Cheyenne Municpal City Halladdress: 2101 O Neil AveA good place to start, with itineraries, city ordinances, and civic center next door.
Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commercephone: +1 307 433-9730address: 1601 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001Here you can obtain guides, itineraries, and audio walking tours. Through these audio tours, one can learn all about Downtown Cheyenne. The chamber allows for past, present, and future to meet in one place.
Boots of CheyenneSpread over the area, there are 7 larger-than-life boots with art on them. Pick up a pamphlet or your from the state museum. The pamphlet will give you tourism info, and if you have an audio device, the boots will reveal Cheyenne to you. Can you find them all? (Hint: The first one is on the property.)
HistoryThe original town plot was laid in 1866 when General Dodge of the Union Pacific railroad had built a tent town overnight for the workers. This was the start of Cheyenne. Something noticeably different about the grid is that an area from 15th to Pershing is tilted 45 degrees so north is really north-west, and even stranger is that 1st street is not in downtown, but south of it. When the railroad was placed, many towns, including Fresno, and Denver, was parallel to the tracks, which didn't always run east-west. As for the streets, Cheyenne started downtown, but rapidly expanded before street names were assigned, thus Cheyenne's borders were already at where I-80 (and 1st street) is today.
Later on, notable buildings were put up, such as the Cheyenne Depot Plaza, the Hynds Building and Nagle Warren Mansion. Cheyenne, particularly downtown, became the wealthiest city in the world per capita, and these brick and mortar mansions prove this wealth, as did the Intercontiental hoitel (which burned down in 20th century). Cheyenne was not only wealthy, but the fastest growing American city of the 19th century. It earned the nickname "magic city of the plains". Soon, when Wyoming became a state in 1890, the golden capitol was built. It remains the tallest building in the city.
Growth had slowed to a near halt in the 1900s as Denver became the seat of the region. While downtown did okay by expanding into other parts of Cheyenne (namely Lakeside and Capital North), things remained stagnant. However, various oil booms proved prosperous over the decades. By the 1970s though, the economies of Downtown and of the city had diversified, and the district became the tourism center of Southeast Wyoming. This helped avoid the problems Casper and Gillette was facing at the time, and Casper relented the title of largest city in Wyoming to Cheyenne.
The city and its downtown were prosperous by the late 20th century. Many businesses had developed, the streets had been revitilized, and there was an overall positivity about the future. The California Zephyr train began running through the depot, resulting in growth. And the Wyoming Financial Center (134 ft tall) became the tallest office building of the state in 1990. The California Zephyr moved away in 1982, as did the Pioneer in 1997. However, hope for growth never stopped.
In the 21st century, Downtown Cheyenne is quickly reemerging as the city's cultural and shopping center. Several worn-down buildings have been revitalized or replaced, there are frequent events in Depot Plaza, and new stores have been popping up, such as the Metropolita. Grill, and a grocery store. Even though the spirit of the 1860s or the 1980s may be gone, a new one is coming up that is opening up the Downtown area to become alive and well.
ArchitectureVariety is the best word to describe buildings here. William Dubois orchestrated much of the development of the town, however everyone has had their hand in turning the place into the mosaic that Cheyenne can be proud of.
From very early on, Cheyenne has 2 high-rises that refuses to conform, rather stand out as a beacon for the city.
Cheyenne Depot Toweraddress: 121 W 15th St #300tall, The Cheyenne Depot was one of the first to be built, after the railroad came through. The iconic clock tower is nearly hypnotic for some and attracts many, even at night. The pinnacle is something that sticks around the back of people's minds because of the original shape, made out of masonry. See listing in Do section
Wyoming State Capitol. The Capitol is truly a star of the skyline, and has been around since statehood. It eas built in 1891, and has continually served the government and citizens. Designed like the national capitol, the building has received attention from all over the world. Because of that, projects to keep the building in shape, even in 2019, are always being created. Yet in the 19th century, the Capitol was just the original structure. Then extensions were completed in the 20th century for the complete structure, which is the tallest in Wyoming. (Though this has been disputed with White Hall in Laramie, which is said to be either 146 ft tall (shorter than the capitol), or 200 ft tall (taller), and is still disputed.) As of May 2019, the Capitol is under renovation as part of the Capitol Square restoration.For Cheyenne's size, the skyline falls in the middle of its peers. Grand Junction has smaller buildings, while Charleston, West Virginia has taller buildings on average. Most towers over tend to be on the west side on either Capitol Ave or Carey Ave.
Wyoming Financial Centetaddress: 2020 Carey AveThe tallest office building in Cheyenne, unusual vertical flow design.
Federal Centeraddress: 2120 Capital AveLarge narrow design with an antenna that can be seen from the suburbs. Humbly though, it is home to a post office.
Atlas Theatreaddress: 211 West LincolnwayWhilst not overly big, it is famous for the plays there, as well as possibly being haunted.
Nagle Warren Mansion and B&BOnce the symbol of early wealth, and the Victorian era, the mansion is riddled in mystery. Today, the building, and three Victorian era houses still stand, and leaves one to ponder.
•The old saying "If you don't like the weather in Wyoming just wait 15 minutes " is true, particularly in Spring (see "Climate" on the left), where weather is unpredictable. Just in May 2019, a rainy day was followed by a tornado, then snow. I. 1985, a blizzard followed a flood and some hot conditions.
•Urban Heat Island Effect: At Nightline in major cities, the day's heat is retained more than the suburbs. Cheyenne isn't as affected, however the summer nights may be warmer than expected, and can leave the unsuspecting traveler sweating in a coat.
In summer, you can expect warm to hot temperatures (usually around ), however the rest is chaotic. Dry treacherous days are mixed with severe storms and heavy rains.
For Winter, it's cold, but not always snowy. The fact is, the snowiest month is in Spring. Then there is the in between seasons. Autumn is cool, crisp, but generally peaceful. Spring however. is a mixture of everything. If you wanted all four seasons in one week, consider visiting between March and May. However, be wary of spring storms that can leave you stuck in town for a day. One day is sunny, the next it's snowing, the next there is a tornado.
Typically though, temperatures are jacket weather, usually above , even in winter.
By carCheyenne is at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 25 in southeastern Wyoming, about 40 miles west of the Nebraska border, 180 miles south of Casper, 50 miles east of Laramie, and 8 miles north of the Colorado border.
Cheyenne is 90 miles directly north of Denver. The trip takes approximately 1½ hours, depending on Denver traffic. Cheyenne generally has no traffic problems, although spots like Dell Range Blvd. and Central Ave. can have minimal jams.
Cheyenne Regional Airport/Jerry Olsen FieldBeginning June of 2020, there will be two commercial flights into Dallas: one at 6:15am (Sun-Fri) or 10:50am (Saturdays), and one at 1:25pm (Daily). Until then, such flights are reduced to one at 10:50am (Saturday) or 1:25pm (Sun-Fri). For the adventurous, small 15-seat prop planes fly from Denver International Airport. The flight is not recommended for those with weak stomachs or those who hate roller coaster rides. However, if you would like both an aisle and a window seat you are in luck. Great Lakes Airlines operates the 40 minute flights (about 20 minutes of flying time) and code shares with Frontier and United.
#Great Lakes Airlines operates flights to Denver and code shares with Frontier and United.
Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest major airport to Cheyenne, for those that want to go international. Rental cars are available at the airport, which is from Cheyenne, via E-470.
Alternatively, Allegiant Air serves Fort Collins (FNL) (about 47 miles south of Cheyenne and 61 miles north of Denver) from Las Vegas.
- The Denver Shuttle arrives once a day to pick up passengers between Denver, Cheyenne, and Scottsbluff. Bus Stop: McDonalds College Drive.
- Greyhound parks in front of Rodeway Inn/Exxon Mobil. Known to Cheyenne-ites as Black Hills Stage Lines.
Cheyenne has a relatively simple street grid, and on-street parking in the city is a breeze due to the lack of paid parking meters. However, time-limited parking exists on many downtown streets and roads, even the medical center. You should always know how long you will stay within a place before you park, or you could pay an unexpected $15 fine.
Rush hour runs from about 4:30PM to 6:30PM, Monday through Friday.
The Cheyenne Transit Program comprises six bus lines each serving their own region of the city. Accessible "Curb to Curb" buses are also available for the mobility-impaired — the wheelchair entrance is found in the rear.
Mostly used by tourists, these buses make a loop of the various downtown landmarks, stopping for about two minutes at each (don't dawdle on your way back in; the next trolley is usually about 90 minutes away).
During the "Christmas"" season, trolleys are arranged for decoration tours, which may take you across the entire city. Ask about pricing.
T&I Shuttle Service is the most comprehensive taxi company in the city.
phone: +1 307 777-7220address: 200 W 24th StCompleted in 1888 before Wyoming was a state, the Wyoming State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and the dominant structure on the Cheyenne skyline.
phone: +1 307 777-7022address: 2301 Central AveFeatures artifacts, various collections and gift shop, full of souvenirs and Wyoming books.
Cheyenne Depot Museumphone: +1 307 632-3905address: 121 W. 15th StFormer Union Pacific Railroad Depot and renovated National Historic Landmark. The plaza in front of the depot hosts concerts and other events during the summer. The station also hosts Shadow's Pub & Grill .
phone: +1 307 778-7290address: 4610 North Carey AveLocated in Frontier Park on the grounds of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the historic rodeo called the "Daddy of 'em All". Includes a large display of horse-drawn carriages and exhibits on the history of the CFD rodeo which was established in 1897.
phone: +1 307 635-7670address: 1714 Carey AveWestern museum with 11,000 square feet of exhibits, including Indian artifacts, cowboy trappings, 19th century weapons and outlaw memorabilia.
phone: +1 307 777-7878address: 300 East 21st StThe historic mansion, home to Wyoming governors from 1905 to 1976.
Big Boy Steam Engineaddress: 1142-,1188 E LincolnwayThis powerful coal-fired engine was designed to pull a 3600-ton train over steep grades between Cheyenne and Ogden, Utah. The 4004 is one of eight remaining Big Boys on display throughout the country.
phone: +1 307 637-6458address: 710 S. Lions Park DrIncludes diverse flora and a greenhouse conservatory. The grounds are also home to Historic Locomotive 1242 and the Western Walkway, connecting the Gardens to the Old West Museum.
address: 4610 Carey AveWorld's largest outdoor rodeo & Western celebration that takes place the "Last Full Week in July". This historic rodeo was established in 1897 and is called the “Daddy of ‘em All”. Events include numerous rodeo events, free pancake breakfasts, night-time concerts, and parades. There will be heavy vehicular traffic last week of July on I-25, Carey Ave, and 8th Ave.
phone: +1-800-426-5009address: 121 W. 15th StNarrated, 90-minute tours of historic Cheyenne. Purchase tickets in the Depot and tours leave from the Depot Plaza. $10 adults/$5 children. There is also a horse-drawn carriage tour option.
phone: +1 307 634-4171address: 25 Service Rd51 I- 7 miles south of Cheyenne off I-25, this ranch is home to more than 2,000 bison. Take a tour through the herd from the safety of a vehicle. The ranch also has “horses, longhorn steer, camels, llamas, ostriches, emu, chickens, turkeys, turkins (1/2 turkey-1/2 chicken), peacocks, donkeys, goats, and beefalo (1/2 buffalo-1/2 steer).”
address: 1400 Dell Range BlvdOne-story indoor shopping area near Cheyenne Regional Airport and anchored by Dillard's (2 spots), J.C. Penny's (1 spot), Planet Fitness (1 spot), and soon to be anchored by Jax Outdoor Gear (1 spot, in place of old Sears. The food court has recovered from gloomy times,and now is home to 3 options, including the new Honolulu Poke and Ramen.
phone: +1 307 632 5577address: 2300 Carey AveA specialty breakfast and lunch chain in Downtown, great place to watch the CFD parade on the fourth Tuesday/Thursday of July.
phone: +1 307 638 3311address: 1600 Central AveGourmet restaurant located in the historic Plains Hotel, not a budget choice
phone: +1 307-635-5114address: 2233 E. LincolnwayFine dining specializing in steaks and seafood.
address: 115 E. 17th StEclectic décor with a huge menu. Look for the back-end of a pickup truck hanging over the entrance
Good Friend's Chinese Restaurantphone: +1 307-778-7088address: 507 East LincolnwayServes Chinese and Japanese.
phone: +1 307-638-3507address: 1506 Capitol AveThe Albany Restaurant Bar.
The Pie Ladyphone: +1 307-637-8838address: 3515 E Lincolnway"Mom's Kitchen" feel with a wide variety of pies.
Midtown Tavernphone: +1 307 638-8703address: 1303 E. Pershing Blvd.Local pub with live music.
Candlewood Suites Cheyennephone: +1 307-634-6622address: 2335 Tura Pkwy
phone: +1 307-632-4834address: 1601 E. LincolnwaySmall, quiet establishment with affordable nightly and weekly rates. Friendly service, attentive staff, and low rates you just can't get at the larger chain motels.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyennephone: +1 307 637-4070address: 1415 Stillwater Ave
phone: +1 307 638-3311address: 1600 Central Ave
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cheyennephone: +1 307 433-0751address: 1741 Fleischli Parkway
phone: +1 307 775-8400address: 2800 Lincolnway
phone: +1 307 635-6806address: 1735 Westland Rd
Despite also being in Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are hundreds of miles away on the opposite side of this fairly large state.
- The Rocky Mountains can be a rewarding adventure, that will always be remembered, just watch for road closures on I-80 in winter.
- Casper: Once larger than Cheyenne thanks to a 1970s oil boom, this still quaint town retains the western lifestyle and the loyal locals can relate to Casper. With that being said, shopping is prevalent, and there is a number of eateries that is worth trying, and Wyoming's only International airport is located here. Old and New, Small and Big, everything is thrown together in this city of 59,000 (2014 est) people.
- Laramie is less than an hour away on I-80/US 30, and is a college town set amongst the flat frontier and the rocky mountains. With a population of 30,000, the town still thrives today, and is a worthwhile stop on a route through Wyoming.
- Wellington: A small town that is quickly falling to Northern Colorado urbanization, Wellington is still small, and can offer an unmatched experience and hospitable atmosphere. This bedroom community of Fort Collins is 6,000 people in the 2010 census, but now is estimated up to 8,500 people. Stop by for a trip of the lifetime.
- Fort Collins, Colorado is only 44 miles to the south, and offers an active "NoCo" scene.