Cheyenne Tourist Attractions
The capital of the state of Wyoming, named after the Cheyenne Indians, was founded in 1867 as a station on the Union Pacific Railroad, and two years later became the chief town in the territory of Wyoming. The town was the largest outpost of the United States Cavalry. The town's principal sights are the prominently situated State Capitol, the Wyoming State Museum and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot, a notable example of industrial architecture built in 1886. North-east of the Depot is a Big Boy locomotive, one of the largest steam engines ever built.
Frontier Days Old West Museum
In the north of the town, in Frontier Park (adjoining the rodeo arena), is the interesting Frontier Days Old West Museum, with much information about rodeos and a number of the old coaches and wagons in which the first settlers came to the Wild West.In the Frontier Days festival, held annually in the last week in July, the Wild West comes to life again. Hundreds of thousands of spectators come to watch spectacular rodeos, cowboy shows, chuckwagon races, parades and a mock battle between Sioux Indians and the United States Cavalry.
Address: Box 2720, Cheyenne, WY 82003-2720, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.00, Child 12 & under FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Cheyenne Botanic Garden
The Cheyenne Botanic Garden is a wonderful oasis of greenery. A wide variety of plants are on display ranging from local to the exotic. During the traditional growing season, there is always something in bloom and ready to be photographed. The Cheyenne Botanic Garden hosts frequent musical and cultural events, check to see what is planned during your visit.
Cheyenne State Capitol
The Cheyenne State Capitol building is typical of most US capitol buildings but not disappointing. A large building with a domed top and lawns with statues greets the visitor. The processes of state government take place inside and tours of the building are available. The building was constructed between 1886 and 1890 and is a National Historic Landmark.
F.E. Warren Air Force Base
On the western outskirts of the town (west of Frontier Park) is the extensive area occupied by the F.E. Warren Air Force Base. The site was originally occupied by a 19th c. fort. During the Second World War it was a prisoner of war camp. Since 1958 it has been an intercontinental ballistic missile base. There is an informative Air Base Museum.
Wyoming State Museum
The Wyoming State Museum has a diverse collection ranging from fossils to weapons. The permanent exhibits include Wyoming's Story, The Wild Bunch, Swamped with Coal, Rex in Pieces, Barber Gallery, and Drawn to this Land. Also of interest is the interactive exhibit called the Hands on History Room. The Wyoming State Museum is located in Cheyenne.
Wyoming Transportation Museum
The Wyoming Transportation Museum, also called the Cheyenne Depot Museum, is housed in a beautifully restored railway station. Fascinating displays on the history and importance of the railroads in the development of America are featured. The building is listed on the National Historic Register. The museum hosts frequent events and activities, check the website to see what's coming up.
Historic Governors' Mansion
The Historical Governors' Mansion in Cheyenne is a sight to behold. Built in 1904, the handsome structure was quite revolutionary at the time. The mansion was in use up until 1977 when it was opened to the public as a museum. The mansion underwent a massive renovation in 2005 and has been restored to its former glory.
Nelson Museum of the West
The Nelson Museum of the West is housed in an 18,000 square foot facility in Cheyenne, WY. The museum has 20 permanent exhibits and is dedicated to the preservation of Cowboy and Native American Indian artifacts. The collection at the The Nelson Museum of the West numbers to over 3,700 items.
Terry Bison Ranch
For a glimpse of the animal that once roamed the plains of America in the millions, be sure to stop in at the Terry Bison Ranch near Cheyenne. Here you will find over 2,500 head of bison along with a variety of other native animals. The ranch is large at 30,000 acres and expands over two states.