Southern Arizona’s ghost towns
The West remains wild in southern Arizona’s ghost towns and dusty deserts, said Paul Cloutier in Everywhere. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday once “strode down Fremont Street” in Tombstone on their way to a gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Relics of the town’s “rowdy past” include Boot Hill cemetery and the Crystal Palace saloon, where the cardsharp Doc used to hang out. Bisbee, an old copper-mining town nearby, is less touristy. Built into the side of a mountain, it looks “exactly as it must have in its heyday,” with brick buildings seemingly stacked, willy-nilly, atop one another. One of the best-preserved ghost towns is Ruby, where the admission price pays to mend fences and fix buildings. More than 300 Westerns, including Rio Bravo and The Outlaw Josey Wales, were filmed at the Old Tucson Studios just outside town, in the cactus forests of Saguaro National Park.
Georgia’s Island paradise
Cumberland Island is one of the last places along the U.S. coastline “that one might accurately term unspoiled,” said Guy Trebay in Travel + Leisure. Renowned for its deserted beaches, the island is “the largest and most southerly of Georgia’s Sea Island chain,” and is reached by ferry from north Florida or the Georgia mainland. There’s only one road and one hotel—the Greyfield Inn, formerly the house of Thomas Carnegie, brother of Andrew, who originally purchased most of the land. Life at the 10-bedroom hotel “revolves around the civilizing rituals of cocktails and meals,” and guests are rapidly lulled into the delightful illusion that the island is their very own. Guided tours lead through swamps that are home to 335 species of bird, including both golden and bald eagles. Among other inhabitants are 120 feral horses.