Cody Wyoming Vacation
Probably the best bet is to make it a combined Yellowstone and Cody Wyoming vacation. We had the opportunity to workamp in Cody, spending our time off seeing the sights of legendary Cody and Yellowstone, our first National Park.
During a summer Cody Wyoming vacation, there is plenty to see
and do in this charming western town. Take in the nightly Cody Rodeo
for family fun. Or plan your visit around the biggest Cody event of the
season – the Stampede Rodeo and a great 4th of July parade.
Be sure to allow at least a day in the Buffalo Bill Historical
Center. Better yet, devote two Cody Wyoming vacation days to give the
center the time it deserves.
The impressive Buffalo Bill Historical Center consists of five museums in one:
the Whitney Gallery of Western Art,
the Plains Indian Museum,
Draper Museum of Natural History,
the comprehensive Cody Firearms Museum,
and of course, the Buffalo Bill Museum where you can learn about the town’s namesake, Buffalo Bill Cody.
More about western legends can be found on the Trolley Tour, which departs daily from Buffalo Bill’s very own hotel, the Irma.
if you are not a serious shopper, be sure to allow time for the
interesting and varied shops in Cody – fun browsing and some great
deals. There are lots of good restaurants as you stroll along.
Be sure not to miss the excellent musicians at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. The tunes and heartfelt banter make the audience feel right at home.
As you can tell, there is plenty to do right downtown on a Cody Wyoming
vacation. But venture a bit further down the road to the Buffalo Bill
Dam and then the State Park with campsites set along the Buffalo Bill
Reservoir. Keep heading west along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway for
about 50 wonderfully scenic miles and wildlife viewing — all the way to
the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Take time to
see this magnificent first-ever United States National Park. Take your
time to drive the park roads – the scenery is fantastic, and wildlife
abounds. While we were workamping in Cody, we drove into the Park
repeatedly since there is so much to see.
Get out and walk all
the boardwalks through the thermal basins. See the numerous geysers,
hot springs, colorful pools and fumaroles. Stop in the Visitor Centers
to see the films. Be sure to pay a visit to the Old Faithful Inn to see
the historic building along with the famous geyser.
for fishing, hiking, white water trips and ranger programs abound.
There are several campgrounds in the park. There is a lot of ground to
Our best advice for a Yellowstone vacation is to allow
as much time as you can (probably more than you think) and do some
planning to get oriented to the park roadways and sights. The National
Park Service maps and newsletter are a start. Spend some time on the
Yellowstone NPS website, and stop at a Visitor Center for suggestions.
we were staying in Cody, we often drove into the park via the East
Entrance and later in the day drove through the Lamar Valley to exit via
the Northeast Gate. We then returned to Cody via the Chief Joseph
Scenic Byway, an absolutely breathtaking road. The timing worked well,
since we usually hit the Lamar Valley and Chief Joseph during prime
wildlife viewing hours of dusk.