CODY — Cody recently ranked No. 4 on a syndicated list of small towns to visit in 2013, continuing the town's tradition of earning accolades for its tourism.
The list, published on New Years Day at FamilyTravel.com
and Jan. 10 on Huffington Post's travel blog
, praised Cody's Western feel and culture with its nightly rodeo in the summer. The article also praised the town's culture in general, citing the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's five museums that "provide plenty to interest every family member.
The article's author, Lynn O'Rourke Hayes, a syndicated travel journalist and the editor of FamilyTravel.com, also called Cody out for "offering a wide range of outdoor adventure including hiking, biking, horseback riding and blue-ribbon trout fishing."
"Small towns offer charm, history and an opportunity for adventure," Hayes wrote. "Here are ten American communities worth visiting in 2013 if you like culture, adventure, shopping, eating, breathing, dancing, skiing, the arts, horses, bears, miniature golf, the navy or music. Those sorts of things are abundantly available in these small burgs, where welcoming locals help travelers get the most out of their visit."
Cody ranked behind No. 1 Telluride, Colo., No. 2 Sisters, Ore. and No. 3 Red Lodge, Mont., which is only about an hour away from Cody in southern Montana. Williams, Ariz. Rounded out the top 5, and the second half of the list was populated with eastern towns like No. 9 Stowe, Vt.
Cody recently pulled down the ninth spot on a similar, though much more personal, list
compiled over nearly 40 years by a retired high school teacher. Top honors on that list went to Gettysburg, Pa., with its rich ties to American history.
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