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Old 06-17-2015, 11:43 AM   #1
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Cody, WY advice

We'll be in Cody this summer and are looking for some things we should not miss beyond Yellowstone and the scenic drives. Best places to eat, best things to do in town as well as the nearby area - except hiking. All suggestions appreciated.

Same question for Coeur d'Alene, ID

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Buffalo Bill Cody Museum is a must, so is the drive over the Bear Tooth mountains to Red Lodge Mt [toad only of course].....Driving up the Wind River canyon on the way to Cody from the southeast is nice, so is the stop at Thermopolis, Wy on the way.....Downtown Cody is small [ish] so what you see, is what you will get.....
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X2 on Bill Cody Museum. We're not much on museums, but this one was worth the time and effort. It's a very long day or you can break it into 2 days. Just ask them when buying the tickets.

Also, if you're into rodeos they have one each night outside of town. Beartooth Hwy is a great drive in the toad.
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Eat at Irma's and drive the Beartooth Hwy!
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:05 PM   #5
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As several have already said, the Beartooth Highway (212) is one of the most scenic drives in the country. Another very scenic drive is Chief Joseph Highway (296). You can do them both together.

From Cody, head north on hwy. 120. Turn left on hwy. 296. Don't miss stopping in the parking area just south of the Sunlight Creek bridge, a little north of Dead Indian C.G. The view is well worth it.

Turn right on hwy. 212, and have (a late) lunch in Red Lodge. Then backtrack on hwy. 212. Either coming or going, stop off for the view and very short trail at rhe Rock Creek Overlook.

You can either head south again on hwy 296, or continue into Yellowstone through Cooke City and Silver Gate. If the latter. the Cooke City Cafe has excellent food at very reasonable prices. They have a list of domestic and imported craft beers that runs several pages.

Within Yellowstone, the Virginia Cascade Loop and the Fire Hole River loop are both worth doing. Bring bathing suits. The swimming area near the end of the Fire Holle River loop is bath tub warm.

If you can spare the time. Sunlight Falls is a most beautiful and unusual sight. For about 100 yds., streams of water are pouting out of a rock cliff. To get there, head west for about 3 miles on Sunlight Rd. (well maintained gravel), almost directly across from the Sunlight Creek Bridge parking area. At the end of a fence, turn right on F.R. 101B. It is a two track, and easy to miss, but it is marked. Follow it till it ends, and then follow your ears. If you get to White Mountain (you'll know it if you see it) on your right, you've gone a little too far and missed 101B.

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I forgot to mention, that if you enjoy good theater, you may be able to catch a performance of either The Taming of the Shrew or Cyrano de Bergerac by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. They will be performing in Cody, West Yellowstone, Gardiner, Cooke City, Red Lodge, and several other towns in the area. I have seen some of their plays in past years, and they are very good.

You can get a schedule at Schedule - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

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X2 for the Cody-o.
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Wild horses tour

We did the tour to see the wild horses while in Cody last year. Well worth the time.
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Cody: on your way into or out of the area try to visit the Little Bighorn battlefield. It's a lot more than just Custer.

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While you are in Cody go downtown to the ice cream shoppe and try Huckleberry ice cream it is wonderful.
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All of what everyone else said but also take a drive on South Fork. We saw a huge herd of elk there. There is a museum in Powell at a Japanese internment camp that is worth a visit. And take the Trolley Tour. A bit of fact mixed in with a lot of folk lore, but really fun. Don't miss out on the nightly gunfight at the Irma Hotel. One summer when we were working in Cody there was an actual shooting a few blocks from the Irma right around the time of the gunfight and when the police were called they told the the people calling that they were just hearing the noise from the Irma. Took some convincing to get them to come investigate. Turned out to be a jealous husband, as I recall. No one was injured.
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I second all of what everyone said. The internment camp is very interesting and not advertised much as a place to visit. The first time we were there I discovered we didn't allow enough time to see everything Cody has to offer so we had to return the following year and spent 5 or 6 days exploring the area. We also had dinner at the Irma hotel and the food was very good as I recall.
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