Two Cheyenne attractions – the Wyoming State Museum and Cheyenne Botanic Gardens -- have been given additional recognition in the 2004 edition of the Wyoming Tourbook from AAA (American Automobile Association). The AAA Tourbook is one of the most widely-used travel resources in the United States.


The Wyoming State Museum is now honored with a AAA Gem rating – given to those attractions of “exceptional interest and quality.” AAA representatives inspected the museum last summer and upgraded its ranking to the superior Gem rating. The Wyoming State Museum joins the Nelson Museum of the West and Frontier Days Old West Museum as AAA’s Gem attractions in Cheyenne.

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is now listed in the Tourbook for the first time. The Gardens become the tenth Cheyenne attraction featured, joining the Downtown Walking Tour, Old West Museum, Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley, Historic Governor’s Mansion, Nelson Museum of the West, State Capitol, Terry Bison Ranch, WY Game and Fish Wildlife Visitor Center, and State Museum.

“Having additional attractions in this popular travel guide is quite positive for our marketing efforts of the Cheyenne area,” said Darren Rudloff, Director of the Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “In particular, we are quite pleased that Cheyenne is home to three AAA Gem attractions when the entire state has only fourteen such attractions.

AAA representatives thoroughly inspect attractions before they are listed in the Tourbook. The Cheyenne Area CVB and area attractions work together to request these inspections to ensure that Cheyenne’s attractions are both recognized and promoted by AAA.