If you are looking to catch a sense of what the Old West may have been like, then Prescott will not disappoint. No matter what the season, the Prescott hotels listed below are comfortable and prepare you for whatever activities you might like to try out, including:
Opened in 1927 by Sharlot Hall, a pioneer, writer and collector of artifacts, the Sharlot Hall Museum was the first museum built with federal funding from the Civil Works Administration. Today it houses collections of aerial photography, transportation (including Hall’s own Durant Star Touring Car), basketry and more. The museum extends into several buildings that include the original Arizona territorial governor’s mansion, the Victorian Bashford House and the Frémont House. Living history programs are available, as well as workshops (in case you would like to learn how to present living history yourself).
If you are ready to stretch your legs and view some outstanding architecture, then take a walk through the Downtown Historic Area, where you can shop, have a meal or sit in a café. There is nearly always something going on (a fair, street musicians, craft shows) at Courthouse Square, and there is a definite Old West flavor to the area.
For some serenity, or simply to cool off, head over to Watson Lake for hiking, kayaking, picnicking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take pictures of the fabulous multicolored rock formations; sunset is especially beautiful here.
Old railroad routes are sometimes given new life as hiking trails, and that is the case with the Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail. It runs through the geologic formation knows as The Dells and provides unexpectedly stupendous views. Take a half-day, or even a whole one if you are feeling energetic, to explore this area.
After you have enjoyed the majesty of the nature around Prescott, head in to the Phippen Museum for a look at cowboy life as it was lived in Arizona. Both art and artifacts make up a very Western collection, including collections of rodeo photographs by Louise Serpa.
If you want a feel for the culture of the Old West, then check out Whiskey Row, where the taverns will have you expecting cowboys and outlaws to walk in right behind you. The area is more about Prescott’s past than it is about whiskey, though you may wish to order some spirits at one of Whiskey Row’s saloons.
Prescott offers an eclectic assortment of activities, from exploring the natural world to exploring local history. It has an Old West past with an eye to the future. There are a lot of activities to do and sights to see here, so check out the listings below with Choice Hotels and book your hotel in Prescott, AZ today.
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