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, while still 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.