Tombstone and Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Tombstone and Saguaro National Park, Arizona

On a blisteringly hot and sunny June day in 2015 I visited historic Tombstone, Arizona. While some of its businesses are corny “Old West” tourist traps, the town overall seems delightfully frozen in time, a freeze-frame from the 1880s (or at very least the 1960s’ idea of the 1880s, as that is when the tourist traps all appear to be from, which in itself is historic now.) Horses and mules walk the dusty streets; buildings remain as they were then; people dress in western clothing. As the town motto states, it’s the “town too tough to die!” It’s a walkable downtown with lots to take in. An enjoyable visit, particularly for history buffs. And on the way back from Tombstone, I stopped by Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. The park is in two sections on either side of the city and features glorious cactus forests. A must-see when you’re in the area!

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