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Corrie’s Top 11 Reasons to Visit...

April 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When I mention I live in Cody, Wyoming, people are interested and wonder what there is to see and do here. Many think it is just a town you fly into or drive through to get to Yellowstone.  They have no idea what a great place it is. I decided it is time for the Top 11 reasons to visit Cody/Yellowstone Country!

1.  Amazing Scenery – We have everything from the most remote wilderness in the lower 48, sage brush deserts, rivers, lush valleys and Yellowstone National Park. There are two spectacular scenic drives outside of Cody, the Beartooth All-American Road and the North Fork Highway. Both are considered to be some of the most scenic drives in America.

2. History - Be sure to jump on the Cody Trolley to learn more about Buffalo Bill and a tour of the area’s historical sites, geology, wildlife and old and new west attractions. In an hour, you will get a hundred years of history! Visit the Cody Mural Visitors Center to learn about the Mormon pioneer’s life in the Big Horn Basin. Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum is a great treasure with a huge diorama of Wyoming and western history.

3. Yellowstone Read More


The Wildest Way Into Yellowstone

March 29th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As the days get longer and warmer, my anticipation for a summer vacation heats up!  I am ready for a change of scenery and new adventures! I like to figure out “the best” way to reach my vacation destination so I look for the most creative way to get there.  If you are going to Yellowstone on vacation this summer, you really have to plan on starting in Cody, “the wildest way into Yellowstone”.  You might not realize how much there is to do and see in Cody and on the road from Cody to Yellowstone.  Be sure to plan at least two nights in Cody!

Cody is home to Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA) which is serviced by Delta Airlines through Salt Lake City and United Airlines through Denver.  The airport offers competitive fares and is very convenient. I love that it is a small airport but modern. Not to worry about long lines for check in, security or getting your luggage. Renting a car is also very convenient at YRA. There are 5 major rental car agencies at YRA. There is also a great little restaurant, The Landing, in the airport, a local favorite! Since the airport offers free parking, Read More


Spring Travel to Cody/Yellowstone Country

March 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

As I sit here writing this afternoon, the hope of spring is in the air. It is a beautiful, sunny day with just a touch of wind and a temperature of 54 degrees. It is just a tease because we have a 50% chance of snow tomorrow! The unexpected is typical for March’s weather as winter comes to a close. With spring around the corner, I can’t help but think about weekend get-a-ways and spring break trips. My family loves to take a trip over spring break before it gets too hot.

There is something to be said for traveling in the “off-season.”  No crowds, travel deals and experiencing a destination as it wakes up from winter!  We often try to take a major vacation in the spring. I loved being able to take my kids to an attraction and they could get up close and personal without fighting throngs of people. My kids have the same great vacation memories, it was just cooler. We have also returned to many destinations during the peak season because we went in the off season.

Before our family moved to Cody, we visited in January and in April. Many of the “major” attractions were not Read More


Inner Cowboy

February 15th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Cody is definitely the place to find your inner cowboy. In fact, Cody is featured in the February issue of Western Horseman magazine as one of the Top Ten Cowboy Towns!  I think we all have a little cowboy/cowgirl in us.  If you are over 40, you probably spent some time during your childhood playing “Cowboys and Indians.”  Some of us even remember watching old westerns on TV. I grew up with a father that was a huge John Wayne fan and a mother that loved Roy Rogers!  Needless to say, I watched a lot of westerns. Remember how romantic ranch life seemed in those movies? I long for the days when men worked from the back of a horse and women tended to the home and children.  I often say that I was born 100 years too late. Luckily for me there are still western towns where the cowboy is still cherished and loved. Cody and the surrounding towns of Powell and Meeteetse embrace the cowboy and western way of life.

You may not know that there are still wild horses roaming the free range in Wyoming and Cody is lucky enough to have one of the largest herds just Read More


Ice Climbing in Cody/Yellowstone Country

February 7th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You may not know that the Southfork Valley west of Cody is known for its winter ice climbing. In fact, it is considered the best place in the lower 48 to go ice climbing. Each February, ice climbers from all over the country flock to this area for the annual Waterfall Ice Festival to climb, learn and socialize with others passionate about the sport. This year’s event is the 14th annual and will be held February 17-20th. The festival has clinics on the Southfork each day with dinner and evening events at the Cody Auditorium.

This year’s event includes a slide presentation by Pete Tapley, professional guide, writer, photographer and videographer on Friday evening. A silent auction and presentation by Ralph Tingery, “The Grand Rescue: A True Story of 1967 Teton Rangers” will round out the day on Saturday. Sunday evening will conclude the event with a pizza party, slide show and music. These events are open to the public.

Event organizer, Don Foote, says that this year’s event has the most participants the festival has ever seen. Foote says that the festival has “some of the best instructors, guides, professional athletes and gear reps supporting us and helping the clinics be Read More


Business Retreats in Cody Country

February 1st, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well planned business retreats can be productive, fun and exciting. They can also be mundane and boring, it all depends on the venue.  Bet you never thought about hanging out in a cool western town outside of Yellowstone for a business retreat!  The natural splendor of the area makes it an ideal spot for a unique and affordable business retreat, especially for team building and morale boosting. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great destination for renewing, refreshing and reconnecting. What better setting than the mountains to renew your passion for life and work.

Cody has several options for retreats depending upon the size of the group. Area dude and guest ranches are perfect for smaller groups. Ranches typically offer all-inclusive packages for groups so it is easy for the group planner. Most have wonderful lodges that provide unique backdrops for the nitty-gritty meeting times. Ranches also provide a range of activities and relaxation opportunities ensuring that everyone in the group has something to look forward to. Most provide horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking and spa services. Evening activities such as campfires, cowboy singers and poets,  or wagon rides allow for a casual atmosphere to get to know each other. Fresh air and a Read More


How to please your whole family with a...

January 25th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So what are the “Must Dos” in Cody/Yellowstone Country?

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody is a necessity when visiting the Cody area. The Center is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”  My family never tires of the Center. You can learn about Buffalo Bill, the Plains Indians, western art and Yellowstone. The Center also boasts the largest collection of firearms in the world-a favorite of the males in my family! Don’t forget to check out the gift shop for great souvenirs. You can bundle your museum trip with the Cody Trolley Tour at a discounted rate. The Trolley will pick you up at the front door of the museum and take you on an hour long tour.  This 22-mile tour in a classic trolley explores places, people and lore of the area.

Step back in time as you stroll through the original town site of Cody located at Old Trail Town. Historic buildings of the area have been carefully moved to the site in addition to authentic artifacts. My favorite building is the saloon. It is a quaint building with great character. This saloon could probably hold about 20 people. We forget that Hollywood has depicted saloons Read More


How to please your whole family with a...

January 19th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Planning your summer vacation to Yellowstone and stumped on how to choose an itinerary that will please everybody in your family?  It may seem like a no win situation since your family cannot even agree on a TV show to watch together.   So many decisions to make – do you choose an all-inclusive destination, stay in Yellowstone, a hotel or B&B, do you fly or road trip it? I am lucky because my kids are great travelers and love the adventure of a road trip! Your kids may revolt at the thought of a road trip with the family! How do you make it work so everyone is happy?

It does not have to be overwhelming.  It can actually be fun! Start by requesting the Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country 2012 Vacation Guide or go to www.yellowstonecountry.org . Both are full of great information on activities, lodging and events happening in the area. The website even offers sample itineraries. I love sitting down at the kitchen table with all the vacation planners, travel guides and web materials spread out.  Each member of our family gets a different color highlighter and goes through all the materials and highlights the attractions/activities with things that Read More


New Year’s Resolution to Travel More

January 13th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past year and start making resolutions and plans for the upcoming year.  Do you resolve to make the same changes each January?  The ever-so-popular “lose weight,” “get fit,” “get organized,” “quit smoking,” seem to be on many lists. Why not resolve to do something fun like traveling more in 2012? You don’t have to think “globally” when it comes to travel. Why not explore some of the treasures we have in Wyoming! Have you been to Yellowstone? Has it been 20+ years since you were there? Have you explored the area around Yellowstone? Make 2012 the year to really get to know Cody/Yellowstone Country! 

Dan Miller's Cowboy Music Revue

Let me help you plan your trip!  Start your Wyoming vacation by flying into Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody on jet service from either Salt Lake City or Denver.  I recommend spending two nights in Cody right from the start. Stroll the downtown shops and mosey over to the Irma Hotel for the Gunfighters street theatre performance. Dine at the restaurant in Buffalo Bill’s historic Irma Hotel. After dinner, check out Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. Spend another day Read More


Winter Adventure in Buffalo Bill’s...

December 26th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Winter has come to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!  We’ve had a couple of good snowstorms this year, and as I write, the snow is falling outside my window.  I’ve got a fire in the fireplace and a hot cup of tea… what a cozy day!

But if the idea of snow shifts your attention to what you can do outside, then there are countless hours you can spend enjoying the fresh air and sunshine here!  Skiing, snowshoeing, skating, wildlife watching – you name it, it’s here.  From Yellowstone National Park to the Beartooth Mountains to the community events happening this winter, there’s no end to the ways you can enjoy winter.

Consider this – Cody is home to the Yellowstone Quake Junior A Hockey team, and they’ve got home games clear through February!  January 13-15 and 19-21, and February 3 and 10-12, come on down to the Riley Arena for some fast paced hockey action.

One of the best places in the world to go ice climbing is right here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!  Every February for the past 13 years, we’ve hosted ice climbers from all over the country who gather for the Waterfall Ice Festival.  The falls on the South Read More