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With its historic downtown of Victorian buildings, tree-lined plaza, relaxed cafes and tree-covered mountainous backdrop, Prescott combines an outdoorsy sense of adventure with a friendly, easy-going vibe. You can be as active as you like or you can just chill out browsing the shops, galleries and bars - indeed, the town is famous for the latter at Whiskey Row! It's the sort of place where you can arrive with no plans but find yourself constantly entertained. And our guide to the best places to stay in Prescott is the best place to start.
At over 5000 feet above sea level, Prescott is surrounded by a landscape of forested slopes, granite mountains, lakes and rivers that begs to be explored. Here you can go hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking or act like a cowboy (or cowgirl) and go horse-riding amongst sage and mesquite. Indeed, Prescott is the home of the world's oldest rodeo usually held at the end of June and beginning of July.
As well as being a good base for the surrounding outdoorsy playground, the city is home to three of Arizona's finest museums: The Phippen Museum of Western Art, the Sharlot Hall Museum (the restored governor's mansion) and the Smoki Museum of Native American History with displays of pottery, weaving and basketry. Visit the latter in March to catch its Navajo Rug and Indian Art auction.
At some point you'll end up in Whiskey Row, named after the 40-plus saloons that were to be found here in the 19th century, and frequented by cowboys, miners plus assorted low-lifes. Although a fire in 1900 destroyed much of the area, it was soon rebuilt (with not quite so many bars, or brothels) and is still a vibrant area for drinking, dining, browsing galleries and people-watching. Time your visit for the monthly Friday Art Walk. Even if you miss that, our guide to the best places to stay in Prescott ensures you will always be in the right place to enjoy the city's finest.
For a '20s vibe
- With an art-deco style bar and restaurant, vintage lifts and live jazz, the Hassayampa Inn has bags of atmosphere - and great cocktails! Its 67 rooms, by contrast, are elegantly classical and relaxing.
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Hassayampa Inn 67 rooms from $86Prescott
A 1927 hotel located in the heart of the historic town of Prescott, Arizona. Rooms are elegant and classical with neutral tones and soft lines. Immerse yourself in the roaring 20's with vintage lifts, antique furnishings and live jazz in the lobby.Fishing - Fishing and boating are popular at Watson and Willow lakes close to downtown, and at Goldwater Lake, also within city limits.Full of characterDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Views - Great views from hotel