Buffalo, both living and dead
Oddly enough, the city of Denver owns its own buffalo herd — direct descendants of the last wild buffalo herd in America. They’re kept behind fences about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of town on Interstate 70, where an overlook near Exit 254 offers great opportunities to photograph the creatures with the Rocky Mountains on the horizon. Legend has it that the beasts come closer to the road and are best seen in cold weather, but year-round shots are possible. On your way there, stop by the gravesite of famed Western entertainer Buffalo Bill Cody. The showman’s grave overlooks Denver and is an easy and picturesque stop off Exit 256. A nearby museum charges $5 for displays about Buffalo Bill’s career, but your Buffalo Bill nostalgia money is better spent on a drink back in Denver. Linger, at 2030 W. 30th Ave., is a bar and restaurant with a fabulous rooftop patio at the former site of the mortuary where Buffalo Bill’s body reportedly spent six months after his death in 1917 while heirs argued over where to bury the famed bison hunter.