Prescott Day Tour
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Prescott: An Arizona Gem
Prescott is a destination that transcends the Arizona archetype. No sweltering summers or miles of cactus covered moonscape. The town’s mile-high location in the Grand Canyon State’s central highlands brings four mild seasons, an average annual daytime temperature of about seventy degrees, and over 300 days of sunshine. Just ninety miles north of bustling metro Phoenix, Prescott is nestled comfortably against the Prescott National Forest. From art to artifacts, Prescott’s history is well documented. Numerous local museums like Sharlot Hall, the Phippen, and Smoki house highly regarded traveling and permanent Territorial Days, Victorian Era, Native Indian, and western art collections. Back in 1864, Prescott became the first capital of the Arizona Territory. In those days, the town was anchored by the infamous "Whiskey Row" with shady ladies and wild west iconic guests like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Adding to the cultural experience are over 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Mount Vernon Street characterizes Prescott's numerous Historic Districts. It's one of those dreamy, tree-lined thoroughfares bordered by meticulously restored Victorian homes. A walk or drive along this street is a must. The downtown plaza is the proverbial heart of Prescott. During the summer months, the elm shrouded venue beats to five nights of free, live entertainment. The plaza is so special, it's been honored as one of the Top Ten Public Spaces in the United States by the prestigious APA (American Planning Association). But what's really catching the attention of the tourist trade these days is Prescott's outdoor recreation menu. With five scenic lakes and a network of more than 450 miles of groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails winding through the city and into the adjacent Prescott National Forest, the press has tabbed Prescott as a "Top Outdoor Adventure Town."