Day Trips from Phoenix: Explore Prescott

Day Trip to Prescott – Everybody’s Home Town

How far from Phoenix? 1.5 hours

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Courthouse Plaza

Things to do: 

  • Courthouse Plaza – The original town square. Check here for events in the square. 
  • Sharlot Hall Museum – Panorama of Southwestern history dating back to 1864. You’ll see the John C Fremont House, The William C Bashford House & the primary exhibit at Sharlot Hall. Located at 415 W Gurley St., Prescott AZ. 928-445-3122. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Smoki Museum – Learn about Native American culture, this museum is designed like a Pueblo and opened to the public in 1935. You’ll see pottery, jewelry, baketry, learn about kachinas and other artifacts. Located at 147 N Arizona St., Prescott AZ. 928-445-1230. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Phippen Museum of Western Art – George Phippen was one of the founders of Cowboy Artists of America – this museum is for art buffs. You’ll see Bronzes, paintings and Native American arts & crafts are on display. They hold an Art Sale at the Courthouse Plaza on Memorial Day. Closed on Mondays. 4701 AZ 89 North, Prescott AZ. 928-778-1385. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Whiskey Row – This is Prescott’s famous “wicked” street. Everyone needs to stroll up Whiskey Row, even if your not thirsty.  Visit to learn more.
  • Prescott Historical Tours – Walking tours of the 4 block historical district. Call ahead, wear comfy shoes. Contact Melissa at 928-445-4567

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Where to Shop: Downtown Prescott  features many boutiques and galleries. It’s also a great place to hunt for antiques and other treasures.



Granite Dells

Scenic Opportunities: 

  • Granite Dells – Just north of Prescott, the dells are an ancient rock formation sculpted for your viewing pleasure. The artist is Mother Nature with her centuries of wind, rain, snow and sun as her tools.
  • Granite Mountain & Granite Basin – 20 minutes each way from Prescott. Head to the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It’s a unique geological and historical wilderness. Hike & rock climb and be prepared for spectacular scenery.  Trails available. Dress appropriately for outdoor action.
  • Lynx Lake – A 15 minute drive from Prescott, this is an astonishing 55 acres of lake in our great desert state. Fishing is good year round, during the summer you can rent a boat.
  • Senator Highway Drive – This takes an hour round trip.  Drive east on Gurley street in Prescott over to South Mount Vernon/Senator Highway.
  • Skyline Drive (aka Thumb Butte Loop) – About a 45 minute trip. There’s a number of places to pull over and see the views including Skull Valley.  Head south of Montezuma Stree (AZ 89) to Copper Basin Rd, then turn right on Copper Basin Road, make a circle and return to Thumb Butte Rd.