If one makes a trip to Tombstone, Arizona, they might feel like they’ve just gone back in time. The infamous town where the O.K. Corral shootout took place back in 1881 continues to inspire visitors and locals to dress up in Old Wild West garb and reenact memorable moments of that iconic period.
It’s Still 1882 In Tombstone, Arizona
Located about 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Tombstone’s Western false-front buildings line a picture-worthy six-block historic area. It’s here that travelers can hop into scarlet-colored, horse-drawn stagecoaches and visit places like Wyatt Earp’s Oriental Saloon and the Birdcage Theater with their famous costumed cowboy shows.
Once there, you can easily forget the year is 2022 and not 1882. The town draws visitors and fans of the Wild West who use the opportunity to dress up like it’s 1882 all over again. In addition to the Saloon’s bartenders and professional actors who are always dressed up in their respective garb, many of the visitors also show up wearing Old West clothes.
Inspired by the Lore of the Wild West
It’s not all a game of dress-up, however. Drawing from the lengthy lore of the Wild West, locals have organized a wide range of activities to make things more realistic and extra engaging for visitors. From reenacting the famous O.K. Corral gunfight to visiting the Goodenough Silver Mine, the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, and the Boothill Graveyard sights, people can really sink into this iconic era where money, power, and justice were both plenty and none at the same time.
Tombstone is a small town where tourism has gradually become its main industry. There’s always something happening, either a cowboy show or a good ol’ Wild West dress-up fashion shows that visitors can take part in. Of course, it’s all pretend, but when everyone is doing it, it begins to really feel like you’re back in time.
As travel has become limited all over the world, people have started using their computers to “go out.” As exploring different locations through the internet becomes more and more popular, new virtual tours are being developed daily, and the latest one is that of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, the new tour reveals the amazing ecosystems of the reef for people across the globe.
The Great Barrier Reef Is Among the Most Complex Ecosystems in the World
The interactive journey of the Great Barrier Reef navigates virtual explorers through many breathtaking views, having the British historian David Attenborough as the guide. Online adventurers will receive useful and interesting information while observing stunning views, hundreds of species of coral, and more than 1,500 species of fish — all from the comfort of their own homes!
In an interview, Attenborough said that the reef is one of the most spectacular and complex ecosystems in the world, but that it’s also very fragile. During the introduction video, the historian explains how he dived the reef for the first time around 60 years ago, and it became a source of life-long fascination for him.
David Attenborough Shares Interesting Information About the Reef
During the tour of the reef, everything is explained to the viewer, from what the reef would sound like to the local fish to how coral grows. The effects that greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide, have on the reef are also described and explained. Attenborough hopes that this virtual tour will raise awareness regarding the reef, its beauty, and the importance of preserving it.
The virtual tour comes with a map that shows viewers how many kilometers they’ve traveled through the reef. Knowing that it takes around 2,300 kilometers or around 1,400 miles of the Australian coastline, people should consider the fact that it’s more than twice as big as any other coral reef around the world. Certainly, the reef is the home of views that are worth experiencing, even from the comfortable couch at home.