America's Most Beautiful Town Squares
Courtesy of the Prescott Office of Tourism
Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, Prescott, AZ
Mapped out in 1864, this plaza is still at the center of community life in Prescott, thanks to its appealing gazebo, a fountain, and plenty of green space—4.5 acres of lawn with American elms. Statues of cowboys are a reminder of the Southwest’s early days; trendy shops, cafés, and galleries now surround the square. The American Planning Association put the Yavapai plaza (named for its Neoclassical Revival courthouse) on its list of Great Public Spaces in America in 2008.