Between its strikingly diverse landscape that ranges from lush forests to vast canyons, its quaint small-town atmosphere, and its numerous activities and attractions, Prescott is a wonderful place to visit and experience the charm of Northern Arizona.
Below, you’ll find a brief guide that we’ve put together on just a few of our favorite Prescott attractions. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we’ve included some stops that you’d be sorry to miss. Read on to learn more about the attractions that await you in this intriguing city!
This iconic plaza in the center of downtown Prescott is home to the Yavapai Courthouse, which was named one of the “Ten Great Public Spaces” by the American Planning Association. The plaza has ample grassy areas and statues of renowned local historical figures. Additionally, there are outdoor events hosted in the plaza all year long, from concerts and art shows to an elaborate Christmas setup.
Across the street from Courthouse Plaza is the famous Whiskey Row, which contains a collection of eclectic bars, while boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and more have accumulated around the plaza.
A landmark distinct to Prescott that can be easily seen from downtown, Thumb Butte is a fascinating place to go on a quick hike. While the hike is steep (with an elevation gain of nearly six hundred feet), it’s a short hike—less than two miles round-trip. It’s one of the most heavily traversed trails in Prescott National Forest, with over three thousand visitors making the loop each month. Steeper sections are paved, and the stroll through the ponderosa pines and the scenic natural panorama usually takes about an hour and a half. Thumb Butte is one of the top Prescott tourist attractions, and you won’t want to miss it!
Sharlot Hall Museum
Founded in 1928 by the frontier poet Sharlot Hall (who was the first female public official in the Arizona Territory as the territorial historian), Sharlot Hall Museum has exhibits on the cultural history of the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, as well as exhibits on aspects of daily life during Arizona’s days as a territory, including ranching, mining, and firefighting.
The museum also houses a pioneer village that includes the original Governor’s Mansion built in 1864, the home of the fifth territorial governor John Charles Fremont, and replicas of both a ranch house and a school house from the time period.
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