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Eat, drink, stay and play in The Great American West

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The Great American West has endless opportunities for you to discover incredible scenery and wildlife, explore the region’s towns and meet the locals at festivals and fairs and learn more about western culture, cowboy and Native American history. Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming all have unique accommodation choices, a variety of great local restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries and exciting activities for you to enjoy on a visit in any season.

Here’s a sample of accommodation and dining highlights and a few of our favourite suggestions for activities that showcase the best of Great American West fun and adventure.

Check out our Australian & New Zealand websites and our Facebook page for more great photos and information about the Great American West.



Flights are now running from Chicago to Cody
United Airlines is now running weekly non-stop flights from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Cody, Wyoming’s Yellowstone Regional Airport from June 8 to August 24.

Eat and drink

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, Cheyenne
If you’re in Cheyenne in July for Cheyenne Frontier Days which is the world’s largest rodeo, Napoli’s Italian Restaurant is a great place to dine. Once the Old Frontier Hotel, it has been transformed into a restaurant that opened just a few months ago. A building with a terra cotta cowboy frieze on the outside doesn’t seem like a likely place for great Italian food, but this family-friendly restaurant offers delicious pasta, pizza, seafood, salad, and sandwiches.

Bin22, Jackson Hole
Just steps away from the Town Square, Bin22 is Jackson Hole’s premier wine bar, bottle shop, and restaurant. Aussies will love this fine dining establishment which features delicious tapas including cheeses, olives, salads, pork belly sliders, meatballs, and grilled lamb, in addition to great value wines, spirits, and craft beers. Bin22 also includes a market with house made meats, cheeses, ice creams, and crackers so that you can take this food away to enjoy on your daily adventure.


Big Boy Steam Engine, Cheyenne
Big Boy Steam Engine Number 4004 is the world’s largest steam locomotive and one of the eight remaining Big Boy Steam Engine’s on display in North America. Originally designed to pull a train between Wyoming and Utah, the 4004 can be visited at Holliday Park in Cheyenne and is a popular family attraction. Meanwhile, just last month Big Boy Steam Engine Number 4014 was restored and began its year long tour to celebrate the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary.

Mad River Boat Trips, Jackson Hole
Mad River Boat Trips is your one stop shop for annual fun in Wyoming with summer rafting, wildlife tours, and guided snowmobiling in winter. Mad River Boat Tours offers thrilling whitewater rafting as well as relaxing scenic float trips which are perfect for the whole family. These take place on the calm upper area of the Snake River and offer the chance to see a diverse array of wildlife on the shores, especially birds.Scenic Safaris operates out of Mad River Boat Trips during winter to offer exciting guided snowmobile tours into Yellowstone National Park and the wilderness area surrounding Jackson Hole.

Featured accommodation

Nelson Inn, Sheridan
A top place to explore Native American heritage is the Don King Museum at King’s Saddlery which contains a huge display of saddles and other riding tack, photos, Native American artefacts, cowboy memorabilia, and Western art. If you want to stay nearby then just two minutes away is Nelson Inn whose boutique suites feature high ceilings, contemporary comforts, and décor embodying vintage charm. Each suite has a quirky theme like ‘The Western’ which has a rustic style reflecting Wyoming’s rich heritage, and ‘The Sport’ suite which features a basketball court wall, bowling alley countertops, and snowboard shelves.

July 19-28: Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne
August 3-4: Beartrap Summer Festival, Casper
August 30 – September 2: Fort Bridger Mountain Men Rendezvous, Fort Bridger
Photos in the above section please credit Wyoming Office of Tourism

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