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Published November 12th 2016
Visit the Wild West in Wyoming's Capital
Built by pioneers following the trail of the Transcontinental Railroad, Cheyenne was once a mecca of cowboy dive bars and pretty theatres. From its inception, it then expanded, attracting more settlers and transforming itself from a lawless Wild Western town to the beautiful state capital of Wyoming.
The city has a lot to offer visitors, from reliving its history, to showing what its plans are for the future. Given its location in the state, it lies in a massive area and is a huge draw for people who love the great outdoors.
If all that outdoor adventure stuff 'aint your thing, you can also take it easy in Cheyenne and it has a fantastic relaxed atmosphere, which is a stark contrast to many other state capitals. That can never be a bad thing in my book.
Along the main streets you can find a host of authentic western shopping outlets, including plaid shirts and cowboy boots to help you fit in better. If you're on the market for jeans, you can't go far wrong by paying a visit to the iconic ' Wrangler' in the centre of the old Plaza.
Cheyenne city is the location of the world's largest steam train, the aptly named 'Big Boy', and is also home to the stunning State Capitol building and the Wyoming State Museum.
Cheyenne is a city steeped in history and one that has kept the old traditions alive through the years. The Cheyenne Depot sits in downtown and is a National Historic Landmark, which has been meticulously restored. Its treasures include the Depot Museum, a visitor centre and restaurant. The Plaza just out front of the Depot was hosting a market on the day of our visit, which was flush with locally grown produce and pumpkins the size of small children.
You cannot fail to spot the 'Big Boots' at either side of the Plaza, and these and their friends are situated in locations throughout the city. Each stands at 8 feet tall and have been wonderfully designed and decorated by local artists.
Talking a walking tour of the city is a great way to check out the sights and get your bearings. You'll also find some fantastic places to eat and drink; some national chains, but mostly independents, who are showcasing the local cuisine. There are a LOT of steakhouses in Cheyenne and that can never been a bad thing. There are also a few breweries and microbreweries and it's only fair to try out the local beers when you're in town, no?
If you want to experience the real Cheyenne you can get tickets for Cheyenne Frontier Days, which is the world's largest rodeo and Western festival, held over a period of 10 days each year. If you want to check out the local cattle situation, you can take a trip to Terry Bison Ranch, which is home to 3,000 of the massive beasts and offers riding (of horses, not the bison...), a steakhouse, fishing, and lots of other activities to fill your day.
And, if a long day of wandering round town, chatting to the local animals and posing next to massive boots wasn't enough, you can end your night by getting dressed up in your new shirt and bespoke cowboy boots and go dancin' at the Bit-O-Wyo Ranch.
check out the Depot Plaza for markets or just to chill out