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Around Our Town...Great Getaways

AmericInn, Bubba's Bar-B-Que, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Old Trail Town, Cody Nite Rodeo

08/01/2005 - An easy four-hour drive from Casper, Cody, Wyoming makes for a great family getaway. Not only does the charming western town offer close proximity (via a beautiful drive) to Yellowstone, but Cody also provides much in the way of family entertainment.

Dubbed the "Smithsonian of the West," the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center represent the voice of the American West. In the Draper museum of Natural History, one might encounter wolves in Yellowstone or a beaver lodge and pond. Enjoy a wild west show as well as Buffalo Bill's boyhood home in the Buffalo Bill museum. The Plains Indian Museum showcases a year of life on the plains, an earth lodge, an early 1900s Reservation house, and a powwow regalia and video. Art appreciators will enjoy Custer's Last Stand painted by Edgar S. Paxson, Last of the Buffalo by Albert Bierstadt as well as, Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington paintings and sculptures and much more. Rifles and pistols of the American West are among the more than 5,000 firearms housed in the Cody Firearms Museum. Visitors are also treated to an impressive collection of trophy game animals. Whether you spend an hour or an entire day, don't miss this one it's well worth the trip. Find them at 720 Sheridan Ave. in Cody, phone:307-587-4771, www.bbhc.org.

Another great place to visit is Old Trail Town, the original site of Cody, Wyoming as laid out by William Cody, (Buffalo Bill) and named in his honor. Old Trail Town has an impressive array of artifacts and structures from the west, disassembled and carefully relocated to Trail Town by western historian, Bob Edgar. There are original cabins used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a Wyoming saloon often visited by the Hole-in the-Wall Gang. There is the cabin home of Curley, a Crow Indian army scout, who helped guide the U.S. 7th Cavalry and Lt. Col. George Custer himself to the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, and a Museum of the Old West, with artifacts such as a horse-drawn hearse from the late 1800s, Native American costumes, beadwork and some prehistoric stone tools.

Old Trail Town also has six historic grave sites, including John Johnson, main character of the 1972 movie, Jeremiah Johnson, starring Robert Redford. Standing in the middle of the dirt road, surrounded by such an important part of

Wyoming's history sparks the imagination. It is an enjoyable way for children to learn and a fascinating memorial to those wonderful days. Old Trail Town is located at 1831 DeMaris Dr. in Cody. Phone them at:307-587-5302, or look on the internet at www.museumoftheoldwest.org.

For the more adventurous members of the family, good news! Cody, Wyoming is the "Rodeo Capital of the World"! Cody Nite Rodeo hosts a rodeo every night from June first through August thirty-first! You'll see bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, steer riding, calf scramble, team roping, break-away roping, barrel racing, and, of course bull riding! But that's not all! Special events for the kids are always a big hit, and there are plenty. Kids can take a spin on a real clown barrel and have their faces painted by a real rodeo clown. There are photo ops on a live bull, a famous trick rope demonstration by Kowboy Kal, a maze, Meet the Bullfighters, a miniature pony to pet and the "Roller Roper"! A good opportunity for the active ones to vent their energy. The Rodeo grounds are located on Yellowstone Hwy. in Cody. Telephone them at 1-800-207-0744 or look online at http://www.codystampederoeo.com/events_codyniterodeo.html.

To feed the crew, head to Bubba's Bar-b-Que, where you can't go wrong! For breakfast try Bubba's famous Big Biscuits and Gravy or, perhaps, a Mexican Scramble or a fresh-made Breakfast Burrito. Maybe one of the several omelettes available served over hashbrowns or grits is more your style. Pancakes, french toast, fruit and cereal round out the breakfast options.

For lunch or dinner, a variety of scrumptuous BBQ choices are available along with juicy steaks and seafood options. Chili, a great salad bar and a variety of sandwiches are also available. You can't beat the Baby Back Ribs or the beef plate. Choose the Bubba's Famous Beans for one of your sides. You won't regret it. The cole slaw was very fresh and really good.

Everything our family of six tasted was not only good, but truly outstanding! The quality and preparation were outstanding! The quality and preparation were excellent, right down to their signature homemade pies (made fresh daily). We recommend the buttermilk and chocolate buttermilk yum! The relaxing, rustic atmosphere made the already delicious meal even more enjoyable! Bubba's is located at 512 Yellowstone Ave. in Cody. Phone them at 307-587-RIBS

When you've spent the day sightseeing and you're ready to settle "Inn" the place to go is the Americinn Lodge and Suites. Located on the west side of of Cody midway between the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the Cody Nite Rodeo, this beautiful lodge is both comfortable and convenient. A variety of room types are available, including one and two-room suites with whirlpools and fireplaces (microwave and refrigerator in every room). Families will enjoy a dip in the indoor pool. A workout room is waiting for those who never take a vacation from exercise finish with a soak in the hot tub or a sauna.

Charming, rustic and immaculately clean, this place provides a delightful haven for weary travelers. Start your day each morning with their free "Inn-hanced" continental breakfast, including waffles, bagels, donuts, english muffins, cereals, coffee, a variety of teas, juices and milk. Many extra amenities contribute to the pampered feeling Americinn guests enjoy. You can reach them at 1-800-634-3444 or www.americinn.com.

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