updated 6/8/2005 7:45:52 PM ET 2005-06-08T23:45:52

Still looking for an idea for this summer's vacation travel? How about taking in an event that started in the 19th century and symbolizes the Old West, and that also gives you an introduction to the scenery that abounds in Wyoming.

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Reserve that rental RV you've been wanting to try out or make your plane reservations for Cheyenne Frontier Days - - coming up on July 22-31. Take in concerts by Tim McGraw or Ted Nugent and watch cowboys vie for $1 million in prize money riding bulls and broncos. Click on "How to CFD" for the schedule, directions and help finding places to stay or to park that RV.

They call the Cheyenne rodeo the "Daddy of 'em All," founded in 1897 and the world's largest. For the granddaddy, look to Arizona's Prescott Frontier Days - - founded in 1888.

See what else there is to do while you're in Cheyenne - - by clicking on the Web site's "Things to Do" and then "Attractions." You'll find things to see and do such as the Old West Museum and the restored Cheyenne Depot Museum where Union Pacific Railroad trains once stopped. There's even a Cowgirls of the West Museum. And if you do plan to rent an RV, or if you have your own land yacht, "Places to Stay" lists RV parks and campgrounds.

Next, you could head west across the mountains on Interstate 80 to Laramie - - which touts itself as an Outdoor Town with an Outlaw Past. Depending on the season, you can ski, fish, hike or stay at a guest ranch. Open the "Quick Navigation" menu and click on "Attractions" to pick up information on the Wyoming Territorial Prison and its historic downtown.

If the mountains beckon, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests - - offer vast expanses of hiking, camping, rafting, hunting, fishing and sightseeing possibilities in the region.

You could also admire the mountains from a distance as you head up U.S. 30 and Wyoming 487 to Casper - - where you need to click on "Visitors" to learn about the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center museum, old Fort Caspar and outdoor recreation ranging from fishing to skydiving.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, there are endless possibilities for road trips. America's Byways - - has directions for tours including the Cloud Peak Skyway and the Beartooth Highway.

On more mundane routes, keep watch for some of the oddities catalogued by Roadside America - - including the enigmatic jackalope.

And before you go, check in with Wyoming Travel & Tourism - - to see what else you can in Cheyenne's corner of the state and elsewhere, including Yellowstone National Park.

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