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Steer yourself to downtown’s Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill himself. Catch the Cody Wild Bunch reenacting a shootout in front of the hotel in summer, Cody’s most vibrant season. If you want a little more grit on your visit, stay in a cabin on one of 13 guest dude ranches and go horseback riding, hiking or just explore the Shoshone National Forest.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West is ground zero for cowboy culture. The center’s five museums include: Draper Natural History Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum and Plains Indian Museum, which puts on a proper powwow every June. Take a Cody Trolley Tour to see the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, pioneer homes and the historic district. After dinner, get your history with a side of laughs at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, where the Empty Saddles Band regales with bluegrass, comedy and cowboy poetry. The Cody Cattle Company puts on a traditional Western show with a chuckwagon dinner that is over in time for attendees to also go to the nightly rodeo.

Cody’s rodeo scene can’t be beat, whether you visit Cody Nite Rodeo, an amateur series running through summer, or Cody Stampede Rodeo, one of the largest professional rodeos in the USA, established in 1919. Follow up the action with a visit to Old Trail Town, which features 25 restored historic buildings just off the Yellowstone Highway. The structures, furnishings and artifacts you’ll see are authentic. Or, lay low in town, exploring galleries including Simpson Gallagher Gallery and Big Horn Galleries. Both feature local art, as well as the work of big-name Western artists. If you are coming from Mount Rushmore National Memorial, be sure to take the Interstate 90 Shuffle into Cody; use exit 58 or 9. There’s no substitute for this path through the mountains and canyons of Yellowstone Country.

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Statue of Buffalo Bill in Cody, Wyoming
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Cody was founded by Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1896.

Renown artisit Jackson Pollock spent the first 10 months of his life in Cody, Wyoming.
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Painter Jackson Pollock was born in Cody.

Spotting bears in Cody, Wyoming
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