For Immediate Release
Whimsical, Musical and Historical Experiences in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country
Cody, Wyo., May 9, 2014 – This summer, travelers from around the world will visit Yellowstone Country seeking experiences that are decidedly unlike what their friends are doing. Experiences like learning about the four-legged residents of the region by spotting them on a hillside, not in a cage. Or listening to the strumming of a banjo by a real cowboy, not an animated one. Or belly-laughing at the antics of wacky costumed gunfighters instead of preternaturally large, wacky costumed mice.
“Here in Yellowstone Country, we are a little rough around the edges, and we like it that way,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “Our visitors want to roam through wild places, see things they can’t see anywhere else and have experiences that their friends back home aren’t having. Our founder Buffalo Bill was like no other individual in history, and we’re proud that the town he founded is beyond compare as well.”
To begin planning a trip to Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo. along with parts of Yellowstone National Park, start by visiting www.codyyellowstone.org. The area features more than 40 hotels plus another 15 guest ranches, B&Bs and guest houses. Campgrounds and RV parks round out the options for accommodations.
The web site also demonstrates that Cody is much more than a place to stay on the way to or from Yellowstone. Here are suggested activities – broken down by category – for vacationers heading to the area this summer.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West. With five museums under one modern roof, the BBCW is comprised of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History and Plains Indian Museum. The Center employs a variety of techniques – interactive displays, life-sized vintage photographs, exhibits – to engage and inspire visitors of all ages. The complex is informative, and surprises visitors in many different ways. For example, the Firearms Museum recently added one of the guns used by the Lone Ranger on television.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Situated at the site of the Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp that operated during WWII, this facility opened in August 2011 and presents exhibits that explore that difficult period the country’s history.
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum. While this fun and family-friendly museum has only been open for five years, it houses a collection of relic guns and weapons throughout American history. This is a must-see for travelers interested in guns and history.
Old Trail Town/Museum of the Old West. An enclave of 26 frontier buildings, Old Trail Town offers a built-in teaching moment. Astonished youngsters are often heard commenting about how small the houses were back then.
Pahaska Tepee. Buffalo Bill entertained friends such as Teddy Roosevelt and the Prince of Monaco at his hunting lodge built in 1904 just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. Local Indians called Cody “Pahaska” meaning “long hair.”
Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center. Water was as much a concern in the days of Buffalo Bill Cody as it is in the West today. Cody foresaw that and convinced the U.S. government to build a dam here to help conserve that precious resource. The dam is located six miles west of Cody.
Cody Gunfighters. At 6 p.m. on summer evenings outside the historic Irma Hotel the entertaining Cody Gunfighters engage in Western skits that always end of up in a gunfight, generally over a damsel in distress. Kids learn about gun safety and parents enjoy a classic – and free – Cody experience performed by a fun-loving and slightly wacky group of locals.
Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum. Tecumseh’s is one of those attractions that exceeds visitors’ expectation on a daily basis. A large room-sized, glass-enclosed diorama illustrates the history of the West by depicting important battles like the Battle of Little Bighorn, a buffalo jump and a fort under Sioux Indian attack. Hundreds of American Indian artifacts are also on display, including clothing, weapons and a hand-made wooden canoe.
The Cody Trolley Tour operates a one-hour, 22-mile tour that is a great way to get acquainted with the town. Lively narrators in period costumes tell the compelling story of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and showcase the town he created. Participants learn about the town as it was more than 100 years ago and the developments since.
Dan Miller’s Music Revue. Hailing from Nashville, singer Dan Miller and his Empty Saddles Band are celebrating their 10th anniversary of summer-season performances six nights a week in the historic Cody Theater building. Performances include a mix of songs harkening back to the days of cowboys on the trail, poetry and laugh-out-loud jokes.
At Cassie’s Supper Club, West the Band plays year round. The band is well-known throughout Wyoming and surrounding states after several years of touring. Ready to settle down, the band’s bass player purchased Cassie’s and the group attracts a steady following of dancers as well as music lovers.
The Triple C Cowboys Band at the Cody Cattle Company features award-winning entertainers and performs a great show for the entire family. The show concludes in time for visitors to attend the Cody Nite Rodeo.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
The Park County Travel Council website (www.codyyellowstone.org) lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange vacation can also call the Park County Travel Council at 1-800-393-2639.