"Upscale University Town Nearest Grand Canyon" Top 5 Page for this destination Flagstaff by atufft

Flagstaff Travel Guide: 401 reviews and 783 photos

Route 66 town

I had heard that there's nothing to do in Flagstaff, but I found insted the quaint downtown worth at least a day of wandering, and during summer nights, Heritage Square is a busy people watching and sidewalk dining experience. For those rushing past on I-40--one of American's main continental thoroughfares--Flagstaff's Business Route 66 is a bit challenging. The towns off I-40 and the old Route 66 are often that way, take a left or right and the old town runs perpendicular to the hwy. But, take the drive time away from behind the wheel and relax at one of Flagstaff's many upscale quality restaurants, particularly within the newly redeveloped Heritage Square. The rest of downtown of late nineteenth and early twentieth century brick and red sandstone buildings have been mostly restored, providing maybe ten square blocks of historic architectural adventure for those interested in Route 66 towns.

Flagstaff is in the mountains

Unlike much of Arizona, Flagstaff is on a high plateau of some 7,000 feet, shrouded by a pinewood forest. It's a pleasant climate during summer, and in winter, Flagstaff receives a moderate amount of snow. The air is very clean, and it was here that one of the first astronomical observatories was built. The Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill above Flagstaff is a great experience for adults and children alike.

The old downtown has boutique shops and cafes

Looking for a place to stretch our legs and relax during our first quick stop in town, I came upon a hip little latte shop with sandwiches along San Francisco Street. Downtown has a number of boutique shops, and because of town is also host to Northern Arizon University, the city has plenty of energy even downtown.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of the more hip commuities on Route 66
  • Cons:High mountains and slightly cold in winter
  • In a nutshell:I would consider a stay here if necessary before Grand Canyon
  • Last visit to Flagstaff: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Dec 17, 2008
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    I'm looking forward to a stop here in November! Gillybob greetings

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I had no idea that the Lowell Observatory was open to the public like this, nor that Flagstaff was such a beautiful community.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2008 at 7:00 AM

    Alan, looks like you had some beautiful weather here. Last time I passed through Flagstaff there was a blizzard. You took some great photos.

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Nice page. I once had this as a planned stop on a Greyhound bus tour of the US. In the end, I just spent the whole summer travelliing around California. The USA is So big.


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