Named after the Native Americans who wandered the landscape long before the Union Pacific Railroad tracks led the way west, Cheyenne, Wyoming, has a decidedly western flair. The city’s centerpiece is the Wyoming Capitol, built in 1887. Its dome, covered in gold leaf and rising 146 feet into the Wyoming sky, can be seen from most streets entering Cheyenne, including interstates 80 and 25. Motels tend to be situated along both of these major roadways.
Little America Hotel and Resort
Traveling to Cheyenne from the west along Interstate 80 takes you across miles of open prairie, but all of a sudden you will find yourself driving toward a combination truck stop, cafe, hotel and gift shop. The 80-acre conglomerate is hard to miss. Yes, Little America bills itself as a hotel and resort and thanks to an updated look and more amenities, it does qualify, but this chain was created to service travelers who wanted to see the United States by car and for truckers hauling goods from one coast to the other. Repair shops, truck washes, convenience stores and a travel information center are part of the package. Cheyenne’s Little America Hotel and Resort might have rooms with a refined European look, a swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course, but the rates are still reasonable, the parking is free and the property remains an oasis for those who travel America’s highways.
La Quinta Inn Cheyenne
La Quinta Inn Cheyenne is on the western edge of town, just off Interstate 25. It shares this area with properties like the Hampton Inn Cheyenne and the Holiday Inn Express. The motel is moderately priced, welcomes pets with a deposit and is less than two miles from the Capitol. La Quinta offers 105 rooms on three floors, an outdoor swimming pool, free parking and complimentary breakfast in the room rate. Nearby area restaurants include the Village Inn, the Crossroads Cafe and the Snack River Pub & Grill. The Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Express are a bit more upscale, both offering business and fitness centers.
Candlewood Suites Cheyenne
Hotels are more commonly found in the downtown area than motels. The Candlewood Suites Cheyenne is sort of a hybrid, offering the moderate rates and convenient free parking associated with motels with the more upscale rooms and amenities of a hotel property. All rooms offer fully equipped kitchens and are suitable for short- or long-term stays. There is no pool, but you can still get a workout in the on-site fitness center and barbecue a steak at the gazebo grill. The Wyoming State Capitol and the historic downtown section are two miles west. Nearby restaurants include Cloud Nine, Poor Richards, Burger King and Pizza Hut, all within blocks of the property.
Springhill Suites Cheyenne
Just south of downtown alongside Interstate 80, the Springhill Suites Cheyenne offers 92 suites on three floors. The off-white stucco and brick exterior is a bit understated, but the guest suites and the breakfast area are decorated with bold colors and clean-lined contemporary furnishings. All suites offer kitchenettes and separate sleeping areas. Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or work out those traveling kinks in the hot tub or the on-site fitness room. Meeting space and a business center are available on site. Start your day at the breakfast buffet, included in the rate, before heading downtown, less than two miles away. Nearby restaurants include the Tortilla Factory, Shadows Pub and Grill and the Twin Dragon, all within a two-mile radius.
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