The Tri-Cities of Prescott
Ask the Prescott locals, and they'll tell you that Prescott - meaning the city of Prescott - is completely different from Prescott Valley. That's absolutely true; they are separate cities entirely, with different municipalities, unique attributes and individual atmospheres. Furthermore, rounding out what we call the "Tri-City" area, is Chino Valley, with its own environment and idiosyncracies to boot. But as a visitor, all you need to know is that they're all "Prescott." They're all part of what makes this swath of central Arizona extraordinary. Read on to find out what each city (and even small towns dotted throughout) brings to the experience that is all Prescott.
Prescott is the home of the downtown area, Courthouse Square, Whiskey Row and a dozen other Arizona landmarks. It is the heart of the community, with charming locally-owned shops, restaurants and businesses radiating outward from Courthouse Square at the epicenter. Courthouse Square is bordered by Montezuma, Gurley, Cortez and Goodwin Streets - street names that become familiar after browsing travel and city guides such as Prescott.com.
Look for historic hotels and heritage homes downtown, as this part of the city is rich with remnants from Prescott's mining-town ancestry, as well as fascinating artifacts telling tales about Prescott's broad history - from ancient native American peoples and later pioneers to the Great Fire of 1900 and Prescott's place as the Arizona's First Territorial Capital.
All around Prescott, you'll be reminded of your hometown, wherever that may be! Charming festivals, parades and special events contribute to the absolute Americana of it all; you'll quickly understand why people call Prescott "Everybody's Hometown." In fact, that sentiment is the reason that many Prescott visitors later become residents, choosing to settle in Prescott to raise their families, retire, or begin an "encore career" in the second half of their lives.
Because Prescott boasts hometown values and safe, friendly communities throughout, the Prescott real estate market still has good news stories to tell. With over 43,000 residents and growing, Prescott continues to attract home buyers with lower than historical home prices, community amenities, excelling schools, world-renowned higher education, outdoor recreation, cultural experiences, and government buyer incentives.
Prescott Valley is about 8 miles east of Prescott and is one of the fastest-growing communities in Arizona. Prescott Valley is nestled between the breathtaking Bradshaw Mountains to the south and the picturesque Mingus Mountains to the northeast. A wide open valley spanning about 37 square miles, Prescott Valley is many visitors' introduction to the Prescott area as you approach the cities on Highway 69 from the east. A recognizably newer part of the area, Prescott Valley boasts a hip-happening entertainment district, loads of convenient shopping, restaurants, theaters and major events centers.
Many visitors come to Prescott Valley for concerts and major sporting events. Watch a concert, attend an expo, or get rowdy for Arizona Sundogs hockey at Tim's Toyota Center. Experience the thrill of thoroughbred horseracing and other events at Yavapai Downs and the Coors Events Center.
Prescott Valley attracts visitors with its impressive Entertainment District, a collection of restaurants, shopping and movie theaters that offer visitors the perfect balance of familiar restaurants and locally-owned "Mom-and-Pop" spots.
Among the greater area's outdoor recreation opportunities in the Prescott National Forest, all within minutes of Prescott Valley, the city also features its own Fain Park, a 100-acre paradise with historical, cultural, and recreational activities. Fain Park offers a lake for fishing or swimming, scenic trails, and picnic areas.
Visitors to Prescott Valley will see for themselves the easy-paced lifestyle the city has to offer. This relaxed perspective on life has helped Prescott Valley's resident population grow 166% over the last decade. With quality new build homes and resale homes, safe neighborhoods, high performing schools and booming economic development, Prescott Valley is a desirable destination for home buyers.
The Town of Chino Valley, located an equidistant 17 miles from both downtown Prescott and Prescott Valley at the pinnacle of the tri-city area, is a charming rural community with small town values. Chino Valley residents treasure the town's historic and natural environments and are proud of its family-friendly heritage.
Take a scenic drive to Chino Valley through the Granite Dells on Highway 89 north from Prescott. Or reach Chino Valley via Glassford Hill Road and Highway 89-A out of Prescott Valley. Either way, the destination is a lovely landscape of rolling hills and picturesque farmland.
Most visitors experience Chino Valley as the home to the Prescott Airport, also known as Ernest A. Love Field. Prescott Airport is one of the country's busiest General Aviation Airports and is also serviced commercially by Horizon Air. Prescott and Chino Valley have strong ties to the aeronautical community, thanks to Prescott Airport and nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Chino Valley also boasts two well-attended and beloved pumpkin festivals each fall. Every October, hundreds of families descend on Chino Valley's farms to find the perfect pumpkin, eat kettle corn and take a hayride. These festivals are a direct reflection of the aforementioned family-friendly community values held by the 11,000 residents of Chino Valley.
Need driving directions to Prescott from Phoenix, Las Vegas, and other cities nearby? Our handy directions will get you here. Prescott is ideally located in central Arizona at the intersection of two major state routes – Highway 69 and Highway 89. It’s also fewer than 90 miles from I-10 and I-40, two coast-to-coast interstates. And once you’re in Prescott, you’ll experience the Gateway to Northern Arizona. Within just a couple hours driving time, Prescott visitors can find themselves in Jerome, wine country, Sedona, or the Grand Canyon. Prescott is the perfect central Arizona location from which to venture out, and we're sure you'll always want to find the road back.
Do you have some questions about Prescott, Arizona? Curious about the history of Prescott? Wondering what Prescott is like today? Do you need directions or a map of the area? We’ve got answers on every topic from Whiskey Row to where to go; from what to pack to weather facts. You’ll find answers you can use when researching your next vacation or your next change-of-address. Prescott.com, THE online resource for Prescott visitors and locals, has put together a full list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about Prescott, Arizona. We hope they'll help you plan a nice long visit to Prescott soon, or even entice you to make Prescott your next hometown.
You probably don't need help finding things to do in Prescott; there's a ton to do! Nevertheless, we can help you narrow down the list to fit into your perfect Prescott vacation. Looking for family friendly attractions that kids and adults will both love? Or maybe a winery tour, a casino and some grown-up fun is more your style. Whether you want to go for outdoor adventures, embark on an area tour, horseback riding, or golf, the best things to do in Prescott are at your fingertips. Enjoy Prescott attractions like art galleries and museums and historical sites, entertainment and nightlife on Whiskey Row and beyond and dozens of other Prescott attractions.
Are you dreaming about Prescott Arizona real estate? You are certainly not alone. Prescott real estate and Prescott Valley real estate together are one of the most popular targets for Arizona retirement, resort style living communities and new homes. Who wouldn't want to find Prescott, Arizona homes for sale and start enjoying year-round outdoor weather, diverse landscapes, rock formations, pine forests, majestic mountains and rolling foothills? Find a Prescott realtor - someone who's a true expert in Prescott, Arizona real estate? Browse Prescott Arizona homes for sale - like golf course homes - inside resort living communities. You'll find it all on Prescott.com.
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