"Small town, Big charm" Top 5 Page for this destination Prescott by treerose

Prescott Travel Guide: 84 reviews and 209 photos

If you want a place to go in Arizona that isn't sweltering hot (e.g., anything Phoenix or below), nor too cold (e.g., Flagstaff), and yet you're also looking to find a sense of culture, historical preservation, and community activities, Prescott is the place to go. If you've never experienced a town with its own charm, just go to the downtown section and park anywhere and walk around, browse the myriad of little shops, push open the old-fashion saloon doors to the Palace on Whiskey Row, step in and sit at the original wooden bar that is probably Arizona's oldest, and where the wait staff still dress in 1800s garb. Or drive almost any direction from there and you'll find yourself traversing a winding road to one of Prescott's many natural summits and surrounding mountains, with unique names that modify their shapes, like "Thumb Butte."
Often when people think of Arizona, they think of dirt and desert and cactus. At least I did. But Prescott is much more than that. In fact, cactuses are much less common than pine trees here in this "mile-high city." If rocks are more of your interest, Prescott again has plenty of different boulder structures, some like the Granite Dells, that are truly unique to this area, and encourage appreciation for natural erosion, or nature's own sculpting hand that carved a petrified history along the way.
Prescott encourages natural preservation and enjoyment; with 5 lakes, several campgrounds, and countless hiking trails, every outdoor-lover can find something to fill a day's time, ... and much more. For those who prefer to relax and watch the views from the car, Prescott affords many scenic drives to invoke serenity. If you've ever heard the description of "whispering pines," but have not experienced it for yourself, come to Prescott and go to any area of the Prescott National Forest. Step outside the car and you'll hear what it truly means for the pines to "whisper."

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  • Pros:Plenty of things to do;
  • Cons:Not enough time to do them!
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2003
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  • Apr 16, 2009 at 6:44 AM

    Have hiked it multiple times. Great place for rock scrambling when one deviates from the trails. Yesterday's (4/15/09) outing included no one else in the entire area.

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    Nov 27, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Thanks for a nice Prescott page. I loved the tip about the astronomy club as it is the kind of thing most visitors would miss. I hope to try the Williamson Valley Trail some time. The Peavine trail is great!!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    great tips, thanks!

  • Sep 22, 2006 at 12:50 PM

    Very poetic description of the lake. As is your picture. I didn't know that that part of AZ was mined for gold. Bobby :)

  • ger4444's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 8:57 PM

    nice pages thanx

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 11:10 AM

    Prescott looks great. Nice job on words and photos. Birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • Apr 11, 2005 at 11:53 PM

    what is quality of life like today to live in prescott currently /do you have a low crime rate in prescott/are property taxes low in prescott to buy homes around the area /how popular is indian gaming around prescott area for local people

  • Eric-Sabin's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2005 at 2:06 PM

    Very insightful. GREAT pictures !

  • timtrina's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 4:09 PM

    Beautiful sunset photos - lovely Prescott page!

  • toontraveller's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 3:05 AM

    Fab photos Theresa, I love Volcanoes but missed out on Arizona on my last trip. Next time eh... R


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