Revel in the Grand Canyon, Route 66 and more in “Dark Sky City”
Flagstaff captures the essence of the American spirit with its friendly, easy-going lifestyle and hip vibe.
A casual stroll through historic downtown reveals trendy restaurants, craft breweries and galleries showcasing the local arts scene.
Evening brings a lively night life and live music at clubs throughout the city, while the expansive skies are clear and dark for star gazing.
Flagstaff’s stunning nature makes it a hidden paradise for running, hiking, biking, camping, climbing and even cross-country and downhill skiing.
Explore the legendary 446-kilometer Grand Canyon National Park by river, tour, hike and more. Just 97 kilometers away, Flagstaff is a popular base for canyon visits.
Head to the top of the Arizona Snowbowl in summer for views of Grand Canyon’s north rim and take advantage of the Snowbowl’s exceptional skiing in winter.
Discover prehistoric cliff dwellings and pueblos at nearby Walnut Canyon National Monument and Wupatki National Monument. Be bowled over by views of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, a volcanic cone over 300 meters tall.
The San Francisco Peaks north of the city contain Arizona’s highest mountains and are a good choice for advanced hikers.
A Dose of Culture
Tour downtown’s historic streets, leaving from the Visitor’s Center, housed in the vintage railroad depot. Get the story on old structures and browse unique shops and galleries.
Flagstaff is also home to several worthy museums, among them the nationally accredited Museum of Northern Arizona dedicated to the art and culture of the Colorado Plateau, the distinctive red rock region that makes up the four corners of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Visit the Lowell Observatory at night to watch the stars. And don’t leave the area without traveling down Route 66, which cuts right through the city and features classic motels, museums, diners and more.
Eat & Drink
Flagstaff boasts a sophisticated restaurant scene, representing ethnic cuisines from around the world, high-end dining and vibrant farm-to-table and even forest-to-table (foraged) offerings.
Try Criollo Latin Kitchen for Latin-inspired meals with fresh, local ingredients or Diablo Burger, whose beef comes straight from nearby Diablo Trust Ranch.
Wash it down with a craft beer from Mother Road Brewing Company on the original Route 66 roadway (and one of eight breweries downtown).Read more articles in USA Travel Tips: