Located two hours from six national monuments and Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff is a thriving university town with a charming historic downtown. Here are six things to do.
1. Tourist Home Urban Market
Why go: Opened in 2014, this fabulous spot still has an old outdoor neon sign from the days it served as a hostel for sheepherders, beginning in 1926. Today, this hip counter-service restaurant is a gourmet food hot spot.
Tip: Have breakfast or lunch, pick up specialty foods and sample the delicious pastries baked fresh daily. Try the quiche followed by the double chocolate espresso cookie.
2. Grand Canyon Cafe
Why go: Opened 75 years ago, this longtime local and Route 66 traveler favorite switched hands in 2017 from longtime owners the Wong family. Check out the restored juke box and renovated booth seating.
Tip: The chicken-fried steak has been a favorite of diners for decades.
3. Six Nearby National Monuments
Why go: There are six national monuments and Grand Canyon National Park within two hours of Flagstaff, each offering something different.
Tip: Head to Walnut Canyon National Monument 10 miles southeast of downtown Flagstaff. The one-mile roundtrip strenuous Island Trail will take you past 25 ancient cliff dwelling rooms.
4. The Museum Club
Why go: One of the only original Route 66 roadhouses still standing, this log cabin attracts national acts like Willie Nelson, features two bars and is home to one of the largest wooden dance floors in the state.
Tip: Check out the various animal mounts hanging on the walls. Before it became a bar, The Museum Club was a taxidermy. It’s located at 3404 East Route 66.
5. Lowell Observatory
Why go: This world-class observatory is where Pluto was discovered and the moon was mapped for early NASA astronauts.
Tip: If you go in the evening, you can get up-close views of planets, stars and the moon through Lowell’s telescopes.
6. Arizona Snowbowl
Why go: In summer take a scenic chair lift to 11,500 feet at this ski area located in the San Francisco peaks.
Tip: At the top, you’ll see the red rocks of Sedona and the walls of the Grand Canyon in the distance. Bring layers, sunscreen and water because temperatures are chillier up high and the sun is extra strong.
For more information:
Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau
One E. Route 66