Flagstaff Travel Guide

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Flagstaff Highlights

  • Pro
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    Yaqui says…

     Beautiful historical town still lives along Route 66 

  • Con
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    BruceDunning says…

     Too much traffic in the center of town area 

  • In a nutshell
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    Yaqui says…

     If you love being part of history, this is a wonderful place to experience it! 

Flagstaff Things to Do

  • Flaggstaff Wild Flowers

    We had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful sight. Although, the Arizona desert has many wonderful types of desert flowers, Flagstaff had this huge field of yellow daisies (I assume) at our doorstop when we stayed here one night. We had stayed here before at a Wydham Resort and are very pleased with the accommodations there and it is very easy to...

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  • For kids: WING SNOW PLAY AREA

    During the winter season in Arizona, a great place to go to with the kids is the Wing Snow Play Area -- we go here every year. Before, we would buy the "plastic" sleds at the gas stations but for 2013, we bought these wonderful plastic blow-up sleds which were 70% off at Flagstaff's Target store (just about $6 each). Of course, we also had to buy...

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  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    These well preserved cliff dwellings of the Singua People were inhabited from 600 to 1400 AD. The site is about 10 miles east of Flagstaff and the actual cliff dwellings are accessed via a strenous 1 mile path down into the canyon

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  • Lowell Observatory

    Fouded by Percival Lowell the man who first theorized then later discovered Pluto. This observatory was founded in 1894 and is still today one of the primary centers in America for astronomical research. The sight has a museum and offers either self guided or guided tours of the sight.

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  • Wupatki National Monument

    The first pueblo is the Wukoki Pueblo and the trail is an easy .5 mile (.8km) walk to pueblos. You can walk inside most of the pueblos, except Wupatki. Wukoki is unique because it sits on top of a huge rock with a river bed. There is a neat little trail that circles it.Wupatki Pueblo is located at the Visitor Center, open from 9-5, is a self-guided...

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  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    The eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano was estimated to have destroyed all plants within a 5-mile radius. A fountain of fire, 850 feet high, was visible for miles around. An ash cloud rose 2.5 miles into the sky, and falling ash covered about 64,000 acres. In the aftermath, the Sunset Crater area was no longer farmable. People relocated, some to...

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Flagstaff Restaurants

  • Dog-gone Fun

    A little drive-thru chalet specializing in dogs, burgers, and sides.With my schedule it's hard for me to get there when they're open. Tonight was the first time, so I tried several items.The Chicago Dog ... ahh, not so much. The dog was just a pup, and I doubt if a REAL dog in Chi-town would have those hotter-than-hell jalapenos on them. The onion...

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  • A Galaxy of Fun

    Great '50s retro dining experience. Great food. Happy Days! Man, it's ALL good! Love the onion rings. Love the chocolate parfaits! Can't go too wrong here!

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  • Really Unique~

    I would have to say this is a unique place to eat because its a well know food chain establishment located in another unique destination. As always their service was fast, friendly and the quality of food is always great. We had pizza's with your choice of veggies. Have you had a pizza at Subway? You should try it. With Veggies on it, is excellent!...

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Flagstaff Nightlife

  • Dancing, Drinking and OTB

    The Museum Club opened in 1931 with the proclamation it was the "biggest log cabin in the world". That soon became in the nation, then in the state. It still holds one distinction though, it has the largest doorway made from a ponderosa pine split by lightning. Sometime around 1900 a Ponderosa Pine was struck by lightning. It then began to grow two...

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  • Good food, good beer and good company

    Beaver Street Brewery, to me, really typifies Flagstaff: friendly, homey and good quality.The food is good, the beer is probably the best in town, the atmosphere is great, and the people are friendly. It's Flagstaff...

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  • The best beer in town

    I can not belive the Mogollon is not on Virtualtourist yet!!! Mogollon Brewing Company is the coolest place in Flag, and my favourite bar, of course. It is cosy, the barpeople are very nice and so are the customers. You will never sit alone for more than five minutes in this place, people are very friendly, kinda like always in Flag though. One of...

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Flagstaff Transportation

  • Greyhound to Las Vegas

    I used the Greyhound for my journey from Flagstaff to Las Vegas in November 2011. My ticket (single journey) cost US$51.00 plus a US$0.99 booking fee.Unfortunately, the bus encountered problems and we broke down not long after departing Kingman. However, the bus driver was excellent - realising early that there was an issue with the bus and...

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  • Arizona Shuttle

    Arizona Shuttle connects Flagstaff with Grand Canyon Village and Phoenix.I was very pleased with the service I received.I used Arizona Shuttle to travel from Phoenix to Flagstaff, then connecting to Grand Canyon Village and to return from Grand Canyon Village to Flagstaff.Whilst transitting from Phoenix to Flagstaff, we encountered a traffic jam on...

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  • Mountain Line Transit

    Many visitors fail to realize that Flagstaff has a cheap and effective transit system called the Mountain Line. Five routes traverse the town every 30 or 60 minutes, dependent upon the route, and all run 7 days a week. The bus can be used to get from one extreme of town to another, or from Downtown to attractions like NAU, the Museum of Northern...

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Flagstaff Shopping

  • For Authentic Native Art

    As we familiarized ourselves with historic Flagstaff, we came upon the Painted Desert Trading Company, which carried quite a bit of Native American crafts and Southwest style gifts (picture 2).My husband recently decided to begin collecting pottery, so he had his eye on a black on black decorative piece. After a walk around the shop, he also added...

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  • Last chance on the way to Grand Canyon

    not strictly Flagstaff but Tusayan.Included here just because it is really your last chance to stock up on water drinks or whatever before you enter the Grand Canyon park at South Rim, if you are driving from Flagstaff. Also some diner options as well as the grocery / general storeWholly unremarkable but nothing after this until you're on your way...

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  • Flagstaff Souvenirs

    This visitor center is very unique since it is located in the historic train station, it also has some unique Route 66 gifts, Flagstaff souvenirs a many other types of gifts and books.Built in 1926 to replace the original railroad depot, it still serves the community as an Amtrak train station and a Visitor Center. I can never say enough about...

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Flagstaff Local Customs

  • Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!!

    Flagstaff is an extremely "dog friendly" town!! You will see people walking their dogs downtown, dogs sitting out on the patios with their owners, dogs off the leash in most or all of the wide open spaces in and around Flagstaff, and of course dogs in the park, and "dog parks" aka bark parks of which we have two.

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  • Patios

    If you are in Flagstaff, and it is even a little bit warm outside, your best bet is to go downtown and walk around until you find a place with a patio, then sit and enjoy a couple beers. This is where you'll rub shoulders with locals, and probably have the best time. Overall people are really interested in talking to you, especially if you're...

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  • You are close to Navajo and...

    You are close to Navajo and Hopi country here, but be warned if traveling to reservations -- they have their own law, and you don't want to cross them. The reservations are 'dry' so do NOT take alcohol. I haven't run into trouble with them, but I understand if you get pulled over or stopped by 'rez' police, you will have to bribe your way out of...

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Flagstaff Warnings and Dangers

  • Homeless or Publically intoxicated

    I hesitated to mention this before, but thought it might be a good idea. As with many cities, each one is touched with the sadness of the homeless or publically intoxicated citizens. Although, we did not encounter any other unfortunate individuals in the center of the historic downtown area, we did while walked over to the old train station that is...

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  • ONE-WAY Streets

    With most of if not all of the historical downtown area in America, you will find ONE-WAY streets. Now, I am sure that most local residence is tolerable if tourists are not use to this. Yet, there is a few that ARE NOT and you might incur some “colorful metaphors” as Spock had put it in a movie (can you guess which one?). Any ways, just keep on...

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  • Dress in Layers!

    The weather will start out cool and can go to very warm (particularly in the summer months) and then back to cool and/or cold at night!! So, yes, this happens a lot of places, but, I'm always surprised at how many people DON'T dress in layers while visiting here! And if you're hiking into the Grand Canyon...there can be a temperature change within...

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Flagstaff Tourist Traps

  • Meteor Crater

    About 50,000 years ago, a meteor crashed into the earth and left this crater. You can't climb in and walk around the inside of the crater, but for $10 you can walk around the crater. If you're that interested in seeing a big hole in the ground, continue driving north to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon. Or, more locally, Sunset Crater Volcanic...

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  • Meteor Crater

    Yes it's a BIG hole!!!Don't throw big bucks into it. You could learn something about meteors there. Lowell Observatory1400 W Mars Hill RdFlagstaff, AZ774-3358after all Pluto was discovered here!Visit their website at:http://www.lowell.edu

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  • The Meteor Crater.... yes, I...

    The Meteor Crater.... yes, I think you should see this, but at the same time you'll be paying a good deal of money to see it! You'll have to deal with tourists and such... at any rate, it can be kind of touristy, I'm sorry to say. But again, it's not THAT bad if you compare it to other tourists places.

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Flagstaff What to Pack

  • Fleece is Fine in the Summertime

    Unlike other parts of Arizona, Flagstaff is at 7000' and gets summer "monsoons" during July and August afternoons that can really cool things off. A fleece jacket or a sweater is a good thing to have with you.

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  • General packing tips

    Dress in layers: always. The sun can be hot at daytime even in the winter. But as soon at it sets the tempretaure drops quickly. Sometimes it's almost like you can wear flipflops at day and moonboots at night ;-)There is a good chance of getting snow in the winter, though it can melt fast because of the everyday sunshine. Be prepared for anything...

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  • News Flash!

    Just for the record...Arizona is not just a big sandbox. Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet and gets cold! If you're coming anytime between December and March expect snow. The summers are temperate, and usually top out at around 78 degrees. We have a ski resort, as well as a ton of outdoorsy things to do so if that's your bag, then pack accordingly

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Flagstaff Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown Murals

    As we wondered around a bit, I came upon just a couple of murals. I am sure this lovely city has more. So the time next I visit I will explore more and add them. Artist jetsonorama “The San Francisco Peaks Are Sacred” located behind McGaughs Smoke and Bootle, South San Francisco Street and Butler.One of the funkiest murals I have seen was located...

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  • Barringer Meteor. Crater Arizona

    Probably one of the most perfect meteor crater in the worldAlmost 2.5 miles in circumference and was created by an impact event in excess of the power of 150 atomic bombs leashed on Japan during WWIIDirections to the Crater centreMeteor Crater is located off I-40 at exit 233, then 6 miles south on the paved road. 35 miles east of Flagstaff, 20...

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  • Hwy 89A-Red Rock Canyon Road

    This is a wonderful highway for views and also to stop and enjoy the small shops, see cabins and campgrounds along the way and some unique art. These are some of those. The whole area is like going back into the 1950's, and nothing has changed. NO chain restaurants, or motels' just good folk liking you to stop by. The major views start after the...

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Flagstaff Favorites

  • Stay in Flag or in Sedona?

    Going to chime in on the side of Sedona to stay for sure. Sedona has beautiful scenery and won't be nearly as cold that time of year. Sedona is definitely pricey, but very serene. There are lots of art galleries, and "woo woo" kinds of places around. Met my wife because she went to a Tarot card reader up there, next day she got on Match for the...

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  • The Open Grazing Concept

    As we drove through the countryside towards Meteor Crater, we noticed cattle grazing in pastures running alongside the highway. Well, that's not so strange you might think.However, there were no fences to be seen because Arizona has an open grazing policy.Signs cautioning drivers that calves may be wandering the roadways, seemed so odd to us...

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  • We just drove by and happened...

    We just drove by and happened to see the sign! What a surprise it was discovering what we almost missed. Just discovering this place!Please read my travelogue on Gene Shoemaker

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