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Spend A Fun Vacation in Charming Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming was nicknamed “The Magic City – Queen of the Plains” in 1867. Early historians marveled at how quickly the western town grew, with buildings seeming to spring up virtually overnight. The Sioux tribe gave the city its name, pronouncing it “Shay-an-nah.” Nearby Fort Laramie and Laramie City were named for Jacques La Ramie, a French fur trapper. The railroad and cattle industries played pivotal roles in the town’s rapid economic development.

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Located at the intersection of I-25 and I-80 and boasting two major railroads, Cheyenne is just 90 minutes north of Denver. As the capital of Wyoming it retains an Old West feel with rodeos, historic hotels, western-themed attractions and sprawling ranches.

Visitors enjoy a variety of attractions including museums, art galleries, shops, and eateries. For a taste of the cowboy life visit Terry Bison Ranch. Enjoy a train tour and catch glimpses of bison herds as you pass through rolling hills and grasslands. Go horseback riding, take an ATV tour or kick back at the Brass Buffalo Saloon.

Railroad buffs won’t want to miss the Cheyenne Depot. Considered one of the most attractive railroad stations in the country, the former Union Pacific Depot was completed in 1887. Today it is home to the Cheyenne Visitor Center, a restaurant and the Depot Museum. See exhibits on railroad history and enjoy interactive displays. Big Boy Steam Engine at Holliday Park is the world’s largest steam locomotive and one of only eight on display in the United States.

Downtown Cheyenne features a variety of western shops and furniture stores specializing in rustic décor. Visit the Nelson Museum of the West and view fine western art, cowboy memorabilia, and Native American artifacts. Board the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley for a narrated tour of the city. Stroll through Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and enjoy nine acres of specialty gardens, a conservatory, discovery garden, and peace garden.

Outdoor enthusiasts have a blast at Curt Gowdy State Park. Situated in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, the park features two small reservoirs ideal for watersports and fishing. Vedauwoo Recreation Area is a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, and viewing ancient rock formations.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world. A tradition since 1897, the 10-day celebration takes place in July. Enjoy a parade, concerts, chuck wagon cook-offs, carnival rides, and more.

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