Beat the Phoenix heat with a road trip to Prescott

Artwork: Allie Carl/Axios

It’s time for another Road trip to Arizona to escape the unrelenting heat of the valley. This week we take you through Prescott, the former territorial capital of Arizona.

The big picture: Prescott, built around a typical small-town courthouse plaza, is known for the western saloons of Whiskey Row.

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

If you like history and the nature – and the booze – you will love here.

  • 🌊 Visit Watson Lake in the beautiful Granite Dells for picnicking, kayaking or hiking.
  • 🏡 Visit the Sharlot Hall Museumwhich is home to six historic buildings, including the former Governor’s Mansion and the oldest log cabin in Arizona.
  • 🥃 Have a drink to Whiskey Row Lounges (many of which still only accept cash) once frequented by Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
  • 🌇 Watch the sunset on the roof of crow coffee with a glass of local wine or a pint of beer.
What to eat and drink:

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

Where to stay:

If you are like us, it’s best to stay within walking distance of Whiskey Row.

🙋🏻‍♀️ My thought bubble: I’m getting married in Prescott next April. What other places should I recommend to customers?

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