Since the days when explorers were seeking adventure and fortune in the West, the San Francisco Peaks, located in northern Arizona, have been a guiding landmark. Although the Southwest is known for its 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 travellers seeking a place to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.
Present day Flagstaff boasts a mix of bygone times with present day amenities. Outdoor enthusiasts have hundreds of trails to explore and for those who prefer to hit the town they have many choices of unique shops, restaurants and galleries to peruse. History buffs will delight in Route 66 nostalgia and the museums and attractions dedicated to Flagstaff’s history, while foodies can frequent the city’s growing roster of innovative eateries.
Flagstaff’s tree-lined streets hide some unexpected culinary surprises. From Coppa Café, a small, unpretentious European-style bistro practicing some unconventional procurement methods to Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, a Flagstaff fine dining institution famous for its contemporary American cuisine, the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene boasts an increasingly forest-to-fork focus.
In addition to its epicurean delights, the city’s growing micro brewery scene is not to be missed. With the recent addition of Historic Brewing Company, a microbrewery specializing in brewing techniques of the past, to Flagstaff’s legacy of crafting fermented delights at Beaver Street Brewery and Flagstaff Brewing Company; Flagstaff is tapping up award winning ales and getting noticed.
Work up an appetite at one of the many world-renowned attractions that call Flagstaff home. The winter season is perfect for family travellers or adventurous spirits to explore the mountains via ski, board or sled. With more than 700 meters of vertical drop over 40 different runs, Arizona Snowbowl offers skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels a place to enjoy the snow. The Flagstaff Nordic Center provides Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowbiking along with overnight yurt and cabin experiences.
The Museum of Northern Arizona, Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum offer a glimpse into the Native American culture and pioneering individuals that have occupied the region. Gaze into the universe at Lowell Observatory which offers nighttime viewings throughout the year. Whether traversing through an elevated obstacle course 15 to 60 feet off the ground at Flagstaff Extreme, of enjoying a leisurely drive through Bearizona Drive Thru Wildlife Park, Flagstaff offers activities to fit everyone’s style.
Start your adventure at the Flagstaff Visitor Center where staff can provide personalized travel information, free guides, maps and brochures as well as insider tips on how to experience all that Flagstaff has to offer.