Prescott, 100 miles north of Phoenix
With so many options for hiking, kayaking, and biking, Prescott feels like a choose-your-own- adventure book, writ large. Thankfully, a few tour companies make outdoor activities a breeze. Reserve ahead, and Prescott Ebike will meet you northeast of town at the Peavine Trailhead and give you a primer on e-bike operation. Then you’ll cycle alongside Watson Lake and the gorgeous, golden Granite Dells before connecting with the Iron King Trail to see ghostly old railroad cars up close and rolling hills in the distance. At the end of the two-hour ride, your hosts will meet you back at the trailhead.
For a close-up view of Watson Lake, rent a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard from Prescott Outdoors, located lakeside. Alternatively, Born to be Wild Adventures delivers rental kayaks to forest-fringed Goldwater Lake or birding hotspot Willow Lake, then picks up the boats whenever you’re ready. Refuel in town at Farm Provisions or BiGA, both of which serve a variety of vegan and carnivorous farm-to-fork dishes. Cap off the day in historic, leafy Courthouse Plaza, where the city hosts frequent, free summer evening concerts featuring jazz, big band, classic rock, and more.