Getting to the Prescott
August 8, 2010
Undoubtedly many of you are making your plans to join us in Prescott for WLA’s 45th annual conference. There are three options if you wish to travel by air: the first is through Phoenix Sky Harbor; from there, you may rent a car or take advantage of Shuttle U’s special WLA round-trip rate from the airport to the Prescott Resort. You can reach Shuttle U at 1-800-304-6114; mention WLA for $50 roundtrip rate. http://www.shuttleu.com/. It’s about 90 miles from the airport to the Prescott Resort.
Second, the regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines flies direct into Prescott from a few major hubs, including Ontario and Denver. http://www.flygreatlakes.com/. Finally, if your travel plans include visiting the Grand Canyon and you would like to fly into Flagstaff (about 75 miles northwest of Prescott), book with US Airways.
WLA field trips
Arizona is home to several world-class tourist destinations you won’t want to miss while you are here for WLA’s 45th annual conference. I am pleased to announce two field trip opportunities to the Grand Canyon state’s unique natural and cultural treasures. Both trips are scheduled to depart from the Prescott Resort at approximately 12:15 pm on Saturday, October 23rd. You will travel roundtrip on Shuttle U’s comfortable 13-seater vans with professional drivers.
Arcosanti http://www.arcosanti.org/ is an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona. Built according to architect Paolo Soleri’s theory of “arcology,” (architecture + ecology) Arcosanti is a living example of sustainable community. You will take a comfortable shuttle to the beautiful urban laboratory, be greeted there with a tour of the extensive, fascinating grounds, and have the opportunity to eat at the café and experience this amazing place on your own. Arcosanti is about 45 minutes from Prescott. This trip will return to the conference hotel by about 5:30. $35 per person.
Grand Canyon Village, a 90-minute drive from Prescott, is located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Your driver will stop first at Hermit’s Rest, architect Mary Colter’s 1914 canyon-side masterpiece http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/photos/colter/index.htm. Look for other Colter buildings as you stroll the rim of the majestic canyon. This field trip allows you enough time to eat at the one the rim’s fine restaurants and catch a breathtaking sunset before heading back to Prescott at 7:00pm. $45 per person.
If you are keen on planning a do-it-yourself trip, I recommend a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway http://www.thetrain.com/. If you wish to visit one of the charming nearby cities, consider historic downtown Flagstaff http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/, artsy Jerome http://www.azjerome.com/, or majestic Sedona http://www.visitsedona.com/. Finally, Prescott is located nearby several beautiful, family-friendly national monuments like Montezuma’s Castle http://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm.