Since I already hinted at a stop in the charming mountain town of Jerome, Arizona, I thought I’d go buck wild and kick off my recent Southwest road trip there, although it was technically our last stop. Diana and I went there on a whim (following a restaurant recommendation, of course), with zero expectations. As we climbed higher and higher towards this town that sits at more than 5,000 feet, my hands sweating as I rounded a few bends guarded by a barrier I just didn’t think was thick or high enough, I decided this was my first and last trip to Jerome. Diana drove the rest of the way! Once we were safely parked, however, we both fell in love with this historic mining town.
I’m so glad I didn’t read that Jerome is called “America’s most vertical city” until after our detour — I might have chickened out on the drive!
If I ever go back to Jerome, I’m told I have to eat at the Haunted Hamburger. Did I mention that they also call Jerome “the largest ghost town in America”?
Even though the town was founded in 1876, Jerome fell victim to three fires before 1900!
If you love the Wild West history of the Southwest, Jerome, Arizona is a must-see. It was once the wildest of the wild mining towns (nicknamed the “wickedest town in the west”) but is now an adorable throwback to simpler times.
Jerome’s tourist site has directions from major Arizona towns.
Have a safe drive! (Don’t look down…)
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