Cheyenne is the state capital and home to the "Daddy of 'em All" rodeo -- Cheyenne Frontier Days. Cheyenne Frontier Days the world's largest outdoor rodeo and is accompanied by concerts, parades and so much more. Every July you can get in on the action.
Things to see in Cheyenne
Historic Governor's Mansion
This colonial revival mansion was home to Wyoming's governors from 1905 to 1976. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Sept. 1 to May 31. Open daily in the summer. Free. 300 E. 21st St. 307-777-7878, wyospcr.state.wy.us.
Cheyenne Depot Museum
This museum is also a National Historic Landmark. It's filled with information about the history of the railroad and how it built Cheyenne. Open daily. $. 1 Depot Square, 121 W. 15th St. 307-632-3905, www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org.
Nelson Museum of the West
American Indian artifacts, cowboy trappings and outlaw memorabilia are among the finds in this museum. It also houses a collection of wildlife trophies from around the world. Open weekdays in May, September and October. Open Mondays through Saturdays June through August. Tours can be arranged at other times. $. 1714 Carey Ave. 307-635-7670, www.nelsonmuseum.com.
Cheyenne Artists' Guild
Wyoming's oldest, continuously operating artists' organization has an art gallery and store. Open Tuesdays through Fridays. 1701 Morrie Ave. 307-632-2263, cheyenneartistsguild.blogspot.com.
Wyoming State Museum
See artifacts and collections showcasing Wyoming's history. Open Mondays through Saturdays. Free. Inside the Barrett Building near the State Capitol, 2301 Central Ave. 307-777-7022, wyomuseum.org.
Wyoming Game and Fish Visitors Center
Wildlife exhibits featuring big game animals and nongame species. Open weekdays. Free. 5400 Bishop St. 307-777-4600.
Wyoming Arts Council Gallery
See Wyoming's Governors' Capitol Art Collection on display this summer. Open weekdays. Free. 2320 Capitol Ave. 307-777-7742, wyoarts.state.wy.us
Cowgirls of the West Museum
The museum is dedicated to preserving Western culture and honoring the spirit of the women who made contributions to the West. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays May through September, with extended hours during Frontier Days. Free. 205 W. 17th St. 307-638-4994, www.cowgirlsofthewestmuseum.com.
Big Boy Steam Engine
The world's largest steam locomotive sits in Holliday Park at 17th and Morrie Ave. It was retired from active duty in 1956. Cheyenne is also home to the oldest locomotive in the state. 307-637-6423, www.steamlocomotive.com/bigboy. Engine 1242 sits in Lions Park at Carey Ave. and Lions Park Dr. It was built in 1890 and ran the Walcott-Saratoga-Encampment branch line from 1921 until 1954. 307-637-6429.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
This museum has the largest collection of historic horse-drawn carriages and wagon's in the nation. It also has a large collection of Western art and a history on Cheyenne Frontier Days. Open daily with extended hours during Cheyenne Frontier Days. $, free for kids ages 12 and under. 4610 N. Carey Ave. 307-778-7290, www.oldwestmuseum.org.
Things to do in Cheyenne
- Tour the Wyoming State Capitol at 200 W. 24th St. Take a self-guided tour Mondays through Fridays. Guided tours are also offered; reservations are recommended. Free. 307-777-7220, www.state.wy.us.
- Scout around for the many giant cowboy boots that adorn the city. Each 8-foot-tall cowboy boot was painted by a local artist. Pick up a map at in the visitors' center at the depot or dial 307-316-0067 for an audio tour at your leisure. www.cheyennedepotmuseumfoundation.org/bigboot.html.
- Catch a performance of the Cheyenne Gunslingers in the old town square at West 15th St. and Pioneer Ave. They perform throughout the summer, with additional shows during Cheyenne Frontier Days. 307-778-3133, 800-426-5009.
- See the world's largest supercomputer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The visitors' center is open Mondays through Saturdays. Closed holidays. Free. 307-996-4321, nwsc.ucar.edu.
- Stop by the new state-of-the-art tourism center. It's a destination all to itself. Located at Exit 4 on I-25, it houses many exhibits, such as a woolly mammoth skeleton.
- Visit the Botanic Gardens. Located at 710 S. Lions Park Drive, this greenhouse conservatory is open Mondays through Saturdays. Closed most holidays. The grounds are open dawn to dusk daily. Free. 307-637-6458, www.botanic.org.
- Ride the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley. You'll hear the enchanting history of the city. Tours are offered daily from May through September. $. 121 W. 15th St. 307-778-3133, 800-426-5009.
- Have high tea every Friday and Saturday year-round at the Nagle Warren Mansion. Holiday teas are served Fridays and Saturdays from Thanksgiving through the first weekend in January, except Christmas Day. 222 E. 17th St. 800-811-2610, www.naglewarrenmansion.com.
- Walk, bike or skate along the Cheyenne Greenway. It stretches 15 miles. Call 307-637-6429 for maps and information.
- Relax during a performance of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. The season runs from September through May. 307-778-8561, www.cheyennesymphony.org.