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Cody, WY Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!

Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Shows had a little something for everyone, so it makes sense that Cody, Wyoming—named after its founding father–has plenty of Western experiences for its visitors.

That is one reason Cody is #2 among True West Magazine’s 2023 Top Western Towns. They will be featured in the February/March 2023 issue, hitting newsstands on February 14, 2023. Tombstone, AZ took top honors.

It starts with five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, featuring Buffalo Bill Cody, Plains Indians, firearms, natural history and the Whitney Western Art Museum. But there’s more. Each evening at 6 p.m., Buffalo Bill’s 1902 Irma Hotel features a mock gunfight. The hotel dining room has a cherrywood bar Queen Victoria gave Buffalo Bill. They serve steaks, prime rib and whiskey bread pudding. The historic Chamberlin Inn has the best cocktails in town and music on its patio in summer, said Ryan Hauck, the Executive Director of the Park County Travel Council. Ernest Hemingway slept here and there’s a suite named for him with a typewriter, signed logbook and other appropriate decor.

“Cody does Buffalo Bill proud,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “The local residents have done an amazing job in preserving this history and presenting it to the world. There’s no question: Cody is a Top True Western Town.”

This is the 18th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 70th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit or call 480-820-5545.




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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Stuart Rosebrook

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