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Welcome to Cody


Cody is entertainer William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody's hometown, and was founded by him in 1887. During summer it rivals Jackson as Wyoming's number one tourist town, at the same time retaining more of the bona fide appeal of a pastoral Western community than the resort sophistication of its contender.

Every summer the town turns up its Western charm for the thousands of visitors en route to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park with rodeos, the annual Cody Stampede, Buffalo Bill attractions and paraphernalia, and a cowtown circus. Cody's main attraction is the world-class Buffalo Bill Historical Center, encompassing five different museums detailing the history of the West.

The dusty main road is lined with souvenir and ranch-wear shops, and its reassembled Old Trail Town is a collection of ghost town shop fronts and cabins gathered from the surrounding region, housing artefacts and archaeological finds. From Cody, the 52 miles (84km) to Yellowstone National Park takes travellers through the superbly scenic landscape of the Wapiti Valley.

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Because of its altitude, Cody, like much of the state of Wyoming, has an essentially cold and dry climate, with plenty of winter snowfall. The weather is highly seasonal: summer days can be pleasantly warm. Despite the average of low temperatures there is no shortage of sunshine, with an estimated 300 sunny days a year. Cody's weather, though, is known to be highly unpredictable.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is an immense complex containing five world-class museums and a research library, including the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Draper Museum of Natural History. The Buffalo Bill Museum focuses on the personal and public lives of William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody within the American West, with artefacts tracing the years of the Pony Express, Indian Wars, Civil War and his Wild West Shows. The Cody Firearms Museum contains the most complete collection of American weapons in the world, the Whitney Gallery features masterworks of the West, and the ecosystem of the Yellowstone area is presented at the Natural History Museum. The Plains Indians Museum highlights the story of the lives of the Plains Indian people, their culture, history, values and traditions, and their lives today through one of the country's largest and finest collections of art and artefacts.

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