Make your vacation grand in Flagstaff, Arizona
Although northern Arizona is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions, the largest of these is the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is the perfect destination to experience this natural wonders of the world and much more. Located only 81 miles south of the Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff is the perfect base to explore the entire region.
Start your vacation with a visit to the historic south rim to take in some of the most expansive views of the Grand Canyon and well-known structures including El Tovar and Mather Point. A drive through the park offers many different viewpoints and hiking opportunities. Complete your time at the Canyon at the lesser known Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Coulter and offering breathtaking overlooks.
Arriving back at your home base in Flagstaff does not mean your day is over. Dining and nightlife activities abound. Start the evening by visiting Pluto; or Lowell Observatory where Flagstaff’s favorite planet was discovered. Located near downtown, Lowell continues to be an active research facility and the main reason Flagstaff is the first internationally known dark skies city. Each evening telescopes are available for night sky viewing close up encounters with the moon.
The up-and-coming culinary scene in northern Arizona is nothing to be missed but the microbrew culture is front and center. To experience one, or all of Flagstaff’s seven microbreweries take part in the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail. The trail offers discounts and insights into award winning breweries including Historic Brewing, Wanderlust Brewing, Mother Road Brewery and Historic Brewing. Longtime Flagstaff favorites also include Beaver Street Brewery, Lumberyard Brewing and Flagstaff Brewing Company. If you prefer to experience the local brew scene with a guide, hop on the Alpine Pedaler or take a guided beer tour via bike with AZ Pedal Tours.
Take your time in the mountains of northern Arizona to explore the San Francisco Peaks, native cultures of the Navajo and Hopi, enjoy adventures in the treetops at Flagstaff Extreme or simply relax with friends and loved ones.