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Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

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Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

I want to take a weekend trip to Tombstone, AZ from San Diego, CA. and am looking for some advice from people who have been there!

Is 1 day/night enough time to see what there is to see?

What are things that I definitely should make sure I see/do while there?

Recommendations on where to stay overnight?

Is it better to fly or drive (7 hour drive one-way)? (I realize this is a personal opinion, since some people hate driving or flying but I mean is it worth the long drive?)

Anything else you can tell me to make this a great trip! :)


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1. Re: Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

If it was me I would drive. By the time you go to the airport, go through security, wait to board, fly, arrive, wait for luggage, get a rent car and proceed to Tombstone you've spent a lot of time (and money since gas is less than $2/gallon now).

Tombstone can be seen in a day and night. I would incorporate a visit to Bisbee (great mining days history), Kartchner Caverns, and possibly Tubac if you have the time. I spent a similar weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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2. Re: Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

Personally, I would fly, if the additional cost of the flight and car rental is not a factor.

1 day and night are sufficient.

What to see/do?

Bird Cage Theater Museum. There is a charge, but worth it.

Old Courthouse

Goodenough Mine tour

Boot Hill, of course.

If on the weekend, go to the Crystal Palace after dinner for C&W music, dancing, drinks, and people watching.

I have always stayed at the Trail Riders Inn, a small motel only 2 blocks from the Crystal Palace. It is small and clean, nothing fancy, and very reasonable.


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3. Re: Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

We used Tombstone as one of our stopovers driving from San Diego to Santa Fe. We stayed at the Larian Motel, & it was quite good. We arrived late afternoon so just went into town for dinner at the Longhorn resturant. The steak was good & quite cheap.

The next morning we had a wander around town, went to the courthouse & one of the gunfighter shows.

To be honest, we enjoyed it as a stopover but I don't know that I would drive there specifically as it is a long drive. You would probably be better to fly to Tucson Friday evening & rent a car for 2 days to explore more of the area as well. We would have liked to visit Bisbee, but didn't have time.

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4. Re: Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

I agree! Make sure you take the time to see Bisbee too. It is a great secret! Drive or Fly, it is going to be a long trip, I would leave 2 days for travel and at least one whole day and night to see the area.

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5. Re: Overnight Trip to Tombstone - Need Advice!

While Yahoo and Google maps may say it is a 7 hour drive, that's the normal amount of time to drive to Tucson, and then another 1.5 hours to Tombstone. Most of the drive is desert with little interest. I recommend flying.

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