The historic Hassayampa Inn has been gracing downtown Prescott since 1927. — Photo courtesy of Hassayampa Inn
Prescott has a thriving cultural scene, great dining and shopping options, and a wide range of recreational attractions. Here are some Prescott highlights to explore for the perfect day trip.
Exploring One of Arizona’s Most Historic Cities
Prescott has more than 637 buildings and more than 60 objects listed in the National Register of Historic Places–more than any other community of its size in Arizona. There’s no better place to explore the history of Prescott than at The Sharlott Hall Museum, an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is located on the site of Arizona’s first territorial governor’s mansion, with nine more historic buildings also located on the museum campus. The extensive collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts is fascinating. The museum also presents historical theater productions at the Blue Rose Theater. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley Street, 928-445-3122.
Listen to the Whispering Pines at Prescott National Forest
This vast pine tree forest–stretching over 1.25 million acres–offers visitors more than 450 miles of recreation trails. History buffs will want to explore the General Crook Trail, a National historic Study Trail. The forest is also home to one National Recreational Trail, the rugged Granite Mountain Trail. Five lakes, seven picnic areas, and a handful of campgrounds make this the perfect destination for nature-lovers and adventurers. Prescott National Forest, 344 S. Cortez Street, 928-443-8000.
Dine at Prescott’s Premiere Historic Hotel
The Peacock Room at the historic Hassayampa Inn is a quintessential Prescott dining room, full of history and perfect for a special occasion, or leisurely meal with friends. The Art Deco setting features carved wood ceilings and wainscoting, making this a gracious and romantic spot for enjoying Executive Chef Jason Perkin’s culinary creations. This is also one of the best steakhouses in town, with a special slow roasted prime rib au jus served on Friday and Saturdays. The Peacock Room at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E Gurley Street, 800-322-1927.
Shop, Drink and Be Merry on Whiskey Row
Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott was once a hotbed of cowboys, gamblers, and drinkers. Today, you’re more likely to find locals and tourists mingling at one of the local antique shops, restaurants, and saloons. The historic street is lined with a diverse selection of antique shops, sundry shops, cafes, and bars. With over 20 venues that offer live music, most without a cover charge, Whiskey Row is also a great place to come dance. Whiskey Row, 100 block of South Montezuma Street.