Cody Named Top Western Town in the U.S. by USA Today; Latest Rankings Added to Long List of National Media Accolades
CODY, Wyo., March 3, 2023 – The classic Western town of Cody continues to make a big splash in national media. USA Today/10Best readers have placed Cody at the top of the list of Best Western Towns in the latest Reader’s Choice contest. USA Today also named Cody one of the Best Historic Towns. Additionally, Cody was named one of the top Western towns by True West Magazine.
The winners of the two USA Today/10 Best Reader’s Choice contests were announced today.
Cody Yellowstone executive director Ryan Hauck was not surprised that Cody won the coveted top spot in the Best Western Town list.
“To us, ‘Western’ is as much about authenticity and depth as it is about location,” said Ryan, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region that includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, a large swath of the Shoshone National Forest and about half of Yellowstone National Park. “Few places offer such an array of classic
Western adventures, important historic sites, abundant outdoor recreation and welcoming locals. It’s no wonder Cody gets noticed again and again.”
In addition to the most recent top rankings, Cody is repeatedly included in national media “best-of” lists. For example, it has been called a one of the most beautiful towns in the U.S. and a top art town by Travel + Leisure. Other “best of” stories have appeared in Travel Awaits, AARP, Livability, Frommers, The Planet D, MSN, The Travel, Forbes and
True West Magazine.
“Named after Colonel William Frederick Cody (aka Buffalo Bill), this small northwestern Wyoming town is perfect for a Wild West-style getaway,” the editors of USA Today noted. “Visitors
can go on a wild mustang tour to learn about local wildlife, check out a re-creation of an old frontier town or enjoy the outdoors at Buffalo Bill State Park. And for history buffs, there are
multiple museums in the area, including the Draper Natural History Museum, the Buffalo Bill Museum and the Plains Indian Museum.”
Western Vibe Everywhere
The town’s Western vibe is evident in every corner of the town, and that’s just the way town founder Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody would have wanted it. Founded in 1896, the town of Cody was always meant to be a tourist destination. Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West Show had made him the most famous man in the world, chose the town site because it was rich in resources and close to Yellowstone National Park.
Throughout its first century, the town became known for its easy proximity to two entrances to the world’s first national park as well as its hospitality and increasing number of attractions
such as Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Cody Nite Rodeo. Other attractions, such as Old Trail Town, Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center, Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center and many more have been steadily added to the mix.
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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