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Next time you plan a trip, consider visiting some of the Old West towns of legend – the homes of famous cowboys and infamous gunfights. Here are a few to add to your travel list.

Dodge City, Kansas

Made famous by the long-running TV series, Gunsmoke, this city has worked its way into America’s lexicon with the well-known saying, “Get out of Dodge.” Things to do when you get into Dodge include visiting the Boothill Museum to learn about the town’s history, taking a look at the Coronado Cross, having a drink at the historic Long Branch Saloon, and checking out the Gunfighters Wax Museum.

Durango, Colorado

This quintessentially cowboy city will wow you with its Rocky Mountain majesty and ability to take you back to the days of the Old West. There’s a deep history with the railroad here, and you’ll see that in the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been operating for 140 years. Historic downtown Durango offers endless opportunities to travel back in time, including wagon rides, history tours, and museums.

Tombstone, Arizona

It’s impossible to think about the Old West without imagining this famous home of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The city features a historical reenactment of that gunfight for tourists and you’ll find lots of saloons, restaurants, and museums along Allen Street, which will transport you straight into one of America’s most famous historical events.

Cody, Wyoming

Named for its founder, the famous cowboy Buffalo Bill Cody, this Wyoming city is known as the Rodeo Capital of the World. In addition to its rodeo fame, it happens to be in the heart of Yellowstone country, which means there will be plenty of outdoor adventure to be had. There are many guest ranches in the area, and you’ll find lots of opportunities to rope cattle, ride horses, and sit by a campfire under the stars.

Virginia City, Nevada

Just southeast of Reno lies this mining town known for the Comstock Lode – the first major discovery of silver ore in the country. It still showcases its Victorian buildings constructed in the 19th century. Visit the Washoe Club Haunted Museum (yes, it’s really haunted), the Delta Saloon, and Mackay Mansion.

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