Known as “The Magic City of the Plains,” Wyoming’s state capital of Cheyenne boasts tremendous history and modern appeal with Western swagger. Perfect for travelers of all ages, Cheyenne offers a compilation of exciting activities, attractions, and restaurants across the city.
Here are 3 reasons why travelers should visit Cheyenne, Wyoming:
1. Authentic Cowboy & Cowgirl Culture
For anyone who ever wanted to be a cowboy when they grew up, Cheyenne will reignite your love for the wild west. Home to all things Western, travelers will find more in Cheyenne than they ever expected – cowboys and cowgirls, rodeos, ranches, gunslingers, and more!
- Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest rodeo, is a 10-day festival of rip-roarin’ excitement, featuring the world’s best PRCA rodeo action and Western entertainment.
- Terry Bison Ranch -One of Cheyenne’s most unique attractions! Take a tour on one of Terry Bison Ranch’s custom-built trains to see ostriches, camels, a huge bison herd, and actually hand-feed the bison!
- Cheyenne Gunslingers Show – See gunfights, western skits, and other Wild West activities in Gunslinger Square, 15th & Pioneer, in downtown Cheyenne. All of the shows are family-oriented, and you’ll have a lot of excitement and laughs.
- Boot Scootin’ at Outlaw Saloon – The Outlaw Saloon is the biggest bar in Cheyenne Wyoming. It has live music weekly starting Wednesday through Sunday.
- Horseback Riding – Horses are welcome in certain areas of Curt Gowdy State Park and Medicine Bow National Forest. Horses are allowed on hiking trails unless a trail is designated for foot travel only.
2. Rich History in What was Once the Richest City in the World
Wyoming’s capital city is filled with opportunities to explore the history of the West. On July 4, 1867, the first tents were pitched on the site now known as Cheyenne. Growing rapidly, Cheyenne soon gained another name, “The Magic City of the Plains.”
- Cheyenne Depot – Designated a National Historic Landmark, this former Union Pacific Depot has been restored to its original glory. Home to a visitor center and restaurant, the Depot also features the Cheyenne Depot Museum, rich with railroad history, exhibits, and interactive displays.
- Nelson Museum of the West – The 18,000 square feet Museum is designed to house more than 20 exhibits, both temporary and permanent, in 11,000 square feet of gallery space. The Nelson Museum is dedicated to the preservation of fine Cowboy and Native American objects as well as fine Western art.
- Historic Downtown Walking Tour – Enjoy this walk through the past, and experience Cheyenne, a unique city that captured the imagination of the American West. Witness the evolution of a boom town transformed into Magic City.
3. Shopping, Dining, and More!
There’s so much to discover beyond the rodeo arenas in Cheyenne. Shop, eat, and drink to your heart’s content amidst this magical western city.
- Aly L’s Custom Boots – Invest in a pair of authentic western boots in the cowboy boot capital of the world.
- Alexis Drake – Celebrate effortless style with Alexis Drake where you can buy perfectly imperfect handbags and leather goods that make for the perfect accessory to any outfit.
- Cheers to Delicious Drinks – With four breweries and two distilleries, we have the drink that you’ve been looking for. Download our Daddy of the Malt Pass to receive a free beer or cocktail when you buy one – at all six locations! Visit them all and earn a Daddy of the Malt pint glass.
- Indulge in Cheyenne’s Restaurants – This close to ranch land, finding drool-worthy meats top many meal priority lists. Steaks, chops, burgers, and ribs are all staples of the dining scene here, but it is far more than that.
Offering extensive outdoor recreation, family-friendly attractions, and a world-class rodeo scene, Cheyenne invites travelers to discover a destination that captures the imagination of the American West amid the beauty of the high plains.
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