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Introduction

Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, USA. It is the principal city of the Cheyenne, Wyoming, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Laramie County. The population was 59,466 at the 2010 census. Cheyenne is the northern terminus of the extensive and fast-growing Front Range Urban Corridor that stretches from Cheyenne to Pueblo, Colorado which has a population of 4,333,742 according to the 2010 United States Census. Cheyenne is situated on Crow Creek and Dry Creek. The Cheyenne, Wyoming Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 91,738.

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Sights and Activities

  • Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W 24th St, ☎ +1 307 777-7220. Completed in 1888 before Wyoming was a state, the Wyoming State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and the dominant structure on the Cheyenne skyline. The Capitol is open to the public 8AM-5PM Monday – Friday.
  • Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave, ☎ +1 307 777-7022. 9AM-4:30PM M-Sa. Features artifacts, various collections and gift shop, full of souvenirs and Wyoming books.
  • Cheyenne Depot Museum, 121 W. 15th St, ☎ +1 307 632-3905. Former Union Pacific Railroad Depot and recently 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.
  • Old West Museum & Store, 4610 North Carey Ave, ☎ +1 307 778-7290. Located 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.
  • Nelson Museum of the West, 1714 Carey Ave, ☎ +1 307 635-7670. May 1-Oct. 31. 9AM-4:30PM M-F. Western museum with 11,000 square feet of exhibits, including Indian artifacts, cowboy trappings, 19th century weapons and outlaw memorabilia.
  • Governor's Mansion, 300 East 21st St, ☎ +1 307 777-7878. 9AM-5PM Tuesday – Saturday. The historic mansion, home to Wyoming governors from 1905 to 1976. Free.
  • Big Boy Steam Engine, 1142-,1188 E Lincolnway (17th St & Morrie Ave. (Holliday Park)). This 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.
  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 S. Lions Park Dr, ☎ +1 307 637-6458. 8AM-4:30PM M-F, 11AM-3:30PM Sa-Su. Includes 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. Free.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Weather

Cheyenne, like most of the rest of Wyoming, has a cool semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk). Winters are cold and moderately long, but relatively dry, with a December average of 28.8 °F (-1.8 °C), highs that fail to breach freezing occur 35 days per year, and lows dip to the -17.8 °C mark on 9.2 mornings. However, the cold is often interrupted, with chinook winds blowing downslope from the Rockies that can bring warm conditions, bringing the high above 10 °C on twenty days from December to February.

Snowfall is greatest in March and April, seasonally averaging 60 inches (1,500 mm), historically ranging from 13.1 inches (330 mm) between July 1965 and June 1966 up to 3,090 mm between July 1979 and June 1980, yet thick snow cover rarely stays. Summers are warm, with a high diurnal temperature range; July averages 20.8 °C, and highs reach 32.2 °C on an average twelve afternoons annually. Spring and autumn are quick transitions, with the average window for freezing temperatures being September 29 thru May 14, allowing a growing season of 106 days. Official record temperatures range from -38.9 °C on January 9, 1875, up to 37.8 °C on June 23, 1954, the last of four occurrences; the record cold daily maximum is -29.4 °C on January 11, 1963, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 20 °C on July 31, 1960. The annual precipitation of 15.9 inches (400 mm) tends to be concentrated from May to August and is low during fall and winter; it has historically ranged from 128.0 mm in 1876 to 602 mm in 1942.

The city averages below 60% daily relative humidity in each month and receives an average 2,980 hours (67% of the possible total) of sunshine annually. On July 16, 1979 an F3 tornado struck Cheyenne causing one death and 40 injuries. It was the most destructive tornado in Wyoming history.

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Getting There

By Plane

Cheyenne Regional Airport/Jerry Olsen Field (CYS IATA). 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 actual flying time) and code shares with Frontier and United.

By Car

Cheyenne is located 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 1.5 hours, depending on Denver traffic. Cheyenne generally has no traffic problems, although spots like Dell Range Blvd. and Central Ave. can have minimal jams.

By Bus

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.

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Getting Around

By Car

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.

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

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, trolley 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.

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Eat

  • The Egg & I, 2300 Carey Ave, ☎ +1 307 632 5577. 6:30A-2P. A specialty breakfast and lunch chain in Downtown, great place to watch the CFD parade on the fourth Tuesday/Thursday of July.
  • Plains Hotel Diner (Potentially called Captiol Grille), 1600 Central Ave, ☎ +1 307 638 3311. Gourmet restaurant located in the historic Plains Hotel, not a budget choice.
  • Poor Richard’s, 2233 E. Lincolnway, ☎ +1 307-635-5114. Fine dining specializing in steaks and seafood.
  • Sanford’s Grub & Pub, 115 E. 17th St. Eclectic décor with a huge menu. Look for the back-end of a pickup truck hanging over the entrance
  • Good Friend's Chinese Restaurant, 507 East Lincolnway, ☎ +1 307-778-7088. Serves Chinese and Japanese.
  • The Albany, 1506 Capitol Ave, ☎ +1 307-638-3507. The Albany Restaurant Bar.
  • The Pie Lady, 3515 E Lincolnway, ☎ +1 307-637-8838. "Mom's Kitchen" feel with a wide variety of pies.

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Drink

  • Midtown Tavern (inside old Anderson's Corner), 1303 E. Pershing Blvd. (I-25 exit 11, follow Pershing to Anderson sign.), ☎ +1 307 638-8703. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. Local pub with live music.

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Sleep

  • Candlewood Suites Cheyenne, 2335 Tura Pkwy, ☎ +1 307-634-6622. $129/night.
  • The Cheyenne Motel, 1601 E. Lincolnway (1 Mile East of Downtown on Lincolnway), ☎ +1 307-632-4834. Check-in: 3:00, check-out: 10:30. Small, 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. $40 and up.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyenne, 1415 Stillwater Ave, ☎ +1 307 637-4070, fax: +1 307 637-4070.
  • The Historic Plains Hotel, 1600 Central Ave, ☎ +1 307 638-3311.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cheyenne, 1741 Fleischli Parkway, ☎ +1 307 433-0751.
  • Little America Hotel & Resort, 2800 Lincolnway, ☎ +1 307 775-8400.
  • Motel 6, 1735 Westland Rd, ☎ +1 307 635-6806, fax: +1 307 638-3017.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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