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Home » Itineraries » Howdy Neighbor Unleashed: Exploring Episodes One and Two
Howdy Neighbor Unleashed: Exploring Episodes One and Two
Following in the footsteps of hosts Jim and Shawn in the series Howdy Neighbor, this itinerary, inspired by episodes one and two, invites you to climb, hike and stargaze at Devils Tower.
Immerse yourself in Sundance’s rich history, exploring like an outlaw and venture into the Wild West of Cheyenne Frontier Days. This itinerary does not include everything this area has to offer. Be sure to check out the full list of Wyoming listings at Travel Wyoming Events Calendar to avoid missing out on all the fun.
Tailored to the Cheyenne Frontier Days schedule for 2024, this itinerary recommends starting on July 23rd. Please consult the 2024 schedule to confirm activity availability if deviating from this plan.
The diner provides a place for individuals to enjoy incredible food and create lasting memories. The nostalgic diner ambiance, combined with an array of amazing fresh foods, offers a space that individuals can be genuinely excited about.
One of the most significant archaeological sites of the late-prehistoric Plains Indigenous cultures, the Vore site is a natural sinkhole that served as a bison trap from about 1500 to 1800 A.D. At least five different tribes utilized the Vore site during 300 years, and at least 10,000 bison were trapped there. The Vore Buffalo Jump is open to the public during the summer months. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the increasingly famous Vore Site, as well as the broader picture of the cultures that Plains Indigenous communities built around the bison.
Sundance Square serves as the cornerstone for gatherings in Downtown Sundance, located next to the Historic Crook County Museum. This lush park features the Sundance Kid Statue, a natural outdoor playground and a splash pad. The park provides restrooms, picnic tables and ample space to stretch your legs while strolling along the historic walking path.
The Crook County Museum & Art Gallery offers an exploration of numerous historical artifacts of the American West. With over 7,000 items on display, visitors can encounter highlights such as the original courtroom where the Sundance Kid had his trial and an impressive gun exhibit, among other fascinating pieces.
Wild West Espresso, nestled in the heart of Downtown Sundance, offers a wide selection of coffee and other beverages, along with breakfast and lunch items (many homemade). The cozy shop also features an array of cards and gifts for visitors to explore.
The trail around the base of Devils Tower is paved, featuring only a gradual incline through forested areas that provide shade. This makes the hike suitable for individuals of various ages, fitness levels and abilities. If one has more time and the weather is agreeable, they may consider hiking the 1.5-mile Joyner Ridge Trail. This less crowded trail offers a greater sense of the beautiful solitude found throughout northeast Wyoming.
Devils Tower Lodge provides a range of guided climbing experiences on Devils Tower, serving as the premier climbing guide service on the Tower for over 20 years. They offer custom climbing trips tailored to the specific experience individuals are seeking. These trips are not constrained by time restrictions or a set number of routes climbed. Each trip is personalized, ensuring individuals are not placed in groups with unfamiliar people. The guides are all professionals, fully certified, and boast years of experience. The overarching goal is to deliver the best possible climbing experience.
Devils Tower Gulch restaurant is situated just outside the entrance of the National Monument. The delectable comfort foods are guaranteed to leave patrons with a smile. The rustic charm and views of the Tower bring a Western feel that is both authentic and enduring.
During full moons, park rangers lead evening hikes to view the night sky. The prairie’s flat surface contrasts with the monument’s harsh verticality in the moonlight, adding to the dramatic allure of Devils Tower at night.
Devils Tower Lodge is filled with adventure, offering just the right amount of peace and quiet. This secluded bed and breakfast is nestled on 21 very private acres of Ponderosa Pine at the base of Devils Tower.
Guests can start their day with a fresh cup of coffee while relishing the view from the back deck. Breakfast is served promptly at 8 am and includes freshly made orange juice, country-style eggs, fresh fruit, fluffy pancakes and cereal. This is a great nights stay before heading south to the capital of the state, Cheyenne.
Vedauwoo Recreation Area’s gravity-defying rock formations naturally entertain climbers, hikers, campers and individuals in pursuit of outdoor recreation. Known to the Northern Arapaho Tribe as the “Land of the Earthborn Spirit,” Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-duh-voo) features protrusions of Sherman granite shaped by millions of years of icy, windy and wet weather.
Appropriately marked by a colorfully-painted cowboy boot on the street outside, The Wrangler is a massive three-story Western goods retailer with a reputation for having everything individuals could want to outfit themselves. The store offers hundreds of cowboy hats, fresh styles of boots in vibrant shades and Carhartt gear for chilly mornings out on the ranch. If individuals want it, The Wrangler has it. They are encouraged to go ahead and cowboy up.
Explore Downtown Cheyenne
Cheyenne’s downtown main street is bustling with small businesses, events and nightlife. During the day, visitors can explore unique shops and locally-owned restaurants while enjoying the city sights. In the evening, they can wander down 17th street under string lights and enjoy the picturesque plaza. Anchored by the train depot, during the summer, there are often concerts on the weekends. This includes the popular Fridays on the Plaza summer series, a sequence of free concerts every Friday night from June through August.
This Wyoming loved resturaunt prepares all of their soups, gravies, salad dressings and specials from scratch. They hand-cut their steaks and slow-roast their meats. They use the freshest ingredients available and rely on time-tested recipes developed in their family-run kitchen.
Little America Cheyenne offers 188 spacious guest rooms, more than 32,000 square feet of exquisite conference space, Hathaway’s Restaurant & Lounge, Carol’s Gourmet Café, a sophisticated gift shop, a nine-hole executive golf course, an oversized heated outdoor pool, 24-hour travel center and a full-service garage. Little America Cheyenne is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway or an elaborate corporate convention.
See what the cowboys see on a sneak-peek tour that follows the path of the bulls and broncs before heading out into the arena. The guided tour meets in front of the Old West Museum by the Lane Frost Statue.
Rows of white teepees make up one of the most popular Frontier Days attractions, which hosts authentic Indigenous peoples dancing, music playing and storytelling and a number of Indigenous peoples exhibits and food vendors. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Get a glimpse into what life was like on the Goodnight Trail over 100 years ago as you visit authentic chuckwagon crews. Watch as each crew uses a standard set of ingredients to create delectable food that will be judged for a championship buckle.
This sit-down restaurant in the heart of the rodeo serves Wyoming beef, bison and chicken, and serves up live music and craft cocktails—it’s the perfect place to kick up your boots after a long day of rodeo.
Lodging Option: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cheyenne Southwest/Downtown Area
A new addition to the Wyoming landscape, Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyenne Southwest/Downtown Area reflects the past while providing amenities of the future. The perfect place to stay during a fun-filled weekend getaway. Make your reservations early as rooms go quick!
Catch the excitement starting at the State Capitol Building and take in the sights and sounds of top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles. Parades begin at 9:00 a.m. and take place the first Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and last Saturday of this Western celebration.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is part of the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world. Witness the excitement of the rodeo events, including bull riding, bareback horse riding, roping, team roping, barrel racing and more at the rodeo.
Terry Bison Ranch welcomes guests for various occasions, offering western hospitality across the RV Park, restaurant, and Trading Post. The Ranch also features the exclusive Bison Train tour, a 50-minute ride exploring both the Wyoming and Colorado sides. Learn Ranch History and feed the Bison in the midst of the herd. Enjoy Guided Horseback Trail Rides, 2-hour Breakfast or Dinner Rides, ATV Tours and a Sunday Lunch Train from May to September. The Ranch offers diverse activities, allowing visitors to stroll the property, explore original buildings and encounter various animals, including chickens, turkeys, and peacocks.
Dinner Option: The Senator’s Steakhouse and Brass Buffalo Saloon
The Senator’s Steakhouse offers a pleasant western atmosphere adorned with numerous antiques. The dress code is casual. The establishment serves beef and bison burgers, steaks and a variety of other menu choices.
When the sun sets on Cheyenne Frontier Days each night, the stars truly come out! Frontier Nights has showcased major musical acts including George Strait, Post Malone, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Eric Church, among others. Advanced technology ensures a fully immersive experience for attendees.
Lodging Option: The Historic Plains Hotel & Restaurant
Less than a mile from the State Capital, the Historic Plains Hotel is near several other local attractions, such as the Depot Museum and the Nelson Museum. This non-smoking hotel offers high-speed Internet and free airport transportation.