CODY, WYOMING ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
For centuries, Wyoming’s Cody Yellowstone has been a natural gathering place. Initially, it was wildlife that first called the area home. Then came all the others, including Native Americans, early explorers, hardy settlers and a young man by the name of William F. Cody, known to the world as Buffalo Bill. Today, his legacy remains, as do the natural wonders that make this area so inspiring. This 3-day itinerary offers plenty of experiences only found in Cody.
YOU’LL EXPERIENCE THESE GREAT ATTRACTIONS AND MORE:
- Cody Trolley Tour
- Old Trail Town
- Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Cody Firearms Experience
DETAILS AND TIPS
Length: 3 Days
CODY, WYOMING DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
After arriving at Yellowstone Regional Airport, enjoy a post-flight lunch at Trailhead Bar Grill Wood Fired Pizza. Here, chef/owner Nathan Kardos has fulfilled his dream of opening a restaurant in his hometown that offers a Western spin on Northern Italian-inspired cuisine. Dishes features ingredients from local farmers and ranchers and range from fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas to a gourmet burger.
After lunch, enjoy 100 years of history in one hour on the Cody Trolley Tour that includes audio clips and a live narrator sharing the story of Buffalo Bill’s town in the Rockies. In the late afternoon, check in to your hotel, The Holiday Inn at the Buffalo Bill Village Resort. The largest of the three hotels at Cody’s only downtown resort, this full-service hotel includes 189 deluxe sleeping rooms, a restaurant, lounge and an outdoor heated pool.
Step back in time to the Old West of the 1890s at Old Trail Town, located on the original site of historic downtown Cody. Stroll through 27 historic buildings including Butch Cassidy’s Hole in the Wall Cabin, visit the cemetery and Jeremiah Johnston’s grave and view Mountain Men monuments.
Head to Cody Cattle Company, a local favorite, for a chuckwagon dinner and a live music show featuring award- winning entertainers. The western theme continues with a visit to Cody Nite Rideo, which has been offering family-friendly western action since 1938. Meet cowboys and bullfighters, and get your picture taken on Mongo the Bull.
The adventure continues with a visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, home to five Smithsonian affiliate museums under one roof. Explore legends, cultures and artworks of the Wild West at this massive, award-winning museum complex in downtown Cody.
Get a unique hands-on encounter at Cody Firearms Experience where you’ll shoot the guns that won the West from flintlock to full auto. The instructor-led experience covers history, safety and live fire at the indoor range, which also includes a kids arcade, wildlife exhibit and indoor axe throwing.
When it was completed in 1910, the Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest dam in the world. Today, it is a National Civil Engineering Landmark. Enjoy breathtaking views and learn about local travel and events at the visitor center.
Up next is a river float with a beloved family-owned company. Since 1978, Wyoming River Trips’ mission has been to create and facilitate impactful river experiences through widely accessible, participation-oriented river trips. Since 1978, they have worked to build a river community that feels like family.
Finish the day with an authentic cowboy dinner cooked over an open fire at 2 Mules Chuckwagon. Learn about traditional Dutch oven cooking methods as you enjoy dishes such as wood-fired steak, sourdough biscuits and fresh cobbler.
Start your day with a one-of-a-kind open-air Yellowstone tour in a Mercedes convertible van with Cody Wyoming Adventures. See amazing rock formations, wildlife and beautiful lakes right from your seat.
Next up is the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, which tells the stories of Japanese Americans confined here during WWII. The National Historic Site includes a museum, original camp structures, walking trail and military memorial.
Learn the secrets of farming in the desert in Powell, Wyoming — special irrigation and farming practices both play an important role — with an agriculture tour that spotlights the area’s unique grass-fed beef and golden barley. Enjoy lunch with a local expert.
Finish your Cody stay with yet another adventure with a stellar scenic trail ride followed by dinner at a guest ranch. Located in the beautiful Shoshone National Forest, the UXU Ranch has been in operation as a dude ranch since 1929 and features outstanding food, luxurious log cabins and stunning scenery.