Nestled at 7,000 feet, just below northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is a year-round travel destination. The sun always seems to be shining in this city of 50,000—residents. “Flag,” as the locals call it, has a small-town feel and plenty of outdoor recreation—hiking, biking, stargazing, skiing, snowboarding, snow play, you name it. The city is a budget-friendly home base for travelers to the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders in the area, including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the Meteor Crater, Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona’s red rocks. The first city in the world to be named an International Dark Sky City, Flagstaff is home to Lowell Observatory, which offers public viewings of the mysteries of space. The vibrancy of this college town is infused with a cultural appreciation for nature. There are hiking and biking trails all around—including the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS), which runs throughout town—for getting where you need to go, exercise or just...See More enjoying the clean, crisp mountain air. If you’d rather, just hang out in one of the many cabin getaways to relax and get back to nature without leaving civilization. Flagstaff is a laid-back place where even the finest dining establishments don’t have a dress code. People are friendly and always ready to share their opinions on their favorite local places. See Less
Don't know where to go? Check out our 2 and 7 Day Itineraries to get an idea of what you could do in this great city!
2 DAY ITINERARY
1Drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (about 75 miles away) Take advantage of some of the free Ranger-led talks for both adults and kids at the South Rim to enhance your experience. Eat lunch at the Bright Angel Restaurant right along the South Rim. Opt for the Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps.
1 Today is for inner balance seeking in the Red Rocks. Drive down Oak Creek Canyon toward Sedona. Stop at the scenic overlook before heading down the switchbacks.
2 Once in the canyon, you can go for a swim at one of the swimming holes or Slide Rock State Park, though the river can be cold or down to just a trickle and puddle at times. Or hike a trail. You need to have a Red Rocks pass to park on the roadside if you’re going to leave your car for more than 15 minutes.
3 Or just enjoy the scenic drive and take a Pink Jeep tour of the red rock area. You can catch these at the north end of Sedona. Do make a reservation.