(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
Of course we had to make the obligatory stop at Tombstone. After all, what fan of old western movies can miss this opportunity.
We had a feeling it would be commercialized but had no idea just how commercialized. There is nothing to see and do unless you plan on spending money.
Head off the main drive one block to the 'preserved' area. The 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?' Watch the show for a fee. Visit the old theater? For a fee. Have your photo taken with a cowboy? For a fee. Be part of your own western shoot-out? For a fee.
You can at least take a photo of a stagecoach for free. Parking is free. And you can window shop for free. And there is no shortage of shops.
As far as we are concerned, we really spent much more time there than necessary. However, if you are traveling with children, and want them to have an chance to have some fun (although it will cost you), then a stop at Tombstone could be worthwhile.