"Town of Surrounding Sites" Top 5 Page for this destination Flagstaff by BruceDunning

Flagstaff Travel Guide: 419 reviews and 870 photos

Town Center is Thriving

The town is focused on the old downtown center, and it has done a fine job of revival for the core. It draws folks, mostly university crowd and tourists to come on down and enjoy an evening out for drinks and dinners. Even during the day, there seemed to be reasonable activity.
The city got its start late in US terms. Because there was a spring close by Fred McMillen settled here in 1876. By 1880 only 20 people lived here. In 1892 it started to become an attraction, mostly due to the railroad coming through town, and the local folk relocating the town to that center as a core. It did not become a certified city until 1928.

City of Old Business 66

The heritage of this famed route was/is anchored deep here. The main street in town is Rt 66/Milton Rd. Both ends of town with a distance between of about 10-12 miles are connected to I-40 and Rte 66 is the main exits off the interstate. That is good, and bad. The traffic got rather clustered and traffic back-ups pronounced, especially in rush hours.

Staging for Surrounding sites

Flagstaff enjoys the honor of having three good National Park Service parks right within 10 miles of town. Then it also has the San Francisco Peaks just to the north, and Coconino Forest, and 85 miles away is Grand Canyon-south rim. Besides all that is Sedona to the south about 40 miles

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of variety things to see/do
  • Cons:Too much traffic in the center of town area
  • In a nutshell:It is a nice staging place to see other region sites
  • Last visit to Flagstaff: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    a lot of suvenir in Flagstaff, duringa month trip in CA, Utha, Arizona!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    I've never visited this part of Arizona--only the desert south. Looks beautiful, especially around Sedona. Thanks for checking out my Indiana page.

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    I visited this page to find out if you had curry encounters similar to the one in Canyon de Chelly. I remember checking out about 10 places in Flaggstaff until I found one without curry and/or rose scent - but the room had icy air drafts LOL Sissi

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Wonderful place to visit ! It is amazing ti find an architecture such as Church of Nativity.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    I like the look of that cathedral too and The Museum Club is really impressive! My wife and I passed by Flagstaff on a rushed trip to the Grand Canyon a few years ago. We did not have enough time to sample Flagstaff but did see Oak Creek Canyon.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Glad you were able to have a great canyon trip - Sedona and Flagstaff are really special places for a stop on a road trip.......we enjoyed the observatory while we were in Flagstaff - no lights around there at night; very different.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

    Lovely tour - especially like the red rock Sedona view. Will work my way through all the great new pages. grazie, Carol

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Great to be the first one to see and rate your Flagstaff page. You captured the flavor of the era and gave us your keen insights. Beautiful photos to match your helpful narratives. Loved the architecture of the church!


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