Since the days when explorers were seeking adventure and fortune in the West and the more recent golden age of the family road trip on Route 66, the San Francisco Peaks, located in northern Arizona, have been a guiding landmark. Although the Southwest is known for its amazing desert landscapes, Flagstaff is a cool mountain top oasis nestled in the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world. The city was, and still is, a welcome relief for travelers seeking a place to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.Today, Flagstaff boasts a mix of authentic Old West charm with a quirky modern cultural scene. Outdoor enthusiasts have hundreds of trails to explore and for those who prefer to hit the town there are many choices of unique shops, restaurants and galleries to peruse. History buffs will delight in Route 66 nostalgia and the museums and attractions dedicated to Flagstaff’s history. The Mother Road celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016 and you are invited to join Flagstaff in celebrating this milestone with 66 things to do on Route 66. The full list can be found at flagstaffarizona.org/route66.Spend your time at one of the many world-renowned attractions that call Flagstaff home. The Museum of Northern Arizona, Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum offer a glimpse into the Native American culture and pioneering individuals that have occupied the region. Gaze into the universe at Lowell Observatory which offers nighttime stargazing throughout the year. Whether traversing through an elevated obstacle course 15 to 60 feet off the ground at Flagstaff Extreme, riding the ski chair lift to the highest point in the state or wandering through ancient cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff offers activities to fit everyone’s style.Special events and festivals fill the weekends in Flagstaff May through October. No matter when you visit there is often something special you will want to work into your itinerary. Use the city’s online calendar of events at flagstaff365.com to plan which events you must attend during your visit.Foodies will enjoy Flagstaff’s growing roster of innovative eaters and the city’s tree-lined streets hide some unexpected culinary surprises. From Coppa Café, a small, unpretentious European-style bistro practicing some unconventional procurement methods to Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, a Flagstaff fine dining institution famous for its contemporary American cuisine, the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene boasts an increasingly forest-to-fork focus. In addition to its epicurean delights, the city’s growing microbrewery scene is not to be missed. With the recent addition of Dark Sky Brewing Company, Historic Brewing Company, Mother Road Brewing Company and Wanderlust Brewing, to Flagstaff’s longtime favorites like Beaver Street Brewery and Flagstaff Brewing Company; Flagstaff is tapping up award winning ales and getting noticed. A pub-crawl style ride on the Alpine Pedaler is a great way for first time visitors to get an introduction to Flagstaff’s nightlife and downtown brew pub scene.Start your adventure at the Flagstaff Visitor Center 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.One E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001www.flagstaffarizona.org
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