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6 Ways to Experience Cheyenne Chic

Cheyenne, Wyoming is a veritable goldmine for cowboy culture. Known worldwide as the home of the Daddy of ‘em all Rodeo and Cheyenne Frontier Days, this bustling city is Western through and through. But what if you happen to find yourself in Cheyenne at any other time during the year? We’re so glad you asked! Here are six chic ways to enjoy a side of Cheyenne you haven’t met yet. This unexpected take on Cheyenne is artistic, historic, and delicious—a perfect combination for year-round fun.

This story was created in partnership with Visit Cheyenne.

Cheyenne, Wyoming Street Art

1. EXPLORE THE BOOMING STREET ART SCENE

When you think of giant, colorful murals, cities like Los Angeles or Austin might come to mind. But take one look at Cheyenne’s newest art installments and you’ll be realize it’s happening in the Cowboy State! Spend the morning walking downtown where you’ll find a surprising amount of art. Over 30 Big Boots (Cheyenne’s eight-foot-tall, hand-painted cowboy boots) are tucked like easter eggs throughout town, each with a unique story to tell. And following the Paint Slingers festival now in its fifth year, dozens of sensational murals peek out of alleyways and stand boldly on street corners. Keep an eye out for bison-inspired motifs and an impressive representation of Frida Kahlo that reaches two-stories high.

Cheyenne Chic pin

Museums and history of Cheyenne

2. BRUSH UP ON AMERICAN HISTORY

Did you know that Wyoming was the first territory in the United States to guarantee women the right to vote and hold public office? Not only was Cheyenne the setting of this historic legislation, but it is also rich in Native American cultural heritage. Additionally, the Oregon Trail intersects the state to the north, and Cheyenne was later a hub of commerce for the Union Pacific Railroad as our nation expanded westward. There is much to see in Cheyenne to take in this kaleidoscope of legacy. The Wyoming State Museum, Wyoming State Capitol, Cheyenne Depot Museum, and Cowgirls of the West Museum are all wonderful places to spend during a chic afternoon in Cheyenne.

Craft Beer and Distilleries in Cheyenne

3. QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR CRAFT BREW

Cheyenne is considered to be the northern edge of the Front Range; a region well known for its robust craft beer scene. And Cheyenne is no exception! Four craft breweries and two distilleries call Cheyenne home. Follow the Daddy of the Malt Craft Beverage Trail to sample each of their unique flavors. Enjoy the cozy vibes of Danielmark’s Brewery, set in a historic house with a spacious backyard patio, or sip a classic Saddle Bronc Brown from Black Tooth Brewing while listening to live music. You really can’t go wrong tasting a rhubarb-infused whiskey at Chronicles right across the street from a live shootout reenactment, either. 

Dining in Cheyenne

4. TREAT YOURSELF TO LOCAL FARE

You don’t need to be a red meat aficionado to enjoy a meal in Cheyenne (although the steak options here are noteworthy). There is something for everyone to enjoy. Start with a hearty breakfast at the Luxury Diner, set in a trolley car dating back to 1894. Don’t forget to pick up a cinnamon roll to go! After a morning exploring the city, enjoy a tray of tacos from Best Tacos and Burritos La Paz—the go-to for locals. Dinner options are vast, but we recommend trying The Metropolitan Downtown, a chic, brand-new establishment serving everything from salmon to steak that proves there’s more to Cheyenne than cowboy boots. But we won’t blame you for wearing yours at the bar.

The Lincoln, Cheyenne Wyoming

5. CATCH A LIVE SHOW

If you’re hoping to catch live music in Cheyenne but didn’t make it for Frontier Nights, stop by the Lincoln to see what’s playing. This historic venue was most recently used as a movie theater, but has been playfully revamped to host the best bands and artists in the West. While COVID-19 restrictions are still in place at the time of writing, the Lincoln is open and operating according to all safety guidelines. So sit back, enjoy the show, and know that your safety is Cheyenne’s top priority.

Curt Gowdy State Park, WY

6. HIKE OR BIKE IN CURT GOWDY STATE PARK

No trip to Cheyenne is complete without a visit to Curt Gowdy State Park. Set in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, the park is only 24 miles from downtown Cheyenne. Anglers, hikers, and mountain bikers will all find something to do on the many trails and three unique reservoirs within the park. Camping opportunities are tremendous, too. We wouldn’t blame you for spending the night! Hike to a hidden waterfall, then stand-up paddleboard as the sun sets before roasting s’mores over a campfire. Curt Gowdy is also open in the winter, when you can see locals zoom around the reservoir on “ice sailboats.” Now that’s a Wyoming holiday. 




Your Perfect 4-Day Road Trip through Gold Country, California

Gold Country, California is one of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations for those who want to see a different side of the Golden State. Home of the original gold rush that forever changed a nation, this region is within striking distance of both Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, making it an achievable and creative destination for those who love history, outdoor adventure, farm-to-table food, and know how to enjoy a booming wine and beer scene.


This story was created in partnership with Visit Eldorado and Visit Placer.

Hidden Falls in California's Gold Country

Day 1: Zipline, Hike, Sip Wine & Farm-to-Tap Brews

Morning

After flying into Sacramento International Airport, begin your road trip toward the city of Rocklin. Only 30 minutes away from baggage claim, Quarry Park Adventures is the perfect place to cure yourself of any jet lag! Located in a 60-foot deep, 160-year old granite quarry, this family-friendly adventure park features ziplines, a ropes course, rappel wall, and more!

From there, quench your thirst on the robust Placer Wine and Ale Trail at one of the 20 wineries in the area. Several farm breweries offer unique experiences, including GoatHouse Brewing, where you can play with kid goats between sips of farm-to-tap brews. The best part of all these options is that the wineries and breweries are all within close proximity of each other, so every one of your travel buddies can find something to their taste.

Afternoon

In between stops, stretch your legs with a short hike on any number of trails at the 1,200-acre Hidden Falls Regional Park right in the heart of wine and beer country. Come dinner time, you will surely be ravenous! Indulge in the farm-to-table philosophy of Placer County at any number of nearby restaurants. That evening, overnight at the SpringHill Suites or any other hotel or bed and breakfast in the Auburn area to set yourself up for another day of adventure.

Whitewater rafting in Coloma, California

Day 2: Go Whitewater Rafting, Take a History Lesson, And Drink More Beer

Morning

The adventure begins in earnest on day two! Spend the morning whitewater rafting on the famous American River. The South Fork is a great place to start for families, beginners, or novice rafters, pairing fun and splashes with stunning scenery and maybe a grand finale at Folsom Lake. More experienced river-runners may prefer the adrenaline pumping rapids of the Middle Fork. You will find a wide assortment of rafting guides and experiences to fit your skills and comfort level in California’s Gold Country. And if a single morning on the water isn’t enough for you, you can book trips up to two days long.

Afternoon

That afternoon, dig into the history of the area on a walking tour and visit to the Placer County Museum. Don’t forget to visit the historic and photogenic Auburn Fire House and Bell!   

Pour Choice in Placer County, California

Evening

Next, reward your efforts with a refreshment on the patio at Pour Choice—a unique craft coffee bar and tap room. That evening, stay in Old Town Auburn for dinner at either Auburn Alehouse or the Alehouse Annex across the street for award-winning ale and American fare. Other local craft beer options in town include Crooked Lane, Moonraker, and Knee Deep; all of which have rotating food trucks most evenings. 

Bridge over a trail and river in California's Gold Country

Day 3: Become a Part of California’s Gold Rush History

Morning

Continue on Historic Route 49 to Placerville by way of legendary Coloma. It was here that gold was first discovered in 1848, changing the fate of California and the entire nation forever. (There’s a reason we call it Gold Country, California!) Take a hike in the Auburn State Recreation Area at Lake Clementine or Cronan Ranch, followed by lunch at Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe. 

Argonaut Cafe in California's Gold Country

Afternoon

Then, check out where the gold rush began at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park! The whole family will enjoy learning to pan for gold and exploring the museum and the many original and restored buildings. Even the volunteers are dressed in period clothing to bring the experience to life.

Evening

Dinner at Smith Flat House, Placerville, California

Watch the sunset and sip some local wine from one of 70 wineries in the region. Lava Cap is a particular favorite! For dinner, try Smith Flat House (pictured above), whose restaurant is accessed through the original entrance to an 1800’s goldmine. Overnight in Placerville at the woodsy North Canyon Inn or another nearby hotel.

Day 4: Celebrate Your Time in Gold Country with Wine & BBQ

Morning

On your last day enjoying Gold Country, explore a real mine only a mile away from downtown at Gold Bug Park and Mine. After you’ve tried your luck panning for gold a second time, dig into lunch at one of the great choices on Main Street, like The Farm Table or Heyday Cafe. Afterwards, stroll to the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi and pick up a souvenir. 

Panning in Gold Country California

Afternoon

Take an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a unique guided tour of David Girard Vineyards. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, learn more about regional history, and taste unique and exclusive wines. There’s also a cheese tasting to follow!

Vineyard in Gold Country, California

Finally, tuck into a savory dinner at the iconic Poor Red’s BBQ—a former stagecoach stop turned popular roadhouse. Poor Red’s is known for its award-winning barbecue and signature Golden Cadillac Cocktail—a perfect choice to savor your wonderful road trip through Gold Country, California.