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Prescott Highlights

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     Plenty of things to do; 

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     Takes awhile to get there 

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     It's a new city in an old west town 

Prescott Things to Do

  • Art For All!

    This is a town and community sponsored mural that is well done. To bad it is tucked away in an alley. Described as the first community infused and democratically elected mural, it was completed in September 2007.The mural was designed by R.E. Wall, Margaret Dewar and a mosaic artist, Mary Schulte along with input from Prescott citizens. It is a...

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  • Whiskey Row

    This is the center of town today as it was over 100 years ago. There area is smaller now and has many souvenirs mixed in with the bars. Still an interesting walk and where a good amount of night life takes place. Nothing really special as far as that goes but it is a celebrated area for Prescott because it is a big part of the wild west history.

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  • Yavapai County time line

    Take notice of the sidewalk in front of the Yavapai County courthouse. This timeline list important dates that happened in Yavapai County over the past 430 years. It starts from 1581 and the last posting is from 1985. I guess nothing important has happened in the last 30 years.Interesting to see some of the events through time. Worth taking a few...

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  • Court House Green

    In the center of Prescott is the Yavapai County Court House. Around the courthouse is a beautiful park area. There are plenty of benches and I nice shaded place to relax. The park as several monuments and a timeline of Yavapai County history. There is also a plaque in the grass in memory of the community dog, Mike.

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  • WATSON LAKE - Must See! For just $2

    February 2013 The Jumping Family was in Prescott, and I was looking at the map of Prescott and saw "bodies of water" on the map, but what stood out was Watson Lake. After googling it, it looks like a lot of people have enjoyed going there before...and so off we went!It is located just 4 miles from downtown Prescott and the greatest thing is that...

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  • Tour the Candle Factory

    The Armadilla Wax Works Candle Factory has big windows looking into the factory so everyone in the store can see the people pouring the candles. The workers pour liquid wax into molds, there is a large turning table so they pour a couple of candles, then turn the table and pour and few more and so on.Another person has a small torch and uses it on...

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  • Watson Lake

    When one talks of Prescott, the last thing to come to mind is water sports or water based activities. However, on a recent road trip to Northern Arizona with my family, we made a one night stop at Prescott. We toured the small historic city, spent a night at the Best Western, then decided to have a morning activity before heading back on the...

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  • Wine Tasting at Granite Creek Vineyards

    Must see, must do! Wine is delicious, staff is friendly and the grounds are beautiful. I never go to prescott without spending an afternoon at the Winery. Granite Creek Vineyards is just about 15-20 minutes from downtown Prescott and totally worth the drive. My husband and I love it so much we even got married there last year!The website is...

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  • Fremont House

    As a resident of Fremont 'center of the universe' I was of course excited to find a Fremont House way out here in Arizona. But it turns out there is no connection between the two. My Fremont is named after a town somwhere in Nebraska while the Fremont House in Prescott is named for the famous rascal and fool John C. Fremont who was Arizona's first...

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  • living history

    While visiting Sharlot Hall you may have the opportunity to see one of the 'living history' programs that focus on life in Arizona between 1864 and 1867 when Prescott was the terrirotiral capital. The ladies here were preparing a tasty meal of buiscuits and stew while entertaining us with stories of life and cooking in the Old West.

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  • Whiskey Row

    Across the street from the Yavapai County Court House is the area known as Whiskey Row. There used to be 50 bars and saloons along this road. Today there are still some fine bars here; but they are mingled with trendy shops, bistros, and other businesses. Two of the better bars currently on Whiskey Row are The Birdcage and The Jersey Lilly. The...

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  • Granite Creek

    Prescott was originally settled by people camping along Granite Creek. This was one of the few reliable sources of water in the area.

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Prescott Restaurants

  • Nice tea selection

    I am not a coffee drinker but I saw that Wild Iris has a tea selection. When I went in I was surprised at how much loose leaf tea they have. Inside is very nice, inviting and peaceful. The staff are very friendly and I was served very fast.As I stated they have loose leaf tea. After you select the tea you want they will place it in a tea bag. They...

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  • Most historic saloon

    The Palace is one of my favorite places in Prescott. I have eaten a good amount of hamburgers here. I've never sat at a table, always at the bar. The Palace Saloon was built sometime around the 1870's. It has suffered complete destruction by fire several times over the years since then.In 1996, the saloon was reconstructed to fit the style and...

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  • Sweet owner!

    Very small shop on the sub level of the St. Michael Hotel. Sweet older lady making some baked goods. I went in for two chocolate chip cookies. Grama couldn't break my $20 and that's all I had. So she gave me the cookies for free. She said she gives cookies to little boys all the time she can give one to a big boy too. Sweet lady. I told her I would...

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  • Great for lunch!

    El Gato Azul is a nice little bar restaurant. I love going here for lunch. They call themselves a World Bistro. I like the sound of that and the menu fits right in.I loved the patio dinning on the side of the restaurant but the interior has very limited seating.I ordered the Southwest Turkey Wrap which has Oven Roasted Turkey, avocado, crisp bacon,...

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  • Nice Family Restaurant

    JB's has a pretty varied menu and a pleasant family atmosphere. I sat in a confortable booth. Service was good too. I ordered the "All You Can Eat Catfish and Shrimp". It included a soup and salad bar. The food was well-prepared and tasty. It was only $9.99 too. All You Can Eat Catfish and Shrimp

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  • Fresh, Healthy Family Food

    The restaurant has an open, airy atmosphere that is well lit and friendly.Food is ordered and paid for at the counter and then delivered to the table when ready.A number of fresh soups are available each day including soup in a sourdough boule for $5.29.There are a number of fresh salads including Emeral Spinach, Mediterranean, Caribbean Cobb,...

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Prescott Nightlife

  • Whiskey Row Today

    Two of the best spots to party on the notorious (in the old days) Whiskey Row are the Bird Cage and the Jersey Lilly.Jersey Lilly: 116 S. Montezuma, Prescott, AZ 86303; (928) 541-7854 Casual is fine.

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  • Western Bar

    Matt's Saloon is one of the most historic bars in Arizona. It's a honky tonk bar with live music almost every night. The place is pretty packed on the weekend. They sure know how to pour a stiff drink as well. Bring your bras to donate to the bull, and don't forget your cowboy hats. Oh and ask about the underground tunnel linking all the bars on...

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  • Night Sky Viewing

    Due to the elevation of Prescott and the relatively low light pollution as compared to metropolitan areas, you can turn your gaze upward at night and see a variety of celestial bodies. Prescott has a local astronomy club that meets usually on specific Saturday evenings each month. Many club members bring their own personal telescopes, including a...

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Prescott Transportation

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    View Along Arizona Highway 89 2 more images

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    The drive to Prescott on Arizona Highway 89 is spectacular. Lots of curves and scenic views. Take advantage of some of the pulloffs to enjoy the view and drive/ride with care.

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Prescott Shopping

  • Friendly staff

    This is a very small outdoor shop near the center of Prescott. They have been around a long time in a different location. There is not much of a selection, especially for clothing. Nice to stop in as the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. If you have some question about hiking the area, its a good place to check out.Hours: Monday...

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  • Outdoor equipment

    This is the largest outdoor retail store in Prescott. They have a great selection of packs, hiking shoes, clothing, camping and rock climbing equipment. If you need some kind of outdoor equipment when visiting Prescott, this is the place to go.Hours: Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 7:00...

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  • Shopping Variety from A to Z

    This is perhaps Prescott's largest conglomeration of different shops in one plaza. They have everything from Target and Walmart (which has a McDonald's in it) to Coco's Bakery, Blockbuster, Zim's shoe store, Office Max, Subway, Taco Bell, Peter Piper Pizza, Applebee's, Coldstone Creamery, Factory-2-U, Ross, Red Lobster, Golden Corral, Petco, The...

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Prescott Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't Be Caught Without Your Umbrella!

    by treerose Written Jun 29, 2003

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    During monsoon season (generally July and August), Arizona high-desert is susceptible to sudden daily downpours, even if only for a few minutes. This is one reason we can afford the greenery that exists in the flora around here-- that frequent thirst-quenching rain that breaks up an otherwise hot, dry day.

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Prescott Off The Beaten Path

  • Winter in Prescott

    At a mile high in elevation, Prescott is subject to snowfall each winter. Winter was delayed in 2006 until the weekend of March 11, when I went out in the snow to take photos. Some favorite places I enjoy going include Willow Lake, which is surrounded by outcroppings of the Earth known as the Granite Dells. These rocks create interesting formations...

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  • Willow Lake

    Willow Lake is a beautiful body of water surrounded by the granite dells, much like Watson Lake. Access to this lake is the same entrance you'd take to go to the Heritage Park Zoo. You can also turn off of Willow Creek Road into the Willow Creek Park entrance, which has a dog park, a ball park, and another access to the trail that leads all the way...

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  • Williamson Valley Trailhead

    Many of the hikes around here are foresty and shaded, at least off and on. If you want a hike with minimal tall tree cover and full sun exposure, try the Williamson Valley Trailhead off Williamson Valley Road, about 6 miles north of the intersection between that road and Iron Springs Road. It offers varying views of Granite Mountain, as it circles...

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Prescott Favorites

  • Rainbows

    During the monsoon season here, the sun and rainclouds compete for their place in the sky, and the result: a rainbow. Sometimes you'll be lucky to see a double rainbow.

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  • Victorian architecture amid buttes

    Downtown Prescott boasts over 500 historic buildings, none very distant from the lovely county courthouse and grounds that define the center of town. Walking around the central part of Prescott is a tour past many lovely Victorian houses with glimpses of Arizona buttes and hills in the background. Prescott is flat enough to be easily walkable with...

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  • creekside mysteries

    After breakfast at the Dinner Bell or a tour of Sharlot Hall museum you should descend to Granite Creek and wander north. Who knows what will you will find in this overgrown corridor? My son and his friend found numerous mysterious objects hanging from trees or submerged in the stream."Who left them here?""What does it mean?""Is it art?"You have to...

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