Jun 24, 2022 - Things to Do

Escape the Phoenix heat with a road trip to Prescott

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It's time for another Arizona road trip to escape the unrelenting Valley heat. This week, we're guiding you through Prescott, the former territorial capital of Arizona.

The big picture: Prescott, built around a quintessential small-town courthouse square, is known for the Western saloons of Whiskey Row.

  • Distance from Phoenix: 99 miles north via Interstate 17 and State Route 69.
  • Average June temperature: High of 85, low of 51.

What to do:

If you like history and nature β€” and alcohol β€” you're gonna love it here.

  • 🌊 Visit Watson Lake in the beautiful Granite Dells for picnicking, kayaking or hiking.
  • 🏑 Tour the Sharlot Hall Museum, home to six historic buildings, including the former governor's mansion and the oldest log cabin in Arizona.
  • πŸ₯ƒ Grab a drink at the Whiskey Row saloons (many of which still only accept cash) once frequented by the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
  • πŸŒ‡ Watch the sunset on the roof of the Raven Cafe with a glass of local wine or pint of beer.

What to eat and drink:

A mix of longtime favorites and culinary newcomers make Prescott a fun place for meals and libations.

  • 🍝 Papa's Italian Restaurant boasts a huge menu of classic recipes and a rosΓ© sauce to die for.
  • πŸ„ Farm Provisions rotates its menu seasonally to make use of the best local products on the market.

Where to stay:

If you're anything like us, it's best you stay stumbling distance from Whiskey Row.

πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ My thought bubble: I'm getting married in Prescott next April. What other spots should I recommend to guests?

You tell us: What other Arizona places should we feature in our summer road trip series?


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