Welcome to Historic Prescott, Arizona
An eclectic repository of bits of Americana, Prescott welcomes visitors from across the globe with a sense of familiarity, embracing them with a hometown feeling that provides casual comfort in this richly historic, yet progressive northern Arizona community.
Once the Territorial Capital of Arizona, Prescott showcases over 700 historic buildings including many fine examples of Victorian architecture. The Courthouse Town Square hints that it might be reminiscent of its Midwest designer's roots. On the square is the famed Whiskey Row, named for the 26 saloons that hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. Still today, there are many eateries and pubs preserving the tradition and entertaining locals and visitors alike.
Things to Do in Prescott, Arizona
Prescott is the geographic center of Arizona allowing day-trips to interesting sights both affordable and enjoyable.Explore the attractions below and be sure to plan an extra day to stand on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and behold one of the seven natural wonders of the world, just 3hours from Prescott through Northern Arizona's scenic byways.
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This Cowboy Competition has been preserving the spirit of the American Southwest since 1888, attracting cowpokes, cowgirls and fans from around the world. Held every year over the July 4th Independence Day weekend, the World’s Oldest Rodeo is the centerpiece of Prescott Frontier Days and there are numerous events throughout Prescott for the entire family to enjoy
More than 100 years ago, the 100 block of South Montezuma Street in Prescott, known as Whiskey Row, was lined with saloons that hosted Wild West cowboys, hearty homesteaders and bloodthirsty bandits. Today, it’s a remarkably preserved record of this time, and still home to dozens of saloons including the Hotel St. Michael, Bird Cage Saloon, Hooligan's, and the Jersey Lilly.
Offering cool relief from the desert below, the nearly 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest are brimming with outdoor recreation opportunities. The outstanding climate allows year-round opportunities for picnicking, fishing, nature photography, scenic drives, mountain climbing, hiking, and horseback riding and more.
Noted Prescott painter-sculptor George Phippen was the co-founder and first president of the Phippen Art Museum that's bears his name. The museum hosts several major art shows featuring the art of the American west by American cowboys. The Memorial Day weekend art show is the favorite of collectors from across the globe.
Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo, the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. Irreplaceable collections of prehistoric and contemporary pottery, prehistoric jewelry and stone artifacts are housed in the Smoki Museum and museum collections also include amazing examples of authentic Native American basketry and kachinas from throughout the southwest. Kate Cory's numerous photographs, paintings and documents are among the most prized possessions of the Smoki Museum.
Prescott's largest museum complex displays thousands of historic photographs and Native American artifacts that provide insight into the earlier ways of life in the Prescott area. Two extremes of early architecture are showcased in the handsomely restored Bashford home from the Victorian era, and the Territorial Governor's simple log cabin. The Sharlot Hall Museum stages living history events and outdoor theater performances throughout the year.
Rail excursions take visitors along the Verde River, over bridges, past crimson cliffs into the heart of Sycamore Canyon. Go thought a 600 foot man-made tunnel and see Arizona wildlife in their natural habitat including our national symbol, the America Bald Eagle. An Educational and entertaining experience.
If you're feeling lucky, Cliff Castle Casino has been voted the number one casino in Arizona for several years in a row and offers a variety of gaming choices, food, fun and live entertainment. Good Luck!
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
A terrific spot for picnicking, fishing, bird watching and spending the day with the family.
Take a trip back in time to the old mining town of Jerome, perched high on Cleopatra Hill, and now a thriving artists’ colony. The Jerome State Historic Park museum recounts the mining history so important to early Arizona. The old time mining town of Jerome, includes restaurants, antique shops, a ghost mine and even the fantastic and spooky Asylum Restaurant.
A true Western experience that the entire family will enjoy. A Real chuckwagon cowboy dinner is followed by an hour-long Western stage production that includes delightful cowboy music, storytelling, comedy, and surprises. Plus there are pony rides, a shooting gallery, train ride, horseshoe pits, a mechanical roping horse, friendly farm animals and an Olde Tyme photo studio - something for everyone in the family
You might not expect it, but Arizona is home to more than 40 wineries and vineyards. In fact, the area surrounding Prescott is known as the “Verde Valley” and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the county’s up-and-coming wine regions. The area’s premier wineries are: Echo Canyon
, Jerome Winery
, Javelina Leap
and Granite Creek
Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos
Located within a mile of our hotel, Bucky's and Yavapai Casinos are sites of non-stop action and legendary payouts, featuring more than 500 of the most exciting and entertaining slot machines in Arizona. The casinos also feature onsite dining, live entertainment and special events.
Prescott, AZ Points of Interest