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
1 Head to the Snowbowl for a hike and ride on the skyride with panoramic views of the area.
2 Stop at the Museum of Northern Arizona for cultural, geological and historical perspectives on the area. Depending on your interests, this could be a quick trip or you could spend quite some time here.
3 Lunch at Beaver Street Brewery. Try the classic Beaver Street Burger with a glass of award-winning Hefeweizen.
1Head to the western outskirts of town to The Arboretum at Flagstaff. You can go on a guided nature hike and learn about plants and animals that are native to the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest in which Flagstaff sits. Then catch the birds of prey demonstration and head back downtown.
2 Grab a late lunch at Tinderbox Kitchen. The blue-plate specials are served Tuesday through Saturday 11AM-2PM. Tinderbox offers one of the best deals around with a gourmet entrée, sides, drink (beer, soda, tea) and a dessert of donut holes all for $10.
3 Make an afternoon appointment to tour the Riordan Mansion to learn about Flagstaff’s past. Be sure to book your tour ahead of time because they can fill up and are a must.