Summer is coming. Vacation plans must be made. Hotels must be booked now before the out of staters get them all.

There are sure to be many hidden gem that will be missed by this article. Not to worry, there are more articles to come.

Some are pricey. Some are not. All are worth a visit if for nothing but the history alone.

The Historic Planes Hotel in Cheyenne has rooms starting at $93 a night and going up. It would take yeas to explain the history of this old place and it's guest list is a who's who of western lore.

The Wort Hotel in Jackson is pricey, as one might imagine, but very elegant and, despite it's age, has all the modern conveyances one needs.

The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel looks more like a big old house or a country Inn then a hotel. With Elk Mountain as it's backdrop there is a great view to be seen from every window.

There is no way to make a list like this without mentioning The Occidental Hotel in Buffalo. Another who's who of history and historic events on the edge of the Big Horn Mountains.

Sheridan Inn in Sheridan Wyoming might just have the biggest front porch in the state. The Sheridan Inn’s significance in our nation’s history lies primarily in its direct connection with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who developed and sold the concept of the Inn to the railroad. As part owner, he directed hotel management, and even auditioned new members for his touring company the “Wild West” show from the front porch.

On that note we can end without looking at Buffalo Bill Cody's own hotel in Cody Wyoming. The Irma was named after Buffalo Bill's daughter. The old restaurant and bar are still operational.Today, you can stay in historic rooms that housed some of the most famous personalities the world ever has known, including Frederic Remington, Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. You can even stay in Buffalo Bill's private suite. There are a host of other historic or non-historic rooms, all with up-to-date amenities and air conditioning.

So there you go. Book them before the tourist get all the rooms.