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Cowboys ride down a street in Tombstone, Ariz. (Credit: Alamy/Danita Delimont)

Cowboys ride down a street in Tombstone, Ariz.

Old West vacations

You may not want to have lived during the Wild West years, but to visit -- and spend the night in -- a restored boomtown is a sensual and educational treat for any 21st century adventure-seeker.

Gerry Jay, left, takes photos of her friend
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Gerry Jay, left, takes photos of her friend Rosie Pudish at Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, Ariz.

The rear entrance to the O.K. Corral in
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The rear entrance to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. (April 21, 2010)

A re-enacted a shootout in Tombstone, Ariz.
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A re-enacted a shootout in Tombstone, Ariz.

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Cowboys ride down a street in Tombstone, Ariz.
(Credit: Alamy/Danita Delimont)

Cowboys ride down a street in Tombstone, Ariz.

Patrons watch a gunfight performance by the Helldorado
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Patrons watch a gunfight performance by the Helldorado Town Mavericks at a set in Tombstone, Ariz. (April 12, 2005)

Actors portraying Wyatt Earp (foreground), Police Chief Virgil
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Actors portraying Wyatt Earp (foreground), Police Chief Virgil Earp (second from left), Morgan Earp (left), and, from center to right, Ike Clanton and brothers Frank and Tom McLaury during a performance of "The Tragedy at the O.K. Corral" at the shootout site in Tombstone, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2011)

A stagecoach takes visitors on a tour around
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A stagecoach takes visitors on a tour around downtown Tombstone, Ariz. (Oct. 14, 2005)

Visitors play Texas Hold'em in Deadwood, S.D.
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Visitors play Texas Hold'em in Deadwood, S.D.

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Tourists visit the grave of Wild Bill Hickok
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Tourists visit the grave of Wild Bill Hickok at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, S.D. (May 19, 2004)

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