Yellowstone Country is beautiful country and there’s a lot to explore when you visit this region. Just over 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park is Cody, named after William F Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. This colorful character was famous for his buffalo hunting prowess, disposing of more than 4,000 in a very short time. He was also well known for taking the Wild West around the world in a show which ran for decades. Cody is full of mementos to this folk hero, including the extensive Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
To get a glimpse of what life was like for the pioneer farmers, visit Powell, named for explorer Major John Wesley Powell. This is an agricultural area, which is made lush by the waters of the Buffalo Bill Dam. The Homesteader Museum is a great place to stop and see memorabilia from Powell’s early history. You can even try out the caboose!
Explore other aspects of the area’s early history in Meeteetse. This is a great place to see wildlife and to roam the areas walked by Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy, Amelia Earhart and others. Now famous for ranching, Meeteetse also boasts a mining ghost town.
And let’s not forget Yellowstone National Park itself. The eastern entrance is a scenic route, while the park itself is full of natural wonders, including Old Faithful, beautiful waterfalls and the Yellowstone Grand Canyon.