Douglas is a town in Cochise County, Arizona. While known primarily as a gateway to Mexico, its small downtown core has a few well-preserved examples of early 20th-century architecture. The town is also noted as the temporary residence of Thornton Wilder, who wrote most of his classic 1967 novel The Eighth Day while based here.

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Map of Douglas (Arizona)

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Douglas is most easily reached by driving Highway 80 or Highway 191 south from I-10.

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The town is pedestrian-friendly, and most sights and restaurants are within easy walking distance. There is no public transportation, so a car is needed to go further afield.

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Grand Theatre
  • 1 Grand Theatre, 1139 N G Ave, +1 520-364-6144. On the National Register of Historic Places, Ginger Rogers, Anna Pavlova, and John Philip Sousa all performed here. The theatre was closed in 1958, and after decades of neglect is undergoing a complete restoration. It is not yet open to the public, but the ornate facade can be appreciated from the outside.    
  • 2 Douglas Williams House, 1001 D Ave, +1 520-364-7370, . W 10AM-4PM, Sa noon-4PM. A small museum displaying historic photographs and memorabilia from the area.
  • 3 Border Air Museum, E 10th St and Airport Rd, +1 520-364-2478. Summer M-F noon-4PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. A small museum dedicated to the history of cross-border aviation in Douglas.

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Bronc rider at the Cochise County Fair
  • 1 Cochise County Fair, 3677 N Leslie Canyon Rd, +1 520-364-3819. all day. Held annually in late September. Attractions include animal exhibits, amusement rides, and rodeo events. $6 adult.

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As a gateway to Mexico, many visitors walk across the border to Agua Prieta for the day, which has a number of curio and souvenir shops.

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  • 1 Border Taco, 103 E 5th St, +1 520-364-6196. Daily 7:30AM-10PM. A very popular Mexican fast-food restaurant, with good burritos, flautas, and caldos (soups). The service can be a little disorganized, but the food is worth the wait. Burritos $3-6, soups $7.
  • 2 Chatitas Mexican Restaurant, 301 E 10th St (entrance on Pan American Ave), +1 520-364-1144. Daily 7:30AM-9PM. One of the most popular Mexican restaurants in town. Mains $8-12.
  • 3 El Chef, 1057 11th St, +1 520-364-5765. Su M 7AM-3PM, Tu-Sa 7AM-8PM. Good Mexican food, particularly popular for breakfast.
  • 4 Grand Café, 1119 G Ave, +1 520-364-2344. Serves Sonoran Mexican cuisine. Service can sometimes be a bit spotty, but the food is usually very good.
  • 5 La Fiesta Café, 1844 E 10th St, +1 520-805-0033. Daily 10AM-8PM. Excellent Mexican food, very friendly people.

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  • 1 Saddle & Spur Tavern, 1046 G Ave (Gadsden Hotel), +1 520-364-4481. Known for the assortment of cattle brands displayed on the walls. For a description of the hotel, see listing below.

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Mezzanine of the Gadsden Hotel
  • 1 Gadsden Hotel, 1046 G Ave, +1 520-364-4481, fax: +1 520-364-4005, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. A National Historic site which in its heyday hosted the likes of John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, and Thornton Wilder. It is widely believed to be haunted by several ghosts, one of them headless. The mezzanine features a 42-foot long Tiffany stained glass mural as well as an Italian marble staircase, and has featured in several films. $60-150/night.    
  • 2 Travelers Motel, 1030 E 19th St, +1 520-364-8434. Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM. An older but well-maintained motel. Has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi, as well as on-site restaurant. $39+.

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Routes through Douglas
WillcoxPearce  N   S    → becomes  Agua Prieta
BensonBisbee  W   E  → becomes  Ends at  

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