Experience the Old West in Prescott, Ariz.

On your way to the Grand Canyon, stop at America's oldest saloon, The Palace Saloon in Prescott. Wander Whiskey Row, then stay the night at comfy hotels.
The Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott, Ariz. Photo by Kenneth Hagemeyer via Flickr

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott, Ariz. Photo by Kenneth Hagemeyer via Flickr

Don’t miss Arizona’s oldest saloon in Prescott's lively historic downtown. Opened in 1877, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon of today offers lunch, dinner and live entertainment as well as Arizona craft beers. It's located in the town's charming historic district across from Historic Courthouse Plaza where people of all ages stroll and people-watch. Be sure to look around the restaurant at owner Dave Michelson's antiques and historic photographs on display.

"There are over 150 pictures on the wall, historic pictures of Prescott," Michelson says. "The Earp brothers are on there because they played cards here [in the 1870s] before they went to Tombstone, along with Doc Holliday." In fact the original bar from the Holliday and Earp days survived a 1900 fire and is still in use today. "The back bar is a gorgeous Brunswick bar," Michelson says. "It's 12 feet high and 24 feet long. That in itself is worth seeing."

Once a month, diners can feast their eyes and ears while they feast on dinner.

One of the Palace's dinner performers and official Arizona state historian, Marshall Trimble, sings, plays guitar and tells stories of Prescott and the Palace during his set. Guests also can listen to musicians like South of Winslow, an Eagles tribute band, or Sky Daddy Conwell, a band dedicated to the sounds of Johnny Cash.

"All of my employees dress in 1880s clothing, so when you walk through those doors and see that bar, you think you've gone back in time," Michelson says.

For more information:

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon
120 S. Montezuma St., (928) 541-1996; historicpalace.com

Prescott Visitor Center
117 W. Goodwin Street, (800) 266-7534, visit-prescott.com

Where to Stay in Prescott

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

SpringHill Suite Marriott in Prescott, Arizona

Within walking distance of the famous Whiskey Row saloons, restaurants and shopping. Each room includes a kitchenette, free breakfast and free Internet. 200 East Sheldon, (928) 776-0998, www.marriott.com/prcsh

Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn Marriott in Prescott, Arizona

Beautifully designed studio, one and two-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchen. Located directly across from the Trader Joe's shopping plaza and the Prescott Gateway Mall, this hotel is perfect for families and longer stays. Spacious outdoor pool and patio area with grills, fireplace and fire-pit. 3599 Lee Circle, (928) 775-2232, www.marriott.com/prcri