My Arizona: Jerad and Topeaka Miles

In this series, real people share their insights about visiting Arizona. From favorite hiking trails and prime spots for sunset photos to what surprised them the most about the Grand Canyon State, these travelers tell all.

Prescott residents Jerad and Topeaka Miles always find time for adventuring throughout Arizona. Whether it’s trapping for crawdads at Dogtown Lake in Williams or hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, the couple knows their way around the state.

Since becoming new parents, however, travel is trickier. But not impossible. The Miles just keep their trips a little closer to home.

“There’s nothing like walking around Prescott’s downtown, especially during the fall,” they say.

A stroll around their hometown might also include stops at some of their favorite restaurants and watering holes.

My Arizona: Jerad and Topeaka Miles

For cocktails, the couple hits up Matt’s Saloon, a cash-only honky tonk dating back to 1934. For outdoor dining, the Miles like Park Plaza Liquor and Deli, a restaurant popular for its wood-fired pizzas. And when it comes to breweries, the Miles say they prefer mead instead; specifically, the award-winning offerings at Prescott’s Superstition Meadery.

My Arizona: Jerad and Topeaka Miles

In addition to Prescott, the Miles also love nearby Sedona, calling it one of the most scenic places in the state.

"Sedona will always have a place in our hearts because it’s where we got married,” they say. “Seeing the beautiful red rocks never gets old.”

Whether their trips take them far from home or mere steps from their front door, the Miles believe that travel is the way to expand the heart and mind.

“Get out and try new things. Many of the best places to discover are where you least expect them.”

Best Hike With Epic Views

“A” Mountain (Hayden Butte Preserve) in Tempe, especially at night.

Best Local Shop

Fite and Sons Mercantile and Ice Cream.

Most Interesting Museum

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum.

Favorite Restaurant for Authentic Mexican Food

Carolina’s Mexican Food, Phoenix.

Hotel Recommendations

We prefer camping!

Prettiest Place to Camp

Dogtown Lake.

Favorite Live Music Venue

The outdoor stage in front of Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott.

Best Hike for Beginners

Piestewa Peak in Phoenix.

Favorite Arizona Souvenir

Pressed pennies from Grand Canyon National Park.

Most Educational Place

Verde Canyon Railroad.

Best Restaurant for a Casual Bite

Colt Grill.

Favorite Place for a Spa Day

True Rest Float Spa.

Best Festival

Acker Night Musical Showcase in Prescott every December.

Best Hike for Steep Climbs

Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.

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About the Author

Jessica Dunham

Jessica Dunham is a travel, food and fitness writer whose work has been published in PHOENIX Magazine, Runner's World, Phoenix New Times, Valley Guide, Phoenix Travel Guide, Modern Luxury Scottsdale and more. She is passionate about all things Arizona, especially spontaneous Saturday daytrips around the state. She can be reached at

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