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 Get up early and head about 30 minutes southeast of town to Mormon Lake for a big cowboy pancake breakfast at the Mormon Lake Lodge.
2 Then go for a horseback ride or rent ATVs or mountain bikes, and go exploring. If you don’t go for a full day’s horseback ride or ATV rental, in the afternoon rent a canoe and drive a few minutes back to Upper Lake Mary and set sail. Make reservations in advance for horseback rides and rentals. The Lodge also offers free environmental education programs on Saturdays in the summer, including guided nature hikes.
3 Grab a light snack from the Lodge’s country store and stop at a picnic table at Upper Lake Mary to eat. Enjoy the lake breeze and picturesque scenery if you didn’t already enjoy it on a canoe.