Arizona is a place of spectacular natural beauty and desert landscapes that eagerly awaits your visit. While most people associate the Grand Canyon with Arizona, and we admit that it is breathtakingly beautiful, there is so much more in this state begging to be discovered. Rich in Native American history, Wild West stories and so much more, Arizona has many hidden gem small towns that are ideal for a quick getaway.
Check out our list of the best small towns to visit in Arizona:
1. Tombstone, Arizona
Located in Cochise County, Tombstone is a notorious, historic, western town and actually was one of the last frontier boomtowns in the American Old West! Originally a mining hotspot, Tombstone was the largest productive silver district in Arizona. However, since that was long ago tapped dry, Tombstone mostly relies on tourism now and capitalizes on its fame for being the site of the Gunfight at the O.K Corral: a showdown between famous lawmen including Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and an infamous organized group of outlaws, the Cowboys.
Take a trip back to the Wild West and come to Tombstone to see the historic downtown and visit some of their saloons, immerse yourself in this frontier town and really picture what it was like to live here during the showdown. East Allen Street is worth exploring: its boardwalks are lined with shops, saloons and restaurants. Visit the Cochise County Courthouse and gallows yard, which is now a museum. Finally, don’t forget to check out the O.K Corral reenactment or attend the Helldorado Days festival. Bring those cowboy boots and hat and take a trip out of the city and back in time in Tombstone.