Flagstaff, Arizona - Destination Guide for Visitors to Flagstaff

Flagstaff, Arizona
Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell

Flagstaff, Arizona Facts:


At 7,000 feet (2,121 m) elevation, located in a refreshing and green ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is considered a high desert region. Flagstaff is located north of Phoenix, Arizona and is a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Map

Attractions and Activities in Flagstaff:


Flagstaff is an outdoor lovers' paradise with hiking, skiing, horseback riding and beautiful pine forests. Flagstaff is also a university town and has a cultural hub with restaurants, entertainment venues and museums.

Hiking and Touring:


Some of the most beautiful country in the Southwest surrounds Flagstaff, from lush pine woods to rugged deserts. The Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona's red rocks, Native American reservations, and a string of breathtaking national monuments are all within a short drive. Flagstaff has a number of great hiking trails.

Exploring Route 66:


There is much left of old Route 66 in Flagstaff, in fact the city takes pride in its Route 66 heritage. A few years back Flagstaff changed the name of its main street, Santa Fe Ave, back to Route 66. Old cafes, motor courts, and the colorful downtown district all show evidence of the impact Route 66 had on this town.

What is Left of Route 66?:


The Museum Club is a Flagstaff landmark that harkens back to Route 66. Once located on the outskirts of town, this old highway watering hole is a Route 66 throwback now surrounded by present day Flagstaff.

There are hotels, motels and diners that formerly lined the famous Route 66.

Flagstaff Restaurants:


Flagstaff has a nice selection of restaurants, historic taverns and coffee shops. Recently added is a cool wine bar/coffee bar at the Monte Vista Hotel. More Flagstaff Places to Dine

Flagstaff Places to Stay:


Flagstaff has a variety of Bed and Breakfasts, cabins, vacation condos and hostels. You can stay in the historic Monte Vista Hotelright in the middle of everything or find spacious clean accomodations at the Little America Motel right outside town.

Skiing:


When there is adequate snowfall, Arizona Snowbowl is where people head to ski. The Arizona Snowbowl boasts some unique and spectacular scenery. You ride a lift and see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. But check first, drought has affected much of Arizona.

Gateway to the Grand Canyon's South Rim:

There are two ways to enter the Canyon from Flagstaff. One route heads through Williams to the west and the other, much closer, takes you on a less traveled back route. At the intersection of Highway 89 and 64, travel west on 64 to Grand Canyon National Park. More...

About Flagstaff, Arizona:

History

The City of Flagstaff, which became a town in 1894, is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is surrounded by one of the largest pine forests on earth. Flagstaff drew its name from a very tall pine tree made into a flagpole in 1876 to celebrate the American centennial. The city is a year-round retreat for visitors and many Arizonans maintain second homes there.



Lots To Do in Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a Historic Route 66 destination with buildings, signage and Route 66 memorabilia galore. Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University. Adjacent to the University is Riordan Mansion State Park. The Museum of Northern Arizona features Native American art, history and artifacts. If you are an astronomy buff, don't miss the Lowell Observatory high above Mars Hill. It's a fascinating place!

Flagstaff has quaint restaurants, fantastic outdoors shops, and an arts and music scene. In the winter, skiing at the Arizona Snow Bowl is another reason for visiting Flagstaff. They recently received permission to guarantee snow through artificial snow making.

Loving Flagstaff

Flagstaff is lovingly called "Flag" by residents and frequent visitors. Flagstaff's charm lies in the liberal, outdoorsy feel of the place.

With quaint shops, artist's studios, cozy restaurants and history galore, Flagstaff is worth a few days' stay as you head towards the Grand Canyon. If you are a Route 66 buff, you can re-trace the route, finding old signage, vintage hotels and motels and a haunted museum. If you like fine dining, try an Italian restaurant on the square. I also recommend stopping in to outdoors outfitters such as Babbits Back Country Outfitters for a look. You may come away with a new pack or guidebook. Just spending time in the store will give you a feel for the love of the outdoors that people who live in Flagstaff enjoy.

Enjoy Flagstaff year round.