Heritage Square is the gathering place for free fun in the community, with an outdoor amphitheater, picnic area and brick path that tells the story of Flagstaff’s history, biology, geology and anthropology. The flag pole pays homage to the Grand Canyon, with rocks that represent the canyon’s layers. In the summer you’ll find movies every Friday, live music on Thursdays, educational activities with music, art and more for children on weekdays. There are also art exhibits and other community events sporadically through the year here. Walking around the rest of downtown, you’ll find independent shops and boutiques, restaurants, a candy shop, hair salons and hotels. Stop at the visitor’s center (located in the railroad station) and pick up self-guided walking tours of the downtown area to add some historical flavor to your stroll. They also have a fun gift shop with locally made products and Route 66 trinkets. Be sure to stop for a drink on the Hotel Weatherford’s balcony, where you can relax in the shade (likely to live music) and people watch on the streets below.