From Denver in the footsteps of Buffalo Bill

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Lluis Enric Mayans
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Index

  • Denver
  • Cheyenne
  • Black Hills
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Crazy horse memorial
  • Devil's Tower
  • Little Big Horn
  • Billings
  • Cody (the city founded by Buffalo Bill)
  • Yellowstone Park
  • Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole
  • Salt Lake City
  • Moab e Arches Park

A journey in the West of the United States it means discovering a variety of landscapes unique for their natural beauties, and cities with a great cultural ferment.



The proposed on the road itinerary starts from Denver, Colorado. Of course it is necessary to rent a car in order to better enjoy the spirit of freedom of this part of the USA.

Denver


Denver is the capital of Colorado. The city is located in the plateau east of Rocky Mountains, which frame the city with a majestic backdrop, and constitute one of its greatest natural attractions.

The founding of Denver dates back to 1858, when it was born as mining town.

Denver is nicknamed High – Mile City, with reference to its altitude above sea level measured in one mile, while historically, given its important contribution to the agricultural economy of the surrounding area, it was known as Queen City of the Plains (Queen City of the Plains).

Denver offers an interesting mix of natural beauty e cultural attractions, which make it an attractive destination for a wide range of travelers. For those who love nature there is only the embarrassment of choice, between city parks and trips just outside the urban area: the Rocky mountain national park, rich in an incredible variety of flora and fauna, the Denver Botanical Garden, Mount evans, an ideal place to observe the changing colors of the seasons.



For those who prefer a culture bath, a visit to the Denver Art Museum and its collection of modern and Native American art, as well as al Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which exhibits important works of art from Colorado, as well as from the international art scene.

Discover the best activities to do in Denver

Cheyenne

Denver - Cheyenne 164 km | 102 miles

Cheyenne is the state capital of Wyoming. The name "Cheyenne" is a tribute to the Cheyenne Native American tribe, people of the Great Plains.

At the time of its foundation in 1867, the city was known as Magic City of the Plains: from other regions of the country they looked to Cheyenne as the place that could offer the possibility of a job and an improvement in their living conditions.

Cheyenne is known as the city of rodeo and railways: one of its main points of interest is the Cheyenne Depot, with annexed the Depot Museum: it is one of the last examples of a XNUMXth century transcontinental railway, also known for being one of the most beautiful railway stations in north america.

A great way to start discovering the city is also the organized tour of the city on a tourist tram, with a driver - guide that illustrates step by step all the main places of interest. The tour takes about 90 minutes.


The Wyoming State Museum, a museum that allows you to have an overview of the history of the state of Wyoming, from prehistoric times to the present day, with accurate historical reconstructions of the environments and interesting exhibits.


At the end of July in Cheyenne the feasts of the gods take place Frontier Days, a celebratory event that recalls the era of the conquest of these lands: for ten days the city is celebrating, and the focus of the celebrations is the rodeo, occasion of exhibition of the cowboys riding their horses. Cheyenne is also home to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old Museum, themed museum that reconstructs the history of the glorious epic of the conquest of the frontier.

Black Hills

Cheyenne - Black Hills 447 Km | 278 miles

Le Black Hills are a mountain range that was born in south Dakota and extends up to Wyoming. The Black Hills territory is closely linked to the history and culture of the gods Lakota, which gave them the name of Pahà Sapà (“black hills”, in Lakota language). The mountain range is usually divided into two areas, that of Southern Hills, And the Northern Hills. In the Southern Hills area there are two sites of great interest, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Black Hills – Mount Rushmore National Memorial 44,9 km | 27,9 miglia

Il Mount Rushmore National Memorial it is an impressive complex sculptural (20 meters high) which depicts the faces of four of the presidents who have made the history of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The work, conducted by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, began in 1927, and continued for more than a decade, carried on thereafter by Lincoln Borglum, son of the sculptor, after his death.



A visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial combines the natural beauty of the Black Hills with an immersion in American history. The months of greatest tourist influx are the summer ones, and the recommended period includes the months of May, September, and October. In a couple of hours you can visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center (where there is an exhibition, and a 15-minute film that tells the work process of the sculptural complex), walk along the presidential path to see the sculpted faces of American presidents up close, and visit it sculptor's studio Gutzon Borglum.

Crazy horse memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Crazy Horse Memorial 26 Km | 16,1 miglia
Il Crazy horse memorial is a sculpture still under construction, in the South Dakota territory, dedicated to the figure of Crazy Horse, legendary warrior Sioux. It was decided to build it as "compensation" for the land expropriated from the Sioux people for the construction of the Memorial dedicated to the American presidents.

The work is obtained on the side of the Thunderhead Mountain. It is said that, when completed, it will be the largest rock sculpture ever built.

Devil's Tower

Crazy Horse Memorial – Devil’s Tower 182 Km | 113 miglia

Devil's Tower (whose real name in Lakota is "Bear Tower") is a monolith found in the state of Wyoming, and is national monument, Over which sacred mountain for Native Americans. It is an ancient dormant volcano. The national park of the same name extends around it. Devil's Tower was the first national monument to be established as such in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt, who wanted to preserve it. Here the director Steven Spielbergattracted by the suggestion of the place, he shot some scenes of his film Close encounters of the third kind.

Little Big Horn

Devil’s Tower – Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument 330 Km | 205 miglia

Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument is dedicated to the memory of the battle that took place on 25 June 1876 between the Lakota – Cheyenne and the US Army 7th Cavalry Battalion, commanded by the lieutenant colonel George Amstrong Custer, following the request made by the US government to the Lakota and Cheyenne populations to return to the Sioux Reservation prepared following the Treaty of 1868. The refusal of the Native Americans triggered the famous battle, which took place next to the Little Bighorn stream, in Montana. In the battle it was the Americans who had the worst, falling almost to the last man.

Billings

Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument – Billings 102 Km | 63,2 miglia

Billings is the capital of the county of Yellowstone, in Montana. Founded in 1877, it is located near the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Le Rimrocks they are suggestive rock formations that dominate the city, an ideal place for a walk, or, for the more sporty, to practice climbing.

Il Yellowstone Art Museum is a museum that brings together works by local Yellowstone County artists. Small and well organized, it can represent a pleasant interlude for art lovers.

Cody (the city founded by Buffalo Bill)

Billings - Cody 172 Km | 106 miles

The city of Cody was founded in 1868 by the legendary Buffalo bill , pseudonym of the colonel William Frederick Cody. Cody stands at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Wyoming. Here, where the presence of the most famous American in the world still hovers, you can taste the authentic old american west.

A visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, which tells the life of Buffalo Bill also through his personal items. The museum is divided into five sections, among which the one dedicated to the Indians of the plains, and the natural history museum are noteworthy. Another way to discover the city, and at the same time the historical and human events of Buffalo Bill, is the tour aboard the Cody Trolley, which takes tourists around the city for about an hour.

Another museum where you can study Native American culture is the Plains Indian Museum.

La Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an interesting collection of works of art from the American West, from the early 800th century to the contemporary era.

In the summer months a rodeo show is offered every evening at the Cody Nite Rodeo, for the environment, and the Dan Miller's Cowboy Music Revue offers a musical with traditional western songs.

Yellowstone Park

Cody - Yellowstone Park 83,8 Km | 52,1 miles

Yellowstone Park is the largest and oldest park in the United States of America, declared UNESCO heritage in 1978. The park has five entrances: two from Wyoming, and three from Montana.

In this park, unique in the world, there is a concentration of natural wonders, and one of the most varied fauna.

It is advisable to rent a car to get around the park, calculating at least three days of exploration.

Yellowstone Park is divided into several areas: that of geyser, that of the hot Springs, Grand Canyon, And lakes, all worth a visit.

Tickets and the best activities to do in Yellowstone

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole

Yellowstone Park - Grand Teton National Park 11 Km | 6,9 miles

Il Grand Teton National Park It is in the Wyoming, and to access it, you can use the same ticket purchased for Yellowstone Park.

The park was established in 1929, and was later extended to the valley of Jackson Hole, in 1950. In 1970 it was connected to Yellowstone by a scenic route.

The Grand Teton Park, less known and quieter than Yellowstone, offers scenery of great beauty that invite you to walk and hike: you can move on foot, by bicycle, or by canoe, along the lakes which are located inside the park, first of all the Jackson Lake. The park is dominated by the mountain range of Grand Teton, which also frames the Jackson Hole, a valley in which the pretty town of Jackson, renowned for its trendy shops and restaurants and art galleries.

Grand Teton National Park is also a nature reserve, which is home to numerous varieties of plant and animal species, such as bear, elk, bison, deer, and many birds. It is possible to take part in organized tours with the guide of expert rangers, who, while visiting the reserve, will be able to help you spot the animals in complete safety.

Salt Lake City

Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City 465 Km | 289 miles

Salt Lake City is the capital of the state of Utah. Founded in 1847 by a group of Mormons, it takes its name from Great Salt Lake next to which it stands. Before the arrival of the Mormons, the territory belonged to the Indian tribe of gods Shoshone.

La Temple Square is a characterizing element of the city of Salt Lake City, which contains the most significant buildings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For fans of the dinosaur theme it is worth a visit Natural History Museum of Utah, where fossil and archaeological finds are kept, and where it is also possible to have an overview of the geology of Utah.

Il Big Cottonwood Canyon it is located about 40 minutes from the city, and is an opportunity for a trip into nature: here it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains, take pleasant walks, and ski in winter.

Discover the best activities to do in Salt Lake City

Moab e Arches Park

Salt Lake City - Moab 376 Km | 234 miles

Moab is a city in Utah. Its name has biblical origins, and refers to an area located east of the Jordan River.

Most visitors come to Moab to visit the neighbor Arches National Park, famous for its numerous and spectacular natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch, symbol of Utah.

Another point of great interest near Moab is the Canyonlands National Park: the largest national park in Utah is an immense landscape of reddish canyons, a paradise for photography lovers, and an ideal place for sportsmen, who can go rowing, trekking, or tour the park on a mountain bike.


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