Wild West Wyoming
Being my second time back working for Visit Wyoming - I was so excited to be venturing into the northwestern corner of the state, to the wild west of Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Arriving at the quaint airport around mid-afternoon, we headed straight for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Here we explored the history of what has made Wyoming and the west so wild and beautiful. After nearly three hours in this remarkable place, we headed to Cody Firearms Experience to test who would've been able to truly handle the Wild West. Checking into our accommodations for the next couple of days at the Holiday Inn in Cody, we freshened up a bit and headed to the Rib & Chop House where I had one of the best steaks I've ever had. With bellies full and an even more full day ahead of us, it was time to call it a night.
Waking bright and early, we grabbed the best breakfast at Granny's Restaurant in Cody and then headed west - making our way to the boundary of Yellowstone National Park where we met our snowmobiling guides for the day from Gary Fales Outfitting. Once we were all suited up, we hopped on our sleds and took off. It was an overcast day, with a light snow falling - turning out to be such beautiful conditions for a day in the park. We passed countless bison, grazing along the border of the hot springs, ending at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone before turning around and heading back to the entrance. Arriving back at the car, we were exhausted and ready for some delicious food. We headed to The Local for an incredible, locally sourced meal. If you ever find yourself there - make sure you have the Chocolate Beetroot Cake for dessert. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The next morning, we woke up and took it a little bit slower. We enjoyed a great brunch at the Irma Hotel before making our way to the city of Thermopolis for the day. Our first stop was the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, which was actually so cool. Lunch was had at One-Eyed Buffalo Brewing before getting ready for my favorite part of the day, the hot springs at Hot Springs State Park and the Star Plunge. We soaked until our fingers turned to raisins and then headed back to our hotel to freshen up before dinner. We enjoyed an incredible burger at Raptors Grill and Pub before calling it another remarkable night.
We woke up on our final day in this beautiful state and headed to breakfast at Black Bear Café, where I had one of the best breakfast burritos I've ever had. After we finished up there, we stopped at Merlin's Hideout to experience how they tan their hides and make their fur coats. Departing the town of Thermopolis, we headed back to Cody for our last afternoon. We walked around the town, stopping in at a few coffee shops and stores before having lunch and heading home.
I can honestly say, this was such a memorable trip - every visit to Wyoming is. There is so much to be seen, so many unexpected corners to be experienced. Definitely take the time to dive in and see all that is in store next time you visit.