2. Ghost Hunting: In a city with a history that goes back nearly 150 years, there are bound to be a few stories about the residents who conquered The Wild West, but haven't quite left yet. Cheyenne offers a number of "haunted" spots for supernatural enthusiasts to take part in a ghost hunt. From the Historic Plains Hotel to Warren Air Force Base, and even in The Wrangler, there have been reports of apparitions and supernatural activity all around town.
3. Scenic Hikes and Outdoor Spaces: Situated at the edge of the plains, Cheyenne is a breathtaking location with rolling hills and stunning rock formations all around it - Vedauwoo Recreation Area and Curt Gowdy State Park offer extensive areas for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and much more. Within the city, there are notable outdoor spaces with gardens, lakes and scenic trails, such as Lions Park and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
4. Eat Like a Cowboy: Whether travelers are looking for "High Western Style" cuisine, or they want to eat right off a chuckwagon, there is an authentic and unique dining experience available for them in Cheyenne. At The Capitol Grill in The Historic Plains Hotel or the Nagel Warren Mansion, guests will get a sense of the elegance from the cattle baron era. For a different taste of The West, head to Terry Bison Ranch or Bit-O-Wyo for cowboy style, chuckwagon dinners.
5. History Hopping: Cheyenne offers a number of museums and attractions that allow travelers to explore the history of The West. The Depot Museum, Wyoming State Capitol & State Museum, and Big Boy Steam Engine are all in walking distance of each other in and around Downtown Cheyenne. The Cheyenne Street Trolley gives guests a fully narrated historic tour of the area as well.
6. The True Western Experience: At Cheyenne's essence, there is a strong sense of Western culture and pride, and travelers have the opportunity to take part in the unique activities that the destination affords. Rodeos, such as Double Bar G Bucking Bulls & Rodeo and Cheyenne Frontier Days, as well as honeytonks, such as The Outlaw Saloon, are common place in Cheyenne. The destination also offers the opportunity for up-close encounters with a herd of bison at Terry Bison Ranch. Hands-on hat and boot making demonstrations are available at The Wrangler in Downtown Cheyenne, as well as a Wild West showdown with the Cheyenne Gunslingers.
7. "Spirits" of The West: Cheyenne offers beer enthusiasts a selection of local beers, brewed in some of the most historic spots in town. First, in the heart of Downtown Cheyenne in a former saloon and brothel, the Tivoli Tap House, is now home to Freedom's Edge Brewing Co. where they brew a variety of seasonal beers that are always changing. This summer, Freedom's Edge will take over Downtown for its first annual Beer Festival. Additionally, there is Shadows Pub, which occupies the East wing of the historic Cheyenne (Union Pacific) Depot and has a variety of locally themed brews.
8. Multi-Generational Family Getaway: There are plenty of ways for all members of the family to enjoy Cheyenne, from the kids to the grandparents. The city features parks that are perfect for biking, hiking, boating and other outdoor activities. Additionally, the city offers some really interesting ways for kids to learn about the history of Cheyenne and Wyoming. The Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley features a fully-narrated historic tour of Cheyenne. To learn even more about the city's history, children of all ages will enjoy taking a scavenger hunt to find all the Cheyenne Big Boots. Each of these eight-feet-tall cowboy boots have been colorfully painted by local artists to show the history of Cheyenne and Wyoming. In addition to these attractions, "Wyoming Adventure" Miniature Golf is not just fun but educational. The 18-hole course is complete with replicas of Wyoming natural wonders, such as Devils Tower, Old Faithful and dinosaur digs. Other activities include the University of Wyoming Archeological Dig Site in nearby Pine Bluffs, and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, located in Lions Park.
9. Guys' Getaway: Cheyenne is an ideal destination for a "guys' trip" with plenty of activities available for the boys to take part in. Guys can start the day rock climbing in Vedauwoo Recreation Area, and then head back into town for beer tastings at one of the area's local breweries. They can then top off the day with a Wyoming steak at Little Bear Inn and some excitement at the Double Bar G Bucking Bulls & Rodeo. If the group wants to go out on the town at night, Cheyenne also has a bustling nightlife with plenty of options for bars and honeytonks.
10. Wildlife Viewing: There are few places where travelers can come face to face with a full-grown bison, but Cheyenne affords wide open spaces for an up-close encounter. Terry Bison Ranch consists of nearly 30,000 acres of open grassland where 2,300 bison graze. Daily train rides out to the plains allow guests to have a unique viewing experience of these majestic creatures of The West. For other wildlife viewing, visitors should head west for hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park, where they are likely to see deer, foxes, beavers, and a wide variety of different species of birds.
11. America's "Railroad Capital": The popularity of train travel by train has seen a recent resurgence, and trains have a legitimate claim in Cheyenne that has made it America's "Railroad Capital." At its heart, Cheyenne is a railroad town. Its first residents were men who moved west to work on the transcontinental railroad. Train enthusiasts will find themselves in train heaven in Cheyenne, as its various rail attractions are really quite impressive. The Cheyenne Depot and the Big Boy Steam Engine are just two of the attractions in the area for train enthusiasts.
12. Cowgirl Getaways: Cheyenne affords the opportunity for a ladies' trip in "High Western Style." Tea Time at Nagel Warren Mansion is fit for a railroad baroness, and the shopping in Downtown Cheyenne offers a variety of Western clothing and goods for the home. Additionally, there are numerous art galleries and cultural activities, as well as spas for total relaxation. Ladies can enjoy seasonal dining, as well as inventive cocktails options at Suite 1901 or Morris House Bistro. When visiting Cheyenne, one of the most luxurious places to stay is the Little America Hotel & Resort, which features stellar dining options and lush amenities.