, Wyoming is known as the “Rodeo Capitol of the World.”
Named after the city’s founder and most famous resident, Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, this Wyoming town is full of character. From the cowboy apparel shops to the rodeos, the spirit of the Wild West is alive and well. Here are some spots to explore on your next visit.
The Buffalo Bill Museum of the West
This museum is actually a combination of five themed museums. Each of the locations is designed to tell a different story of the American West and tie together to give a comprehensive representation of its history. The Whitney Western Art Museum displays paintings and sculptures of the Western frontier, the Cody Firearms Museum is home to one of the largest U.S. firearms collections in the world, The Draper Natural History Museum is full of flora samples from nearby Yellowstone, and the Plains Indians Museum tells the story of the region’s Native American people through paintings, sculpture, and other mediums.
The Cody Nite Rodeo
You cannot go to the Rodeo Capital of the World and not visit the Rodeo. Held each night from June through August, this event features cowboys, bucking broncos, expert riders, entertainment from rodeo clowns, and tricks performed by professional stunt riders.
Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Review
Located in the Dining Pavilion at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Nashville veteran Dan Miller and his fiddle-playing daughter perform six nights a week during the summer months. Heading into their 12th year performing for visitors and locals, the show has entertained more than 110,000 visitors from around the world. Dan’s show is known to get guests tapping their toes and singing along to old folk favorites.
Teton National Forest
If you are looking for an alternative to Yellowstone or perhaps a spot to bike, raft, or explore on foot, the Teton National Forest awaits your arrival. With its majestic scenery, magnificent waterfalls and unparalleled beauty, it is a national treasure worth exploring. There are undiscovered gems to be found in the forest, from hidden caves to untouched wilderness, it is worth making a day trip to see the Teton National Forest.
Cody has a lot of history to be explored. Come out and discover the story of the American West.