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Cody is a Top Fall Destination in New USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Ranking

CODY, Wyo., Sept. 15, 2023 – With world-class wildlife-watching, a robust arts scene and one-of-a-kind cultural and historical attractions, it’s easy to see why the destination of Cody Yellowstone was named one of the top 10 Best Places to Visit in the Fall in the latest USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards released today. 

The ranking follows several media accolades that have been garnered by Cody Yellowstone in the last several months. The destination has also been lauded for having one of the country’s Top Small Town Arts Scenes, and it has been included on lists of the Best Western Towns, Most Historic Towns and Top Western Towns.

“The fall season has become an increasingly popular time of the year for travelers to explore Cody Yellowstone’s colorful and rugged landscapes, experience its abundant outdoor adventures and watch its free-roaming wildlife,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region. “Just because our famous summer-season attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo are done for the year, it doesn’t mean the adventures are done too. This wild Wyoming destination beckons travelers who have an adventurous and curious spirit this time of year.”

Hauck noted that visitors have abundant lodging choices during the fall season, including boutique inns and historic hotels as well as RV parks and Bed and Breakfasts. 

Fall Fun in Cody Yellowstone

Favorite adventures for fall-season visitors include:

  • Hiking the destination’s many miles of trails in the Shoshone National Forest, Yellowstone National Park and beyond or biking on trails just outside of Cody. 
  • Fishing for cutthroat trout and other species in the rivers and streams in Yellowstone National Park as well as in the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River. 
  • Off-roading in Cody Yellowstone’s backcountry or driving the five scenic byways. The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway from Cody to Yellowstone’s Northeast Gate is especially popular for its extreme fall color and abundant wildlife. 
  • Viewing wildlife in action. The destination is home to wildlife such as bears, elk, bison, moose and wolves, and many of the species are extremely active as they prepare for the winter. 
  • Exploring the town’s marquee attractions such as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center and By Western Hands Museum & Gallery
  • Strolling along Cody Yellowstone’s Sippin’ Trail, which highlights the destination’s breweries, restaurants and unique venues. Visitors who download the free app and make a purchase at the participating businesses can earn points for rewards like Sippin Trail T-shirts, pint glasses and stickers.




Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention. 


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Cody is a Top Fall Destination in New USA Today/10Best Reader’s Choice Ranking