Discover The Beauty Of Prescott
In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. However, in 1877, Prescott once again became the Territorial Capital until Phoenix became the state’s permanent capital in 1889.
Prescott is a popular destination where residents and visitors meld together to enjoy northern Arizona’s culture, history and an assortment of outdoor events and activities. Just a short drive (less than two hours) from Phoenix, Prescott hosts many festivals and fairs throughout the year. The jewel of downtown Prescott is the Courthouse Plaza, which is surrounded by a number of local restaurants, shops, antique stores and galleries. This block makes up the historic Whiskey Row, in the heart of the business district, which also features the Hotel St. Michael, the Hassayampa Inn, the Bird Cage Saloon and The Palace Restaurant and Saloon.
Prescott hosts the World’s Oldest Rodeo every year during 4th of July week, celebrated with a festive parade. For nearby outdoor enjoyment, there’s hiking at Thumb Butte and other trails, mountain biking on the Salida Gulch Trail, and fishing and boating at Lynx Lake. Interested in history? Check out the Sharlot Hall Museum or the Smoki Museum. Any time of the year, a day in Prescott is always a great day! To learn more, visit prescott-az.gov