Wyoming’s Small Capital Doing Big Things

Its annual massive nine-day Cheyenne Frontier Days just ended, and Wyoming’s capital has returned to its quiet norm. Or, so you’d think. Actually, the Magic City on the Plains is ever more a city on the go, with brewpubs and creative dining popping up both in the historic downtown and on its the edges—and thankfully not plagued by hipster excess. The small city has a big city number of fine museums as well. And to cap it off, nature hikes are a short ride out of town.

Cheyenne exists thanks to the Transcontinental Railroad. So, start where it all started, at the Union Pacific Depot. Built in the 1880s, in the Richardsonian style of Romanesque Revival to be precise, the sandstone structure and its attractive tower are deservedly a National Historic Landmark.

In effect,

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