Sheridan, Wyoming Selected one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2011

Sheridan was selected for its vibrant Main Street commercial district, abundant recreational opportunities, and its authentic Western character, all set “in the shadow of the Big Horns.”

Online PR News – 16-February-2011 – – Sheridan Travel and Tourism
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SHERIDAN, Wyo.- Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Sheridan, Wyoming, one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Sheridan was selected for its vibrant Main Street commercial district, abundant recreational opportunities, and its authentic Western character, all set “in the shadow of the Big Horns.” From February 15 to March 15, the public can vote online for Sheridan or one of the other eleven towns as the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite.

For 11 years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and a commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

“Sheridan is a classic Western town, offering visitors a real taste of its ranching, farming and mining heritage, as well as contemporary theater, arts and dining opportunities,” said Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and shoppers alike will be amazed by Sheridan’s amenities, including hiking, hunting and fishing; archeological sites and public art; and top-notch purveyors of Western art and apparel.”

Downtown Sheridan boasts 46 turn of the 19th/20th-century brick and iron-clad storefronts that house a wide variety of successful retailers. While experiencing Sheridan’s frontier culture, visitors and residents can also enjoy its modern amenities, including an extensive pathway system linking many of the city’s parks and points of interest, a fleet of replica trolleys that provide guided tours of the city, and a range of interesting dining and entertainment options. Its stunning National Historic Landmark Sheridan Inn—a place where Buffalo Bill lived and auditioned performers for his Western act—is now heated and cooled by an environmentally sustainable geothermal energy system.

• Sheridan WYO Rodeo – part of the Million Dollar Tour of Professional Rodeos and a week-long, Western celebration in July that includes World Champion Indian Relay Races, street dances, bed and foot races, as well as a parade and a carnival.
• Don King’s Western Museum – a world-class collection of cowboy memorabilia and Indian artifact collections located with King’s Saddlery & Ropes, a complete Western tack store for outfitting cowboys, cowgirls and city-slickers (shot of whiskey across the street at Mint Bar’s century-old watering hole optional).
• Historic Sheridan Inn – home of Buffalo Bill, resident ghosts, and ongoing rehabilitation into 22 Buffalo Bill-character suites; a designated Save America’s Treasure site.
• Fort Phil Kearny, museum and battle sites – part of the Bloody Bozeman Trail, a National Historic Landmark; also visit the Battle of Little Bighorn site, just to the north of Sheridan.
• Wildlife Refuge – offers majestic views of elk and buffalo as they roam within their park home.
• The Big Horn Mountains – an adventurer’s playground for golfing, hiking, rock climbing, hang gliding, snowmobiling and skiing.
• Public Arts walking tour – featuring 28 bronze sculptures and other public art installations positioned along its downtown streets.

Any legal resident of the U.S., 18 years of age or older, can vote once per day for his or her favorite city or town on this year’s list. The winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 16, 2011. Voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay at any Historic Hotel of America. Visit for official rules, information about Historic Hotels of America, to learn more about this year’s destinations, and to begin voting!

To download high resolution images and video of this year’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit