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."
At the turn of the century, saloons lined the street. Prescott's Whiskey Row is a favorite for both locals and visitors alike. From The Galloping Goose to the Hotel St Michael, you'll find a variety of stores sure to please and you'll almost think you hear the distant sounds of old time saloon music as you stroll down this historic piece of Prescott, Arizona.
Today, The 100 block of South Montezuma Street in Prescott, Arizona has long been known as Whiskey Row, for the numerous saloons that once lined the street. Today, Whiskey Row hotspots include the Hotel St. Michael, Bird Cage Saloon, Hooligan's, and the Jersey Lilly.
Sharlot Hall Museum the largest museum in central AZ, dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history. Founded in 1928, it offers festivals, living history events, theater, exhibits, etc.
The route itself is about 8/10 of a mile long and offers relatively easy walking. Tour participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early and be fully prepared with comfortable walking shoes, plenty of drinking water and a protective sun hat. Bottled water is sold inside the chamber office for $1. Reservations for the free (donations appreciated) walking tours are requested for parties of eight or more. Special tours can be arranged with chamber officials at a cost of $2 per person, which is donated to the Visitor Information Center to support local tourism. Questions about the walking tours can be directed to the chamber volunteers at 928-445-2000 or by stopping by the Visitor Information Center. A complete schedule of the tours also is available online at www.prescott.org.
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