Tombstone Stage Coach Ride Reviews
Too much information, about too many places, in too little time Apr 18, 2012
Tombstone is the most famous Wild West city in the history of the United States. Through the years, Hollywood has featured it in many movies, the most famous being “Tombstone” starring Kevin Costner. Nowadays, it exists only as a main street and enactments of what was. You will be amazed though at what is sold to tourists during visits to this historic Arizona town; definitely worth doing is the stage coach ride. The history of the town is summarized in a 15 minute ride. One wonders why a history so grim and spine chilling became the reason millions travel the world to visit this geographically limited city. Now this is not reason not to go as it makes for a great weekend day trip. You do not need a whole weekend, a day is all you need and you can then proceed to Bisbee for another Historic town in Arizona.
Early on, this was also one of the biggest cities west on the Mississippi River, it was here in Tombstone that the Clantons and the Earps had their famous gunfight. The gunfight is re-enacted at the OK Corral every hour in present day, for a small fee you can see the famous corral as well as the reenactment.
The highlights of the city include; the re-enactment of the famous gun fight at the OK Corral, touring the Bird Cage Theater, riding the old Butterfield stagecoach, visit the Boothill Graveyard, Arlene’s, Big Nose Cate’s.
With my sister visiting from Uganda, we decided to go on the Stage Coach Ride to get a summary history of the town. Riding on the old Butterfiled Stage Coach ridden by the giant Norwagean horses took us into the past. The ride took us through the town, highlighting the main buildings and areas of interest. Of course you do not have to go on this ride if history is not your thing, but the whole town itself is history, you can save $10. The only problem I had with the tour is that it was way too much information about too many places in such little time. The sing-song manner in which the tour guide speaks can be confusing for many people who have no understanding of the western way of speaking.
PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
Part of the 2012 Travels & Adventures! travel blog
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