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No matter the season, this high country city has plenty of outdoor adventure right in its backyard.

Top 9 attractions in Flagstaff

Wupatki National Monument

Walk in the footsteps of the Native American tribes who built their pueblos in the deserts of the American Southwest at Wupatki National Monument. For thousands of years, tribes like the Anasazi and Sinagua lived in these rugged deserts, and among the myriad pueblos left behind is Wupatki Ruin, one of the largest and most elaborate in the region. It was three stories tall and had almost 100 rooms when the Sinagua people built it about 800 years ago. Along with exploring the ruins of a dozen pueblo villages, visitors can also hike the easy Doney Mountain Trail to the top of a volcanic cinder cone, and the visitor center has exhibits describing the culture and history of the people that lived here.More

Coconino National Forest

The towns of Flagstaff and Sedona both sit within the Coconino National Forest, a 1.9-million acre area of protected land fringed by four additional national forests. Many of the natural attractions around Flagstaff can be found within Coconino National Forest, such as the San Francisco Peaks—including the 12,600-foot Humphreys Peak—and the Sunset Crater National Monument. Visitors can find ample outdoor adventures within the forest, from fishing and swimming holes along Wet Beaver Creek to hiking and biking on red rock trails like those around Carroll Canyon.More

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

The red rim and colorful slopes of the Sunset Crater set it apart amongst the surrounding pine forests of Northern Arizona. The Sunset Crater erupted less than 1000 years ago, making it the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. You can learn about the eruption’s effects on the landscape and historic populations on a visit to the park.More

San Francisco Peaks

A collection of once violent volcanoes dots the rugged high desert north of Flagstaff. Collectively called the San Francisco Peaks, or just ‘The Peaks’ by locals, today they sit dormant, offering a wilderness playground for adventurous visitors keen to hike, climb, bike or ski. The tallest is Humphrey’s Peak towering 12,633 feet, where hearty hikers can tackle a nine-mile, round-trip hike to its top. For wildlife spotting, lower elevation trails like Little Bear Trail wind through ponderosa pine, oak, and aspen forests, and the Lava River Cave offers great views and an exciting walk through a lava tube. The 44-mile Peaks Loop road is perfect for car-based sightseeing, while winter visitors can hit the slopes at Wing Mountain or the Snowbowl Ski Area.More

Bearizona Wildlife Park

Driving through the Bearizona wildlife park offers the thrilling opportunity to spot a stunning number of wild animals. Watch as a black bear lumbers through the forest or a wolf sneaks slowly through the grass, and see Bighorn sheep, bison, and burros graze in the forested setting.More

Museum of Northern Arizona

Filled with American Indian artifacts, fine art, and natural science displays, the Museum of Northern Arizona is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Colorado Plateau. Visit the 200-acre (80-hectare) campus to explore the vast array of exhibits as well as the museum’s majestic surroundings.More

Mother Road Brewing Company

To sample some of Flagstaff’s best craft beers, head to Mother Road Brewing Company. Named after Historic Route 66, which was nicknamed the Mother Road in its heyday, the brewery sits just a couple blocks from the iconic highway that runs through the center of town. The brewery is located in the Milum Building, a former commercial laundromat that has been repurposed in an ideal spot to grab a pint after a day of adventuring in the surrounding mountains and high desert. Their artfully crafted beers include complex flavors like the mesquite honey and British hops of the English Barleywine-style 4th Anniversary Ale or the coffee and orange notes of the popular chocolate stout Lost Highway.More
Beaver Street Brewery

Beaver Street Brewery

A popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, Beaver Street Brewery is an easy-going bar and restaurant like you hope to find in any town that prides itself on the adventurous nature of its surroundings. During the summers, it’s a hub of river guides, mountain bikers, and road trippers cruising Route 66. Under the warm sunshine, crowds gather in the outdoor beer garden to eat and drink against a great view of the San Francisco Peaks. Come winter, the ski crowd piles inside for burgers, pizzas and fondue alongside bold, award-winning beers like Big Rapid Red and Hopshot IPA.More

Historic Route 66

Spanning eight states and 2,448 miles (3,940 kilometers), Historic Route 66 has become a cultural icon, immortalized in song and on the silver screen. This romanticized road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica offers drivers an inside look at classic America—kitschy roadside attractions, diners, historic motels, and plenty of 1950s nostalgia.More
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What is Flagstaff known for?

Flagstaff is the largest town on historic Route 66 in Arizona. It’s the gateway to the San Francisco Peaks and the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, which lies about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north. The Lowell Observatory, a national historic landmark, is among the oldest astronomical observatories in the United States.

How do I spend a day in Flagstaff?

Start downtown, known for its independent shops inside historic buildings. Visit Riordan Mansion, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Lowell Observatory, a national historic landmark and among the oldest astronomical observatories in the United States. Finish your day with a sunset ride on the Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Gondola.

What do the locals do in Flagstaff?

Flagstaff locals take advantage of the great outdoors by hiking, running, biking, and stargazing in the San Francisco Peaks mountain range and beyond. The walkable downtown has independent bookstores and boutiques, summer farmers markets, the historic Orpheum Theater, and a lively bar scene popular with students from Northern Arizona University.

What are the seven wonders of Flagstaff?

Flagstaff—also known as “The City of Seven Wonders,”—lies in a strategic position near seven expansive natural wonders of the American Southwest. These are the Coconino National Forest, Oak Creek Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, the San Francisco Peaks, and Grand Canyon National Park.

What is there to do indoors in Flagstaff?

Three of Flagstaff’s top attractions are indoors. These are the Riordan Mansion, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Lowell Observatory—a national historic landmark and among the oldest astronomical observatories in the United States. The Flagstaff Visitor Center, Pioneer Museum, and Fort Tuthill Military History Museum round out the options.

Is Flagstaff worth visiting?

Yes. Flagstaff lies along historic U.S. Route 66 near seven natural wonders of the American Southwest, including the Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Grand Canyon National Park. The Lowell Observatory, a national historic landmark, is among the oldest astronomical observatories in the United States.


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