Flights to Cheyenne
Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming and the largest city in the state. Like many other western cities, the name Cheyenne comes from the Native American tribe that lived in the area when the city was founded. The name is pronounced “Shy-anne”.
The Cheyenne Regional Airport (airport code: CYS) is only for local air traffic, and the nearest major airport is the Denver International Airport (DEN). Denver is 144 kilometres (90 miles) south of Cheyenne, with good road connections for rented cars or shuttle buses. Small prop planes do fly between Denver and Cheyenne but they will provide a very rough and somewhat uncomfortable trip if you are not used to small aircraft. A flight to Cheyenne (actually arriving in Denver) is available with either 1 or 2 connections, depending on the airline. Virgin Atlantic makes one stop in London, and Delta has its connection in Atlanta. There are longer routes with 2 stops with British Midland or Lufthansa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Cheyenne:
Nelson Museum of the West
The nelson Museum of the West showcases the history and lifestyle of western America with 20 exhibits that include military artefacts, Native American art and cowboy memorabilia. They are closed in the off-season, from November until April.
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Located in Lions Park, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens have 8 acres of landscaped gardens of herbs, cacti, roses and even vegetables. The water garden has a koi pond and waterfall, too. The greenhouse conservatory houses the tropical plants, and much of their electricity is generated with solar panels. Entry is free, and the gardens are open 365 days a year.
Wyoming State Museum
Learn everything you could possibly want to know about the history of Wyoming. There are fossils and dinosaur bones, pioneer and settler exhibits, documents dating from the early years of the Wyoming territory and displays about the native wildlife. The state museum is closed Sundays and most major holidays.
Cheyenne Depot Museum
The railway history of Cheyenne is displayed at the Depot Museum, with specific focus on the Union Pacific railway. The building is actually a renovated depot, and you can see where the old platform and tracks were. The museum is right in the heart of downtown, and you can’t miss the clock tower.
Historical Governor’s Mansion
The old Governor’s mansion has been fully restored and is furnished with antiques to provide a look into history. Various rooms show styles from different years of the home’s past (1905, 1937 and 1960). The architecture is Colonial Revival, and was a very modern home for the year it was built in 1905, with indoor plumbing and electrical fixtures. There is no admission fee, and the hours are limited during the winter months. During the summer, it’s open 7 days a week.
When Should You Visit?:
No matter when you visit Cheyenne, you won’t have to worry about the rain. The climate is arid, though not as hot as some other parts of the western USA. It’s hottest in July, when daytime highs are around 28C (82F). August is a few degrees cooler. Winters will hover around the freezing point, so late spring and early fall would be the most comfortable times to see Cheyenne.