Apologies this is a bit long, but you will understand why.
As planned, we bought our $80 Eagle Annual Pass and drove 2,000 miles up from Washington DC to discover that we arrived the day after the Federal Government shutdown occurred. Everyone in Yellowstone National Park had already been given 48 hours notice to vacate the park. Our plans to spend 3 days in the park were decimated, even our planned exit through Cokeville to Thayne afterwards, was prevented.
We couldn't have asked for more helpful or apologetic staff. The AmericInn at Cody is a very comfortable place with good quality rooms in a very convenient location.
Best Buy left us without the tablets we had ordered so, WiFi access was useless for us. However, access to the guests PC in the reception area proved to be priceless!
The abandonment of Yellowstone was further fuelled with the forecast that a snow storm was developing so, we arrived at the peak of the mass exodus! To avoid being stranded, we spent until 4am of our 1st night, on the guests PC in the hotel foyer trying to change our route and book new accommodation. For hundreds of miles around, everything was either emptying or full / rapidly filling, with online accommodation prices doubling before your eyes.
Tired and exasperated we succumbed to our clean and warm, comfortable twin Queen bedroom.
Following breakfast we spent several hours feverishly reorganising our route, cancelling reservations and booking our hotel in Rawlins.
The AmericInn staff were very understanding throughout our stay: giving us assistance and advice on what to do and they were very flexible on revising the length of our stay without surcharge.
We awoke on the 3rd October - a few inches of snow had fallen overnight - the forecast - significantly more to come. I got chatting to one of the few guests still in the hotel at breakfast, he suggested we avoid Casper, as snow blocked Routes 20/26 & 487.
We left just after 8am on a relatively straight 262 mile / 4.5 hour trip. Driving cautiously on ice covered roads, we made steady progress via Meeteetse, arriving just over half distance in Riverton. We stopped briefly for a burger lunch, only to discover our proposed route 287/789 was closed. It was just before noon, a major 'dogleg' now took us via Rock Springs. Instead of the original 2 hours / 123 miles to go, we now faced a further 4 hours and 247 miles. Our luck and déjà vous made us laugh, on a couple of occasions when following a snow plough as it fought to keep treacherous roads open. Barely a minute behind an overturned lorry on the I80, we avoided the tail-back and finally arrived at our destination just before 7pm, a mere 10.5 hours after our departure. We were delighted though, that night a further 9 inches of snow fell in Yellowstone and 24 inches fell in Rapid City - we narrowly avoided getting stranded in between, at Cody!
The only negative thing about the AmericInn: we had no alternative, but to decrease our stay from 4 to 2 nights because Yellowstone Park was closed - a real shame as this is an ideal base... but we will return!
Cody is a very friendly place and being a reasonable sized town, good amenities are available.
Staff at the AmericInn even recommended us to the Rib and Chop House on Sheridan Avenue, we had a great evening and one of the best steaks ever, served by the lovely Lisa.
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- Also Known As:
- Americinn Hotel Cody
- Cody Americinn Hotel