April 6, 2021
A Prescott Don’t Miss List
Prescott, Arizona is one of those towns that needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Photos and online reviews are great previews, but nothing compares to hiking the trails yourself, seeing the homes yourself and feeling the energy and history of the town yourself.
As the territorial capital of the state, and one of the best small towns in Arizona, Prescott holds tight to its historical significance. So, nostalgia runs deep. But, in addition to the history of the town, there is the very exciting “now” of the town.
Prescott is home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, it’s home to the world’s oldest rodeo and it’s home to a number of beautiful lakes. The historic Whiskey Row bustles with lively culinary experiences and the county courthouse offers a beautiful taste of the past.
So, if you had one day to cruise around Prescott and bring home a lasting impression of the town, we have a few suggestions. Visit a lake, grab a meal on Whiskey Row and discover the natural beauty of Prescott’s trail system.
Visit Watson Lake
Just four miles from downtown Prescott, Watson Lake is a stunner. It’s just a beautiful place to visit, thanks to unique rock formations, but if you have time you can rent a kayak or paddleboard and get a closer look. The lake is great for boating, fishing or just admiring. Snap a few photos while you’re there.
Hike (part of) the Circle Trail
The Prescott Circle Trail is a lengthy non-motorized trail with 15 trailheads that give access to the 56-mile route. It’s easily accessible and comes as close as three miles to downtown Prescott. Take a bike ride or leisurely walk to get a good feel for the energy and environment Prescott has to offer — the least of which is a notable commitment to such an extensive trail system.
Eat on Whiskey Row
Have a drink where Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers did at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Whiskey Row, an establishment that dates back to 1877. Order up a roughrider ribeye alongside a cold beer and absorb the legends that made the Old West what it is. The oldest frontier saloon in the state, The Palace was a place where men checked in on notices for work, it served as an election hub and was a hot spot for mineral claims trading.
Look up and stargaze
End the evening with some time spent stargazing. Prescott, with its minimal light pollution, offers a premium opportunity to see the Milky Way, constellations, and meteor showers. Just lookup.
And after you’ve fallen in love with Prescott, consider staying. A Talking Rock real estate team member can help you build your legacy here.