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 Drive to Williams (about 40 minutes) to catch a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway to see the world’s most-talked-about canyon.
2 On the train, relax as you plan what you want to see at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Guides on board will be able to make suggestions if you need some. You’ll have a few hours to spend at the canyon before the train heads back to Williams. Grab lunch at Bright Angel Restaurant right on the rim, or just get a cone from the ice cream shop also on the rim. Best spot to eat the cone as you sit in the shade and enjoy the views is on the nearby swings hanging from the porches of the El Tovar hotel.
3 Hop aboard the train for your journey back to Williams where you’ll experience an Old West “train robbery,” so stay on your toes.