While thinking about all of the places I’ve lived in my life, I realized that I took for granted the things I was able to do in some of those places. It’s kind of funny that many of us end up moving away and then return later as a tourist to our hometowns.
I was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and lived in the exact same place a couple miles outside of town until I graduated from high school and headed to York, Nebraska for college. Believe it or not, I didn’t even travel to Yellowstone National Park until about 10 years after I’d moved away from Wyoming!
It wasn’t until I moved away that I realized there really are a lot of fantastic things about my hometown. I also realized there are lots of great things about the places I’ve lived since.
I’ve decided to write a short series called “Great Things to Do in All the Places I’ve Lived”. Stay tuned for my take on great things to do in: York, NE, Houston, TX, Memphis, TN, and Alotau, PNG.
If you’re looking for a great place to visit in the summer, I highly recommend Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I worked at McDonald’s there in high school, I had so many people traveling through in the summer who said they should pack up and move there. It’s unpopulated, quiet, and the summer weather is absolutely perfect. If you’ve ever visited in the winter, you’ll probably have a different opinion, as the winds are just bitter cold! But while you’re there in the beautiful summer, here are some activities to consider doing.
5 Things to Do in Cheyenne, Wyoming
1. If you like rodeo, or if you’ve ever been curious about seeing one, Cheyenne has the Daddy of ‘em All. Cheyenne Frontier Days draws a large crowd for the rodeo, concerts, parades, pancake breakfasts, and much more.
2. Visit the State Capitol. I guess Cheyenne is the only place in Wyoming you can visit its State Capitol, so take advantage of it while you’re there.
3. Take the trolley ride downtown. Though I grew up in Cheyenne, I haven’t spent much time downtown. This is a great way to tour the historic features of downtown Cheyenne. There’s a lot of neat history in Wyoming. (Maybe I need to take this tour next time I’m home!)
4. Take a tour of the Terry Bison Ranch. I didn’t visit this place until I was in high school. Since then, I’ve taken my children for a tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fun time for the whole family, and you’ll be amazed at the size of those bison!! You can even purchase bison meat to try.
5. Visit the Old West Museum. I haven’t been there for quite some time, but I remember enjoying it as a kid when we had school field trips. Children 12 and under get in for free! Can’t beat that.
What else have you done in Cheyenne that you recommend?