Journey to Flagstaff, Arizona
Perhaps more than ever, people choose a destination that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. This is why more and more travelers are choosing to travel to Flagstaff, Arizona for the endless outdoor activities.
While many people envision cactus in Arizona’s landscape, Flagstaff is unique among Arizona’s cities and at an elevation of 7,000′ it is well positioned in the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest. Imagine yourself in lush greenery, stargazing at the Arizona sky on a clear night in summer. You can also zip lining, meandering, or really focusing on the many lesser-traveled trails. The American Lung Association ranked Flagstaff the cleanest U.S. town for year-round particle pollution, a testament to the region’s beautiful environment. Flagstaff is a great place to enjoy breathtaking mountain views and clear blue sapphire sky. Enjoy wildlife viewing in mountain meadows surrounded by fields of wildflowers, clean fresh breezes, and pine-scented alpine forest.
Discover Flagstaff’s City of Seven Wonders. From Phoenix, Flagstaff is just a short drive north for awe-inspiring discoveries of heritage and history at every turn and is only 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Flagstaff is the ideal place to base yourself on the “City of Seven Wonders” adventure tour. It includes Grand Canyon National Park and Walnut Canyon National Monuments, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments, Wupatki National Monuments, Oak Creek Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, Coconino National Forest, and Wupatki National Monument. Each of these outdoor activities offer the perfect setting for social distancing.
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Flagstaff’s restaurants are known for their unique, eclectic, and forest-totable experiences.
Creative chefs and talented culinary minds are at work creating menu items for sharing plates or simple goodness experiences that can be enjoyed. It is a commitment to sourcing local ingredients. Some of these ingredients may have been harvested from the forest nearby. Dining at one of more than 200 Flagstaff restaurants will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.
Flagstaff houses Northern Arizona University. There are many dining options and a vibrant craft beer scene in this vibrant college town. While visiting, make your way along the Flagstaff Brewery Trail to taste for yourself why the governor designated this mountain town as Arizona’s Leading Craft Brew City. Pick up brewery trail maps and passports at the Flagstaff Visitor Center or download at Flagstaff Brewery Trail (craftbeerflg.com).
Enjoy fine dining at Josephine’s Modern American Bistro, where Chef Tony Cosentino was named Chef of the Year. Josephine’s Modern American Bistro is located in a historic building. It has been designated as a Craftsman Bungalow example. The restaurant offers a variety of menu items that showcase the best seafood and produce of the season. Enjoy your meal with a bottle of wine, which has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence several times in the past. Wine doesn’t stop there. In the heart of downtown, on San Francisco Street, you will find Flg Terroir, a hip wine bar, and local foodie hotspot. Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence was given to this wine bar for its high standards of service and quality. A visit to Sweet Shoppe Candy Store in downtown Flagstaff is a must-do. They sell chocolates, gelato, and candy apples.
Take advantage of free self-guided walking tours such as Route 66 Walk This Talk partially narrated by Ted Danson, Flagstaff Public Art, Lunar Landmarks Trail, Haunted Flagstaff, Historic Downtown and The Green Book History, while guided tours include Az Segway and Pedal Tours or Alpine Pedaler.
Flagstaff offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxurious mountain lodging to cozy bed and breakfasts to campsites. Book hotels that are new or perhaps something more historic in downtown along the city’s famed Mother Road, Route 66.
Flagstaff is a great place to visit for all seasons. Winter adventures await in Arizona’s officially designated Winter Wonderland with an average 108” of snow fall in downtown, while Spring offers breathtaking beauty of blooms. Summer temperatures are perfect with averages in the low 80s, and the bounty continues into Fall with a panoramic canvas of quaking aspen and foliage offering hues of reds and purples.
While in Flagstaff, please adhere to CDC and local health guidelines. Wash your hands often, use a mask, and keep your social circle to a minimum. For more information go to discoverflagstaff.com or stop by the Flagstaff Visitor Center in historic downtown on Route 66.
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