City of Flagstaff

EXPERIENCING THE SCENIC WONDERS of northern Arizona completes any Arizona spring visit, especially when including one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Whether it’s a first time visit to check off this majestic chasm from the bucket list or a return visit for a below the rim experience; Flagstaff is the perfect base to explore this region.

Located an easy and scenic two-hour drive north of Phoenix, Flagstaff is a four season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventure beckon. With the rugged San Francisco Peaks as a backdrop, outdoor enthusiasts can access seven national parks and monuments within a two hour drive of Flagstaff.

Start the vacation with a visit to the historic south rim to take in some of the most expansive views of the Grand Canyon and well-known historic structures including the El Tovar Hotel and Mather Point. A drive through the park offers many different viewpoints and hiking opportunities. Complete the day at the Canyon at the Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Coulter featuring breathtaking overlooks and Colorado River views.

Arriving back in Flagstaff is the beginning of an evening filled with a wealth of dining and nightlife activities. Flagstaff is a craft beer town and the local microbrew culture is not to be missed. To experience Flagstaff’s seven microbreweries, take part in the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail. The trail offers discounts and insights into award-winning breweries including the newest offerings at Historic Brewing, Wanderlust Brewing, Mother Road Brewery and Dark Sky Brewing. Longtime Flagstaff favorites on the trail also include Beaver Street Brewery, Lumberyard Brewing and Flagstaff Brewing Company.

Foodies will enjoy Flagstaff’s ever-growing roster of innovative eateries and deciding where to dine might be the most difficult decision of the trip. The city’s burgeoning restaurant scene boasts a forest-to-table focus with locations like Coppa Café, Tinderbox Kitchen and Root Public House including locally foraged ingredients in many seasonal dishes.

Cap off the evening by visiting Pluto; or Lowell Observatory where Flagstaff ’s favorite planet was discovered. Located near downtown, Lowell continues to be an active research facility and a significant reason Flagstaff is the first internationally known dark sky city. Each evening multiple telescopes are available around the observatory grounds offering a close encounter with celestial objects.

Start your adventure at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (One E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) where staff can provide personalized travel information, free guides, maps and brochures as well as insider tips on how to experience all that Flagstaff has to offer.

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23 Mar 2017

By Elaine Earle