Travel back to the Old West: Historic Tombstone, Arizona

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Advisor - Dale Remedio
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Dale Remedio

  • Arizona

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Founded in 1879, Tombstone, Arizona, is the perfect place for travelers that want to step back to a period when the west was wild. This town that's dubbed "Too Tough to Die" is a great day trip destination as it's only approximately one-and-a-half hours away from Tucson, Arizona. Tombstone is rich in American history and had retained that Old West charm. A day would give you ample of time to see the O.K. Corral which is the well-known site of one of the most infamous gunfights in history. Tombstone is also home of the original Bird Cage Theatre (c. 1881), Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone Epitaph which is the oldest continually published newspaper in Arizona, and ‘Lady Banksia’ Rose which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest rose bush.

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Where to stay in Arizona

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Things to do in Arizona

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I recommend to my guests to watch an introductory 30-minute movie offered by Tombstone Historama, watch a re-enactment of the O.K. Corral gunfight then trace where the famous gunmen (The Clantons and McLowrys) that died during the gunfight were buried in the Boothill Cemetery, visit The Epitaph Museum and grab a worthy souvenir, take a selfie with the world’s largest rose bush “Lady Banksia," ride a stagecoach through Allen Street, explore the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park and end a self-guided historical tour or join a ghost tour inside the Bird Cage Theater.

Places to eat & drink in Arizona

Men with hats and long coats standing outside a vintage saloon.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Tombstone and my top picks are:

  • O.K. Café - is a great and kid friendly option for breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Big Nose Kate’s Saloon Restaurant and Bar offers lunch, dinner or drinks and has plenty of space for adult group travelers.

  • For vegetarian travelers, in addition to O.K. Café, another good option is the Crystal Palace Saloon and Restaurant for lunch, dinner, or drinks.

  • Hitching Post Café – a grab and go café that’s family friendly with amazing hotdogs.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Arizona. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Emily Johnson's guide, Best Family Resorts in Arizona.

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