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If you are searching for a taste of the real American West, Cody, Wyoming is a good place to start. The city was founded by the most authentic representative of the Old West, Colonel, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. His name still conjures up guns, buckskins, horses and the Old West.

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Since 1927, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, formerly known as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center of the West, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups.” Open daily May-September 15 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 16-October 31 daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December-February Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March-April daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission $19.00, Seniors (65+) $18.00, Student (18 + older with valid student I.D.) $16.00, Youth (6-17 years) $12.00, Children (5 and younger) Free.

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-4771 | Visit Official Website

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Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

The Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest concrete dam in the world when completed in 1920 and is a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The visitor center offers educational exhibits about the building of the dam and bringing water to the Bighorn Basin. RV parking is available and a shuttle service is provided to the center. Travel information, Cody event tickets, public restrooms, and breathtaking views are just a few of the reasons to visit the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center. Located 6 miles west of Cody on Hwy 14/16/20. May & Sept: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm; June-Aug: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, Free Admisssion.

6 miles West of Cody | (307) 527-6076 | Visit Official Website

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Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel

On November 1, 1902, Colonel William F. Cody opened this landmark hotel named for his daughter, Irma. The Victorian-style hotel has been visited by royalty, business and political leaders since its founding. The dining room is graced by a priceless cherry wood bar which was a gift from the Queen of England. The hotel operates year round and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cody - In town | (307) 587-4221 | Visit Official Website

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Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

Stroll through history while viewing over a thousand relic guns & other weapons from many different time periods and locations including the War of Independence, the Gold Rush Era, the US Civil War, the Old West & Indian Wars, World War I, the Roaring 20s, and World War II. Open May through September: daily, 9am-9pm. Free admission, donations appreciated.

(307) 587-3344 | Visit Official Website

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Cody Firearms Experience

Shoot the guns that won the west! From flintlock to full-auto. Instructor led experience covering history, safety and live fire. Over 50 firearms. Indoor range, kids arcade and wildlife exhibit. Discounts for military and seniors. Open daily during the summer 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. October to April – Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m to 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cody - In Town | (307) 586-4287 | Visit Official Website

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Cody Trolley Tours

Narrators, historical photos and audio clips share the story of Buffalo Bill’s town in the Rockies. Old and new attractions are highlighted. Give them an hour and they’ll give you one hundred years! Open daily Mid-May through September. Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with additional 1:00 p.m. tour during peak season. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Cody Trolley booth located on the porch of the Irma Hotel, Cody Visitor Center and various hotels and campgrounds.

Cody - In Town | (307) 527-7043 | Visit Official Website

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Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center

The Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center tells the stories of Japanese Americans confined there during World War II. The National Historic Site includes a museum, original camp structures, walking trail and military memorial. Located between Cody and Powell along Hwy 14A, off Road 19 Open May 15 through September: daily, 10am-5pm October through May 14: Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm Adults $7 Seniors/Students $5 12 & younger free. Call for group rates.

Powell, 14 miles East of Cody | (307) 754-8000 | Visit Official Website

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Historic Cody Mural and Museum

Beautiful mural completed in 1951 depicts scenes of the early history of the LDS church. Newly renovated museum shares the hardships the Mormon pioneers experienced settling the Big Horn Basin. May 14 – September 28: Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm, Sun 3-7pm Free admission.

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-3290 | Visit Official Website

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Historic Double Dee Guest Ranch Tour

The Meeteetse Museums hosts this FREE guided tour of the historic Double Dee Guest Ranch, located in the beautiful mountains of the Shoshone National Forest. It was established by Carl Dunrud in 1931 and operated as a dude ranch through 1942. Many famous guests stayed there, including Amelia Earhart. The ranch has recently been the focus of a major rehabilitation effort led by the US Forest Service and HistoriCorps, an organization whose mission is to save historic places. The tour is led by Jim Dunrud, a son of Carl Dunrud. Jim offers up the real history of the ranch, tells about the famous guests, and describes what life was life on the ranch during its heyday. The tour leaves Meeteetse Museums at 8:30 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Car-pooling is encouraged. The museum will assist in arranging rides for those without four-wheel-drive. Participants are asked to bring a lunch, water, and to wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Homesteader Museum

Step back in time and experience the bygone eras of the early to mid 20th century. Explore the world of pioneers, visit renovated homesteader cabins, climb aboard a caboose, enjoy special exhibits and much more. Join the fun at Homesteader Days, the first Saturday after Labor Day. Open April through May: Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm June through December: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm June through August: Sat, 10am-2pm. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Powell - In Town | (307) 754-9481 | Visit Official Website

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Kirwin Ghost Town Tour

The Meeteetse Museums offer a FREE guided tour of Kirwin, the isolated, abandoned mining town located high in the Absaroka Mountains. Gold was discovered there in 1885 and it quickly became well established with a population of approximately 200. In 1907 a savage snowstorm struck, creating an avalanche killing three of its townspeople. When the storm cleared, the people of Kirwin left with only what they could carry. Many historic structures still remain today allowing visitors a glimpse into the past. High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles are required.  The tour leaves Meeteetse Museums at 8:30 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Tour members should bring chairs, weather-appropriate clothing, and a lunch. Pre-registration is NOT required. However, if you do not have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, the museum will help you find a ride with someone who does. Participants may also take a short hike to view the beginning foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin, intended to be her summer home. Construction ended in 1937 when the famous aviatrix disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Meeteetse Museums

Meeteetse Museums is comprised of three museums – the Meeteetse Museum and Charles Belden Museum of Western Photography located at 1947 State Street, and the Bank Museum, located at 1033 Park Ave., which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museums contain an extensive collection of historic items and archives from the town of Meeteetse, the Greybull and Wood River valleys and southern Park County. Featured items include photographs and personal effects of Charles Belden (who documented life on the famous Pitchfork Ranch during the early twentieth century), “Little Wahb,” one of the largest grizzly bears taken in the Yellowstone ecosystem, Mike Crocker’s “Grand Slam” of North American wild sheep, antique sheep wagons, and the endangered Black-Footed Ferret Exhibit. Programming includes permanent and temporary exhibits, educational seminars, culturally-based entertainment, and organized tours to significant archaeological and historical destinations near Meeteetse. Open February through April: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm May through September: Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm October through December 22: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm Closed January. Free admission.

Meeteetse - In Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Old Trail Town & Museum of the Old West

Step back in time to the Old West of the 1890’s at Old Trail Town. Located on the original site of historic Cody, Wyoming. Historic Cemetery, Jeremiah Johnston’s Grave, 27 Historic Buildings, Butch Cassidy’s Hole in the Wall Cabin. The Old West as it Really Was. Open May 15 through September: daily, 8am-7pm. Adults: $9 Seniors (65 & over): $8 Children 6-12 years: $5 Children 5 & younger: Free

Cody - In town | (307) 587-5302 | Visit Official Website

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Pahaska Tepee Lodge

Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s original 1904 historic hunting lodge, is nestled among the pines just east of Yellowstone at the foot of the majestic Cody Peak. It is a beautiful, two-story log lodge that is on the National Historic Register. Tours daily June through August, 8:30am-4pm.  

50 miles West of Cody | (307) 527-7701 | Visit Official Website

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Plains Indian Museum Powwow

The Plains Indian Powwow takes place in Cody each June. Visitors from around the world are drawn to the vibrant colors and the rhythmic beating drums of the Indian pow wow. A “pow wow”, meaning medicine man, showcases traditional costumes, dances and singers. Authentic Indian jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, clothing, basketry, pottery, paintings, sculpture and more are available for purchase as well as fry bread and Indian tacos.  

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-4771 | Visit Official Website

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Powell High School Veterans Memorial Park

Powell High School joined with local veterans to build a memorial honoring Powell’s war veterans for years to come. Photos and biographies of 32 local veterans are featured. Located at the corner of Road 10 and U.S. Hwy 14A

Powell - In Town | (307) 754-6971 | Visit Official Website

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State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park

Visit this beautifully landscaped park featuring the Wyoming Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, World War II monument, State of Wyoming Korean War Memorial, and the Freedom Memorial. Located at the intersection of 26th Street and Hwy 14/16/20

Cody - In town | (307) 587-0400 | Visit Official Website

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