"My Home- Cody, Wyoming" Top 5 Page for this destination Cody by KimberlyAnn
Cody Travel Guide: 113 reviews and 311 photos
I am so proud of my hometown. We travel a lot with our camper and when we come home, I always feel that this town is equal to the best, and better than most. We have so much to offer tourists! The best time of the year to visit is spring, summer, and fall. Be aware that summer is when we are most crowded with tourists, but some things we have to offer such as the nightly rodeo are only open during prime tourist season. If you choose the less crowded times of spring and fall, check with Yellowstone if you plan to visit the park to see what the plowing (spring) and fall closure dates are. You cannot drive into the park from our gate (East Gate-50 miles up a beautiful valley) in the wintertime. Cody is also a nice place to live. We are a town of about 9,520 people, and Cody is the county seat of Park County, which contains about 28,205 people. We are about 106 miles south of Billings, Montana. Cody, Wyoming lies at an altitude of 5,095', has an annual average temperature of 46 degrees F, and about 300 days of sunshine a year. We have no state or local personal income tax, no state or local corporate income tax, no state or local inventory tax, and our sales and property taxes are some of the lowest in the country. If you enjoy wide open spaces, and wish to get away from the crowds, then Wyoming is the state for you. We have an average of five people per square mile, with a population of barely 500,000 people in the entire state.
If you have a day to spend in Cody and see nothing else, be sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (formally known before 2013 as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center). This is a large museum that cover 7 acres, and houses five museums. In 2008 the BBCW partnered with the Smithsonium Museum in Washington D.C. Under this partnership the BBCW and the Smithsonian can share artifacts and artworks. On Tuesday, October 7, 2008, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West was presented with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a White House ceremony. This is the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. In January, 2012, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West was listed as one of America’s “favorite museums for group travelers” by the National Tour Association, tying for third place. First place went to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, second place went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West tied with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for third place. The BBCW is a premiere museum, and even if you are only a little interested in museums, this is a don't miss. You may even be lucky enough to arrive during one of its special events such as the annual Indian Powwow that is generally scheduled for the third weekend in June, the annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout generally around mid August, the Cowboy Musicians, Twilight Talks, or special exhibits.
While visiting the museum, try not to miss out on seeing our live raptor/vulture program! I may even be present, as I am a bird handler for the program, one of my favorite things in life! In 2011, this educational and fun program, the Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience was begun. The program features live birds of prey, plus a turkey vulture. If you visit the museum, be sure to look for us, as we not only offer a daily summer program, but can also be seen with the birds in the garden during scheduled times, or within the museum itself. Ask us questions, and attend our program. This is one of the highlights that you will long remember. If you wish to find out more about this program visit my travelogue, The Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience. You may also enjoy my short video, Isham the Red-tailed Hawk’s Photo Shoot, which includes the hawk, and Melissa Hill, the assistant curator in charge of our Greater Yellowstone Rapter Experience educational program; my slide show, Meet the Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience’s First 4-birds.; or short video, The BBHC’s Great Horned Owl’s Flight Lesson.
Cody has a lot of shops dealing in Indian and Western items. These are a few of the Indian items I have purchased in Cody.
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- Pros:A small western tourist town that feels and is more real than touristy; with low crime, friendly people; and a beautiful, clean environment.
- Cons:This is fine with me, however a tourist needs to know that the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park is closed to wheeled traffic in the winter.
- In a nutshell:Cody is a small town snuggled up against the mountains, with lots to do and see. The locals are friendly and helpful and will try to make your stay an enjoyable one.
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