A modern pioneer town in central Arizona.
Prescott, Arizona: Wild West Getaway
Credit: David Moerman

Surrounded by forest, Prescott is a cool escape from The Strip. It dates back to 1863, when gold was discovered in the nearby mountains, and the town maintains an almost rowdy pioneer feel, with its updated saloons, live-music venues, and historic buildings. But several modest museums, restaurants, and the tree-lined square that fronts the elegant courthouse, lend the town an air of peaceful modernity.

Gurley Street Grill

The restaurant serves excellent fresh rotisserie chicken and home-style pot roast; it also serves its own private-label wines from Napa Valley. At lunch, feast on salads and burgers, but don’t miss the signature roasted chicken pot pie.

Smoki Museum

The museum holds a collection of artifacts, baskets, and pottery from Prescott-area tribes, as well as a Hopi katsina collection, all displayed in a 1935 building that resembles a Hopi pueblo.

Pleasant Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

The inn is just four rooms in a house that was built in 1906. Spring for the downstairs terrace suite, with its own private covered deck.

The Palace, Prescott

Originally opened in 1877 along the town’s Whiskey Row, this saloon once served as a hub for men looking for work, an election meeting point, and mineral transactions. Today, belly up to the wood bar, order a stiff one, and peruse the bar menu, which features grilled prawns, buffalo wings, and “loaded” potato skins.