Wind your way up Cleopatra Hill to reach tiny Jerome (pop. 450), declared a ghost town after the last copper mine closed in 1953. Hippies, bikers, and creatives of all stripes slowly came to join the 50 stalwart souls who stayed behind. Today Jerome is chock-a-block with colorful craft shops, galleries, wineries, and restaurants tucked into Old West-era buildings with sweeping vistas of the Verde Valley below.
Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes
You'll delight in the light-and-mirrors magic of the world's premier kaleidoscope shop, showcasing the work of artists from as far away as Australia, Israel, and Japan. The variety is dazzling, from a tiny $6 model that dangles from a necklace to an intricate steampunk-themed creation costing thousands of dollars. It's easy to spend hours at this friendly emporium, where kids are encouraged to play with the wares.