However, Cheyenne has so much to offer both tourists and residents. If you're considering relocating to Cheyenne, you are sure to fall in love with the city's charm, hospitality, world-class restaurants, and seemingly endless attractions.
Cheyenne is the capitol of Wyoming and also the largest city in the state, with a population of nearly 60,000 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census. While that may sound small, Cheyenne is at the northern point of the Front Range Urban Corridor, a rapidly growing chain of cities that spans from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado. Because of this prime location, Cheyenne is able to enjoy a tremendous number of activities, museums, and dining establishments that similarly sized cities cannot sustain. Here are just a few of the most popular spots among locals and tourists alike.
Wyoming State Museum
The Wyoming State Museum offers an amazing look at the history of Wyoming and the American West from prehistoric times to the present. Their mission is to "Collect, Preserve, and Interpret" artifacts that show all aspects of both human history and natural history in the area. Popular displays include dinosaur fossils, natural resources, wildlife exhibits, and a "Hands-on History" room that younger visitors will love. The Wyoming State Museum is a fun and educational place that the whole family will enjoy, and it's open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (except holidays). Family Days are held on the first Saturday of the month. (Photo Credit: http://wyomuseum.state.wy.us/)
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
Since its founding in 1978, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum has held true to its mission of educating people about the history of the region and what life was like in Wyoming during the time of its settlement. Exhibits range from art displays, samples of frontier clothing and home goods, a large display of transportation devices, and a large collection of assorted artifacts. Throughout the year, the museum holds a wide variety of events including the annual formal gala, the Kids' Cowboy Festival, and special events for members. The CFD Old West Museum has been rated a "AAA Gem" by the American Automobile Association, and it is the #1 year-round cultural tourism attraction in southeast Wyoming. It's a place where the entire family can learn and explore, and it's open seven days a week.
Cheyenne Depot Museum
The expansion of railways played a huge part in Cheyenne's development, and the city commemorates the importance of the railroad with the Cheyenne Depot Museum. Housed in the historic Union Pacific Cheyenne Depot, this lovely building serves as a fantastic setting for visitors to understand and appreciate the growth of the railway, its significance in the city's history, and also how the men and women who were a part of the construction and development of the railroads lived. Anyone with an interest in the railroad will enjoy visiting the museum to see the model narrow-gauge railroad and trains, the train yard, the interesting exhibits, and the architecture of the building. Open seven days a week, the Cheyenne Depot Museum is a lovely excursion for kids and adults alike.
Cheyenne Depot Plaza
Serving as the hub of all that is going on in Downtown Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Depot Plaza is the outdoor area outside of the Cheyenne Depot Museum. It is frequently the setting for outdoor concerts, festivals, and other events. During the summer, Fridays on the Plaza provides a great opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy a live concert every Friday evening. Food trucks and vendors gather to sell refreshments, and there is a fun vibe that everyone enjoys. The Plaza is a historic landmark that has been painstakingly restored and features lovely architecture. There is also a great restaurant located in the museum off the Plaza.
Terry Bison Ranch
Anyone who is new to the Cheyenne area and is curious about Western life will enjoy a visit to the Terry Bison Ranch. Visitors can take a train tour of the ranch to see the bison herds or take an ATV tour. To really appreciate the Western landscape, you can saddle up and go horseback riding down the trails and then take the kids to the Kid Corral area which features rides and games. Terry Bison Ranch is also home to the Senator's Steakhouse, which has the Best Burger in Wyoming on their menu. If you're looking for a weekend trip not too far from your new home, there are campgrounds, an RV park, and cabins to rent onsite!
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Since 1977, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens have provided a lovely, serene place for visitors to appreciate the diverse plant varieties and landscapes. Primarily grown by volunteers, the gardens provide wonderful and edifying opportunities for elderly people, disabled people, and at-risk youth to take part in volunteering and growing. There are 27 different gardens to explore, including a cottage garden, cactus garden, rose garden, and xeriscape. There is even a sensory garden that also features a gazebo. Families will enjoy the Paul Smith Children's Village, which features interactive displays, a world vegetable garden, a "secret" garden, and learning experiences about sustainability. The grounds are always open from dawn until dusk, and there is no admission required for strolling the grounds. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens provide an excellent opportunity to appreciate nature and enjoy some scenery.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
For people new to the Cheyenne area, the best way to really get a feel for the area and have fun at the same time is to experience Cheyenne Frontier Days. It's a yearly fair that has been an annual tradition since 1897, and it serves to celebrate the Old West. Centered around the world's largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days also features parades, a chuck wagon cook-off, a carnival, and an air show. A frontier town is constructed that features a saloon and other Old-West-themed buildings. The event is a crowning point of Cheyenne's summer, and it's typically held during the last full week of July.
Big Country Speedway
If you are relocating to Cheyenne, and you enjoy racing, you're in luck! The Big Country Speedway is the only paved race track in Wyoming, and it's located in Cheyenne. The Big Country Speedway is home to a wide variety of racing events. The one-fifth mile oval track features all kinds of cars including Super Stock, Late Model, Warrior, Super Lite Truck racing, and more. There is always something happening from May through September at the Big Country Speedway. Many races are tied in with themed events such as Kids' Night and Cheyenne Animal Shelter Night. It truly is a great experience for the whole family.
Morris House Bistro
Featuring Lowcountry cuisine (stemming from South Carolina and Georgia), the Morris House Bistro has amazing food served in a great atmosphere. With similarities to Southern and Cajun cuisines, the Lowcountry flavors you will enjoy at Morris House Bistro are both sophisticated and soulful, though diners will still feel the local tastes of Wyoming come through too. Housed in a historic bungalow that has been recognized by the Cheyenne Historical Preservation Board, the Morris House Bistro is an excellent option for new residents of Cheyenne who are looking to enjoy an excellent meal in a great location. It's open for dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and it is recommended that you make a reservation at this sought-after establishment. (Photo Credit: http://morrishousebistro.com/)
Bunkhouse Bar & Grill
Featuring the "Best Food in the West," the Bunkhouse Bar and Grill serves quintessential Western food. Folks new to Cheyenne will definitely have to visit this rustic saloon and steakhouse. You'll see a lot of beef on the menu, but chicken and seafood dishes are also available. Most of the meals are geared toward comfort food and Western American classics like country-fried steak, Salisbury steak, and prime rib, but there's also an award-winning Beef Wellington on the menu. It's open seven days a week, and you won't need to make a reservation. With live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, it's a very casual, down-home place that has a fun atmosphere and tasty food.
It can be difficult and scary when you are relocating to a new city. However, Cheyenne, Wyoming has so much to offer new residents. Whether you are looking for good food, entertainment, culture, or beauty, there is something for everyone in this pleasant western city. Once you move to the area and get settled, having places to visit makes your new city seem less daunting and helps get you acclimated to the community more easily. So, when you're officially moved, grab this list of things to do and places to go, and let your new adventures begin!