Area Attractions

Prime Location Near Things to Do in Prescott, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona is the ideal destination for those who appreciate rich history and enthralling outdoor activities. And when you stay at the Hassayampa Inn, you’ll be in the perfect place to discover fun things to do and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

History of Prescott

When President Lincoln created the Arizona Territory in 1863, it made sense to locate its capital in the Bradshaw Mountains, where the recent discovery of gold along the Hassayampa River promised to make the area a center of commerce. Later that year a delegation from the East finally arrived on the Santa Fe Trail, and settled in a park-like setting of mature ponderosa pines and sheltering ridges. The town was named for a then-popular historian, William Hickling Prescott.

The decades around the turn of the 20th century were Prescott’s most culturally formative times. Courthouse Square was a thriving center of business and entertainment, hosting such legendary lawmen as the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday in the 1870s and ’80s. Whiskey Row was notorious until the 1950s for its many saloons and brothels. It burned to the ground in 1900 but was immediately rebuilt. More elegant company could be found at the Elks Opera House, built in 1905, and across the street at the Hassayampa Hotel, which opened in 1927.

Local Attractions

You’ll be just moments away from fascinating museums, enthralling attractions and a thriving live music scene when you stay with us.

Anyone who likes Western history will want to visit Sharlot Hall Museum, one of Arizona’s finest history museums. Nine historic buildings anchored by the former Territorial Governor’s Mansion regularly stage historic re-enactments, as well as four heritage festivals a year.  From the art and heritage of the American West to American Indian art and culture, you’ll also display plenty of other great museums in Prescott.

Impossible to miss, the Courthouse Square is abuzz with activity on weekends and nightly in summer, with concerts, festivals, and fairs. A moving panorama of strollers, Frisbee games, snowball fights, and dog encounters, the square is ringed by 170 mature elms and has been the gathering place in Prescott since the 1880s.

Nearby Whiskey Row offers Prescott’s most lively music scene, and is made up of restored bars and restaurants that were frequented by legendary Wild West figures. Today, Whiskey Row includes unique shops and boutiques that continue all the way around the Square. Antiques, gifts, clothing, and restaurants star here—all in one-of-a-kind, independently-owned enterprises.

If you have any questions about the attractions in Prescott or would like assistance in booking a tour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Activities

Prescott sits at a much higher elevation than the City of Phoenix, which is located about 90 miles away. This means the temperature here is about 20 degrees cooler – perfect for outdoor adventure.
There are more than 450 miles of trails to roam and several tranquil lakes for fishing and boating.
Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, Granite Dells, and Mingus Mountain are favorite destinations for hikers, cyclists, and rock climbers; local outfitters can provide guides or equipment rental.

Fishing and boating are popular at Watson and Willow lakes close to downtown, and at Goldwater Lake, also within city limits; canoes and kayaks can be rented on weekends. Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake in the Prescott National Forest offer hiking, camping, boating, and fishing.

Golfers have five public 18-hole courses to choose from: StoneRidge, Prescott Golf & Country Club, Quailwood Greens, and two courses at Antelope Hills.

For shopping and strolling, check out Prescott’s dozen or more antique shops, carrying Victorian-era finds and 1950s cowboy revival merchandise. The town also has a surprising range of performing arts, including an orchestra and symphony, plus the fourth Friday evening of every month is the Fourth Friday Artwalk. Twenty art galleries open their doors to the public during this event – and they’re all located near the Hassayampa Inn.
The Verde Valley Wine Trail , about 45 miles northeast of Prescott, connects four Arizona wineries and seven tasting rooms in the scenic mountain country of the Verde Valley, traversed by the Verde Canyon Railroad .

Events

“Everybody’s Hometown” just loves to have a good time, so regular celebrations and events fill all twelve months of the calendar.

Dubbed “Arizona’s Christmas City,” Prescott sparkles for the holidays, with breathtaking light displays and parades, concerts and performances, and the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village.

Another signature event is Prescott Frontier Days,a week of events centered around the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”—held every July since 1888. In September the town hosts a Cowboy Poets Gathering that attracts bards and minstrels from throughout the West.

Popular sporting events bringing at least a thousand competitors to town include the Whiskey Row Marathon and Whiskey Off-Road Bike Races, a three-day endurance event.

Other amazing events that take place in Prescott include:

Transportation

Prescott is the largest city in Yavapai County, located in north-central Arizona. It is often referred to as one of the Quad Cities, which include Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt. Phoenix and Flagstaff are each about 100 miles away.

Shuttle service is available from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The Prescott Municipal Airport is served by Great Lakes Airlines, with daily flights from Ontario, CA, Farmington, NM, and Denver, CO.

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