Prescott is the gateway to Northern Arizona; within just a couple hours driving time, Prescott visitors can find themselves in the former ghost town of Jerome, or Arizona's wine country, or staring up at the monolithic red rocks of Sedona, or peering downward into the vast and unbelievable Grand Canyon. Prescott is the perfect central Arizona location from which to venture out, and we're sure you'll always want to return.
Jerome Jerome, Arizona was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. The mines, the workers, and those who sought its wealth formed Jerome's history. Jerome grew rapidly, beginning in 1876, from tent city to prosperous company town as it followed the swing of the mines' fortunes. Jerome was the talk of the territory...the boom town of its time...a darling of promoters and investors. The mines were nourished and exploited by financiers who brought billions of dollars of copper from its depths.
But ever-dependent on the ups and downs of copper prices, labor unrest, depressions and wars, Jerome's mines finally closed in 1953. A few hardy souls remained, reluctant to leave a lifetime of memories, but Jerome was essentially a ghost town for over a decade, until the counter-culture of the 1960s and 70s made Jerome a haven for artists who renovated homes and opened abandoned shops to sell their wares. Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life.
Today Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. They form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of history and lore.
Sedona Just 67 miles north of Prescott, Sedona has become a must-do destination for visitors to Northern Arizona who wish to explore the scenic Verde River, the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest, or the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon. There are a nearly infinite number of things to do in Sedona. Relax atop shaded boulders that dot the 16-mile gorge of Oak Creek Canyon, take a rugged Jeep tour or helicopter tour deep into Sedona's authentic Indian ruins or scale a red rock monolith that penetrates the crystal blue sky.
On the other hand, some Sedona visitors choose to do very little at all...like sitting back and marveling at the reflection of the sun at dusk that seems to make the Red Rocks appear an even richer and more vibrant hue, as if they glowed from within. There is a strong belief that this place is home to several Sedona vortexes - specific focal points of the earth's energy - and they travel many miles just to feel the renewal of energy in their own life. Whatever the case, Sedona has a way of taking your breath away and reminding us that there aren't many places on earth quite as spectacular as Sedona. In fact, Sedona, Arizona was named "The Most Beautiful Place in America" in USA Weekend's Annual Travel Report.
Grand Canyon Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a designated World Heritage Site, and one of the Crown Jewels of the National Park System. Declared a national park in 1919, the mile-deep, 277-mile long gorge draws over 5 million visitors annually to the lofty rims and world-class whitewater that await the active traveler.
Though millions of people visit the Grand Canyon every year, only a small percentage of those visitors actually take advantage of the opportunity to explore it. In fact, the average visit to Grand Canyon is a scant two hours. Most agree that it can be an overwhelming spectacle to absorb during such a short time frame. Luckily, launching your Grand Canyon visit from Prescott, just 2.5 hours by car, allows visitors to see the Grand Canyon in just one day.
There are a number of organized activities available to park visitors. Grand Canyon tour companies offer great options for tours by air, land or water depending on how much time you have for your visit. As stunning and immense as the Grand Canyon is as a view; it is equally amazing in its creation, existance and role in the current ecosystem. Knowledgeable Grand Canyon tour guides are just waiting to share their passionate understanding of the Grand Canyon and world of adventure with you.
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