Since the days when explorers sought adventure and fortune in the West, the San Francisco Peaks, located in northern Arizona, have been a guiding landmark. Founded as a railway and lumber town and then a major stop along America’s Mother Road, Route 66, Flagstaff is a must-see city with activities for every traveler. Although the Southwest is known for amazing desert landscapes, Flagstaff is a cool oasis housed among the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world. This was, and still is, a welcome relief for travelers seeking a place to enjoy the great outdoors year round.
Welcome to Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff offers a slew of epicurean delights; however, the city’s growing micro brewery scene is not to be missed. With the recent addition of Historic Brewing Company to the beloved collection of breweries in northern Arizona; Flagstaff’s legacy of crafting fermented delights continues. Local institutions like Beaver Street Brewery and Flagstaff Brewing Company – both open since the early 1990s – along with some newer favorites are tapping up award-winning ales and getting noticed.
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Surrounded by natural beauty, Flagstaff is a perfect canvas for artists to indulge their creative side. From hand-crafted glassware to a century-old orchestra, this quaint mountain town offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for every taste. There are artist galleries and studios lining the streets of the historic downtown and performing arts venues sprinkled through the city.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is one of the world’s great regional museums located in one of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes. The museum and its nine exhibit galleries evoke the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau and its richly diverse Native cultures, tribal lifeways, natural sciences, ecology and fine arts. Let the museum be your gateway to understanding this unique area.
Want to Stay up Late?
When the sun sets and the stars steal the show, there is still plenty to do in Flagstaff. Find a partner to two-step with at the Museum Club located on historic Route 66 or Lumberyard Brewing Company during its Country Western nights. If you prefer live entertainment, check out the Orpheum Theater, Green Room or one of Flagstaff’s other intimate venues.
Swing through the trees on suspended obstacles at the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, hike to the top of the highest peak in Arizona on Humphrey’s Trail, or enjoy the thrill of the slopes with a day of snowboarding and skiing at Arizona Snowbowl. Cyclists should head to the Flagstaff Urban Trail System or Flagstaff Nordic Center mountain biking trails.
Designed by Charles Whittlesey and completed in 1904, Flagstaff’s Riordan Mansion is one of the most unique Arts and Crafts style buildings in the southwest. The 557-square-meter duplex was designed for the Riordan brothers’ families and features natural elements like Ponderosa pine logs and volcanic rock acquired around Northern Arizona.
Flagstaff lies within the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world creating many opportunities to find scenic natural beauty. The snow-covered San Francisco Peaks are hard to miss and Arizona Snowbowl’s Scenic Chairlift Ride leaves one speechless with its picturesque view of the Grand Canyon in the distance. The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s greenhouses, gardens and natural habitats are a great place to learn more about the science of the forest and high-altitude ecosystems.