Starry skies over the Wupatki National Monument
Entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Hiker and her dog on Humphrey's Peak
Hiking on the trails around Flagstaff
Historic downtown Flagstaff
Welcome to “Dark Sky City”
Eat & Drink
For a city with a year-round population of less than 70,000 (more if you include the Northern Arizona University student body), Flagstaff boasts a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene. There are ethnic cuisines from around the world, elegant high-end dining, and a vibrant farm-to-table culture as well. If you like craft beer brewed locally and with precise attention to detail, visit Mother Road Brewing Company. Check out Twin Arrows Casino if you’re in the mood for drinks, food, music and trying your luck. Similarly, a robust array of coffee roasters will ensure that you’ll remain wide awake to take advantage of Flagstaff’s many tourist attractions and outdoor landscapes.
The central motivation to visit Flagstaff is for the stunning nature. Even Forrest Gump ran through this town in a famous scene from the movie. It’s a hidden paradise for hiking, biking, camping, climbing and even cross-country and downhill skiing; the outdoorsy culture is reflected clearly in the healthy, happy demeanor of Flagstaff locals. Arizona Snowbowl is a winter and summer playground for skiing, camping and hiking. Great skiing and snowboarding here in winter. Walnut Canyon National Monument and Wupatki National Monument are national parks near Flagstaff where you can hike past prehistoric cliff dwellings and pueblos (Native American adobe houses.)
There’s a plethora of local parks and natural attractions -- you’re sure to be bowled over by views of Sunset Crater National Monument, a volcano cone over 300 meters tall. Flagstaff is also the most popular base of operations for visiting the Grand Canyon (97 kilometers away); you can even reach the canyon on a stunningly picturesque train trip, using the nearby Grand Canyon Railway! If you’re very fit, hike Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state at 3850 meters (an 8+ hour hike). For a shorter hike--2.4 kilometers--bring headlamp and head north to Lava River Cave, which is practically an underground museum.
A Dose of Culture
Flagstaff is home to several worthy museums, including the rustic Museum of Northern Arizonadedicated to the art and culture of the Colorado Plateau, the distinctive red rock region that makes up the four corners of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Another zippy museum worth visiting is the Planes of Fame Air Museum dedicated to preserving aviation history and home to famous, now-grounded airplanes from movies and military past. Don't miss the Lowell Observatory. Go at night to watch the stars. Flagstaff and surrounding towns of Sedona and Prescott Valley are also UFO hot spots. In Sedona, take a 90-minute U.F.O. Night Vision Sky Tour that offers military-grade night vision goggles and a UFO sighting guarantee!