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“Walk the street”
Review of Allen Street

Allen Street
Ranked #5 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Allen Street is the main business and Historic District/National Registry of Historic Places of the famous Old West town of Tombstone, Arizona. It's full of history having once been the main thoroughfare of Tombstone during the boomtown days, so has certainly seen plenty of sights in its time. Allen Street became famous for being at the heart of the action during the time of the Old West. It saw plenty of gunfights in its day, and continues to be the primary tourist destination for tourists and Tombstone visitors. Today, it attracts people from all over who are looking for the excitement and enchantment of the Wild West days. The first stop on any trip to Allen Street should be the Tombstone Visitor and Information Center, where people can pick up a map of the area along with all the information that they need to plan their day. After that, they can head on down the Street to see what they come across. Allen Street is home to plenty of attractions, one of the most notable being the O.K. Corral. The O.K. Corral is the site of the most famous gunfight of the Old West which took place on October 26, 1881. It has daily re-enactments of the fight and is also home to the Historama, a multimedia performance showcasing Tombstone's long and varied history. After that there's plenty to choose from, including the Tombstone Ghosts and Legends Tour, guaranteed to give everyone a chill, or the Birdcage Theatre. Visitors can ride along the dusty road on the Tucson Stage Line or Butterfield Stage Coach, and can enjoy travelling as it once was with the road being closed to all other traffic. There are lots of options in terms of food and drink as well including the Crystal Palace Saloon and Big Nose Kate's, and there are countless other souvenir and gift shops along the Street for visitors to find a memento of the day. And, the Street is an attraction in its own right, with western re-enactments often being performed by the Six Gun City Players. Allen Street is open daily and entry to the road itself is free, however admission fees and opening times are sure to vary with each individual attraction. Be sure to check with the attraction first for their terms and conditions, and it's worth checking with the visitor center if you want to know when any staged gunfights and the like will be taking place. A trip to Allen Street really gives people a chance to see what life was once like in the Old West. With plenty of attractions to choose from, as well as re-enactments of famous showdowns, visitors will truly get a glimpse into the history of the time. And, with everything so beautifully preserved it really feels like you're back in the days of the Wild West, which will appeal to history fans and general tourists alike. Allen Street is a must-see for any visit to Tombstone.
Deming, New Mexico
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“Walk the street”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Yes, it's a tourist trap, but it's also going back into history. Good bargains in some of the shops, interesting places to eat, stagecoach rides etc. Worth doing if your in the area.

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Total Tourist Trap But Worth It”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Allen Street is the main drag in the historic district. It is jumping during the daytime and dead at night. This is the place to start in Tombstone. Many shops and attractions. Also, there are several residents that walk the street in period correct attire and are happy to share their stories and answer questions about the old buildings. Many of the old saloons and brothels retain the same name but are now shops selling typical tourist fare. Good for a day trip. Also, we found that most of the places we patronized offered a military discount, so don't forget to ask.

Visited April 2013
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Minneapolis, MN
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“Sure it's a tourist trap”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

But it is certainly well done. Lots of free entertainment on the streets, and other attractions are tucked inside for the four or five blocks of the National Historic District. A lot of the buildings have been restored on the outside, and many of them restored on the inside as well. There are small plaques all of it down the street telling about the various buildings and personalities of old Tombstone. You will find the usual tourist schlock, but you will also find reproductions of. Costumes and hardware (a.k.a. firearms), plus some wonderful Native American art. If you like shopping, you can certainly start here, but if you came to Tombstone to see the sights, do THOSE things first. To me the street was more enjoyable before the 9 AM opening and after the 5 PM closing of most of these shops. There are fewer people on the street and the light is better for photographs, and you can still look in the windows.

Visited April 2013
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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“Going down hill fast”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

No dirt on the streets, no one in costume in the shops, now they have gotten rid of the "walk down"....the "Town to tough to die" is dying a slow painful death! Things not to miss are the Courthouse, OK Corral and the Bird Cage .... have a drink at Big Nose Kates and skip the rest...

Visited March 2013
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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“Shops and hops”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is a typical main street in an "old west" tourist town with lots of knick-knack, t-shirt, artifact and Indian craft stores; ice cream and sandwich shops; a scattering of vacant stores; old west characters hawking gun fights and stagecoach rides; and camera-toting tourists in flip-flops. It's a fun place to visit for an hour or so, especially with younger kids. We had been here a few times before and there's always something to catch our interest. This time it was the Silver Strike Winery tasting room. The folks there were very friendly and we tasted some new wines. There is a tasting fee and bottled wine is available for purchase.

Visited March 2013
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