Cowboy Boots and Christmas Lights: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming is known for its western past, but it also has its own blend of holiday charm. Photo by Janna Graber
Cheyenne, Wyoming is known for its western past, but it also has its own blend of holiday charm. Photo by Janna Graber

For many of us, the holidays mean time with family and building treasured family memories. That was certainly the case with my family. With eight kids in our household, the Christmas holidays were busy, fun-filled events.

Now that I’m older, I look for new ways to enjoy the holidays with my family. This year, it meant a road trip with my mom and one of my sisters. We wanted to experience the magic of the holidays in a small town, where unhurried streets filled with twinkling lights were the norm.

We chose Cheyenne, Wyoming as our destination this year. Wyoming’s capital city is home to some 60,000, and the town’s laid back character still has traces of its Wild West beginnings. By the 1880s, the cattle industry had put Cheyenne on the map, and it was home to some of the country’s richest cattle barons. Their grand homes still line the city streets.

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