When high noon hits, everyone piles out of the saloon onto the street because they know some action is about to go down. Whether you like your history from Deadwood or Hell on Wheels one thing is for sure: Even drinking was wild in the Old West.
Fortunately, things have calmed down just enough to be civil. For a drink to remember, however, try one of these cool watering holes:
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, in Jackson, Wyoming is a classic Western saloon in a classic Western town. Inside, patrons mount actual saddles to sit at the bar. Outside, unbelievable views of the Tetons dominate the horizon.
If you happen to find yourself in Whitefish, Montana the Great Northern Bar & Grill is the place to stop. Whitefish is a classic stop on the Empire Builder Amtrack line, making the nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain train accessible.
For a drink at a bar that was once truly wild, head to Deadwood, South Dakota. The “Old Saloon No. 10″ is where Wild Bill Hickok is thought to have been shot during a game of cards.
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In tiny Fromberg, Montana is a bar that makes a trip worthwhile. The kitschy wateringhole is run by Owner Shirley Smith as a hommage to Montana’s cowboy tradition.
It’s hard to argue with the view from Main Street in Telluride, Colorado. If your throat’s parched, step into the New Sheridan Hotel Bar; the classy Victorian decor nearly matches the grace of the mountains outside.
After a long day of skiing, the classic No Name Saloon in Park City, Utah is the ideal place to unwind. The roof deck offers excellent views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Everything is bigger in Texas and this Fort Worth watering hole is no exception. At 127,000 square feet, Bill Bob’s is a contender for the title of biggest honkey-tonk in the world.
Glacier National Park in Montana is a hiker’s paradise. And when hikers finally come out of the mountains, they stop at the famous Freida’s West Glacier Bar.
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