Itinerary: Adventures with Buffalo Bill

No one figure personifies the frontier spirit better than William F., “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the West’s most colorful showman, army scout, and buffalo hunter. And there is no better place to learn about him than North Platte, Nebraska.

Buffalo Bill called North Platte home for more than 40 years of his life. His mansion and barn still exist here today! Come learn about Buffalo Bill’s life and much more of the ‘wild west’ history of our great state with a trail ride through the park. No better way to learn than to saddle up and do it yourself!

Buffalo Bill Scout's Rest
Day 1
The Coffee Bin

1800 E. 12th Street
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 534-4645

Start your adventure the way that Buffalo Bill did all those years ago, with some caffeine!

Disclaimer: This is not a historic fact, Buffalo Bill might have been more of a tea person, but we choose to believe he needed a piping hot cup of joe before trailblazing the Wild West.

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

2921 Scout's Rest Ranch Road
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 535-8035

Your first stop is the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, located on 16 acres of land that was originally the 4,000-acre spread known as Scout's Rest Ranch. The primary home of Buffalo Bill from 1886 to 1913, the park features Cody’s second Empire-style mansion and the barn originally used as a stable to house horses. Now, the park is filled with a number of Cody’s own possessions and years of Wild West history to take in.

Good Life on the Bricks

402 N. Dewey Street
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 252-1044

It may not be the double-doored canteen that Buffalo Bill might’ve frequented, but you certainly won’t leave Good Life on the Bricks in an empty stomach.

Trail Rides with Dusty Trails Outfitters

2617 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 530-0048

Saddle up for a trail ride through the backroads of Scouts Rest Ranch and see Buffalo Bill Cody’s world from his point of view, from the saddle of a horse.

Pal's Brewing Company

4520 S. Buffalo Bill Avenue
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 221-6715

Fuel up at Pals Brewing Company with a refreshing craft beer, a house-crafted pizza and a Pal’s churro.

Fort Cody Trading Post

221 Halligan Drive
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 532-8081

Step through the doors and back in time at Fort Cody Trading Post. Watch a reenactment of the “Wild West Show” performed by 20,000 hand-carved miniatures, explore Fort Cody Village and meet a two-headed calf.

North Platte Lodging Options

North Platte, NE
United States

Scout's Rest Ranch
Day 2
Espresso Shop

419 N. Dewey Street
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 534-9550

Begin day two with a doppio, drip coffee or whatever caffeinated beverage that you prefer; also enjoy a breakfast item from the Espresso Shop’s made-to-order menu.

Lincoln County Historical Museum

2403 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 534-5640

They say the best way to learn is to do. As you stroll the streets of the restored Old West town and browse the museum’s artifacts, imagine what life was like in west-central Nebraska all those years ago when many Native American tribes called this land their home and pioneers arrived on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails.

Pop Corner

1847 W. A Street
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 532-0323

Pop in at Pop Corner for a quick lunch and grab a bag of their locally sourced popcorn for the road.

Grain Bin Antique Town

10641 S. Old Highway 83 Road
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 539-7401

Head southeast of North Platte and shop the 20 restored granaries filled to the brim with vintage antiques.

Switchyard Grill & Pub

520 N. Jeffers Street
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 221-6688

Sit down for a hearty, home-cooked meal at Switchyard Grill & Pub and sink your teeth into a New York Strip or savory glazed pork chop.

Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center

1249 N. Homestead Road
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 532-9920

End the day at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest classification rail yard in the world. With nearly 10,000 railcars being sorted at the yard every day, this fascinating attraction gives you a glimpse at the complex and important role the railroad played in Westward Movement and modern society.

North Platte Lodging Options

North Platte, NE
United States

Grain Bin Antique Town