A great base from which to explore the Grand Canyon National Park and the Arizona Snowbowl, this town offers adventure all year round.

Flagstaff’s four distinct seasons and proximity to the Grand Canyon make it extremely popular for many outdoor recreation activities, including hiking, skiing, boating and biking.

The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is a 90-minute drive away, so many of Flagstaff’s outdoor adventures take advantage of the imposing local landscape.

Take a white water rafting tour with one of the many local river tour companies. Tours can be motorized or oar-powered and are designed to suit different levels of experience.

For hikers, there are also many options. Join up with a guided day tour or a week long hike through the striking terrain, or set out yourself along the 33-mile (53-kilometer) urban trail system which offers hikes on well-maintained trails.

Make a trip to treetop-based Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, which has an elevated obstacle course which climbs as high as 60 feet (18 meters) off the ground. The course has zip lines, suspended bridges, nets, swings and an aerial surf board.

In the winter, the Arizona Snowbowl is the center of Flagstaff’s skiing and boarding scene. Snowmaking technology enables this resort to add to natural snow fall throughout the season. Wing Mountain Snow Play Area also gets busy with thrill-seeking winter tourists.

When you’ve had enough adventure and are looking to take it easy, take the short drive to Mormon Lake. Here, you can go horseback riding, fishing or take a hike along one of Coconino National Forest’s trails. The Nature Conservancy organizes free guided nature walks.

Back in town, Flagstaff has an accomplished arts and entertainment scene. Visit the Coconino Center for the Arts, the largest art gallery in northern Arizona, and a collection of local and regional works. More local artistry can be found at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum. Aside from its permanent collection, the Museum of Northern Arizona holds regular lectures, activities and events.

Where to stay in Flagstaff

Southside Neighborhood
Station and Visitor Center.
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Southside Neighborhood

4.5/5(71 reviews)

While Southside Neighborhood might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Lowell Observatory and Flagstaff City Hall.

Baderville
Too crowded to go up mountain
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Baderville

If you're spending some time in Baderville, Fort Valley is a top sight worth visiting.

Downtown Flagstaff
North Central Arizona showing signage

Downtown Flagstaff

4.5/5(12 reviews)

While visiting Downtown Flagstaff, you might make a stop by sights like Doris Harper White Community Playhouse and West of the Moon Gallery.

Top Hotels in Flagstaff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff
2.5 out of 5
2015 S Beulah Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ
$75
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Woodlands Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Riordon Mansion and Northern Arizona University. Lowell Observatory is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,458 reviews)

"The landscaping was gorgeous the interior decoration in the lobby was gorgeous the room is gorgeous and I especially love the purple accent wall. I love how the rooms are angled"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff
Days Inn by Wyndham Flagstaff - West Route 66
Days Inn by Wyndham Flagstaff - West Route 66
2 out of 5
1000 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ
$45
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Situated in Flagstaff, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Riordon Mansion and Northern Arizona University. Lowell Observatory is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. Flagstaff ...

3.3/5 (2,505 reviews)

"Breakfast and room. Friendly environment and reception was helpful"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Flagstaff - West Route 66
Baymont by Wyndham Flagstaff
Baymont by Wyndham Flagstaff
2.5 out of 5
2005 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ
$59
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riordon Mansion and Northern Arizona University. Lowell Observatory is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

3.7/5Good! (3,114 reviews)

"The front desk staff was always very helpful and pleasant to speak with."…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Baymont by Wyndham Flagstaff

Popular things to do in Flagstaff

Meteor Crater
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Meteor Crater

4.5/5(99 reviews)

Study a massive impact crater, created by a meteorite in the northern Arizona desert that hit earth about 50,000 years ago.

Lowell Observatory
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Lowell Observatory

4.5/5(411 reviews)

This observatory is famous for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto and features many educational activities, historic telescopes and events for visitors.

Humphreys Peak
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Humphreys Peak

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Arizona’s highest mountain soars out of the Coconino National Forest and the hiking trail that leads to its summit passes by tundra, wildflowers and volcanic peaks.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Walnut Canyon National Monument

4.5/5(338 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Walnut Canyon National Monument, a favorite green space in Flagstaff. Amble around the area's lush forest or seek out the hiking trails.

Arizona Snowbowl
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Arizona Snowbowl

4.5/5(409 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Arizona Snowbowl, a top ski area in Flagstaff. Discover the top-notch restaurants and lively festivals in this family-friendly area.

Oak Creek Canyon
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Oak Creek Canyon

4.5/5(1,302 reviews)

Take one of Arizona’s most beautiful scenic drives through this canyon and be sure to take your hiking boots, fishing rod, swimsuit and camera along for the ride.

Top activities in Flagstaff

Antelope Canyon Tour
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Antelope Canyon Tour

$174

This tour is for the traveler who wants to discover a spectacular, off-the-beaten-track gem that offers scenery unlike any other location in the country. Antelope Canyon is one of the American Southwest's best-kept secrets, and it begs to be discovered and explored.

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour from Flagstaff
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Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour from Flagstaff

$208

Experience the spectacular beauty of 2 iconic Southwest landmarks on this guided expedition. First, venture into Antelope Canyon, 1 of the world's best-known slot canyons, and then take a short hike to survey the incredible Horseshoe Bend.

Multi-Stop Grand Canyon Tour with Lunch
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon Tour with Lunch

$181

Discover the Grand Canyon from multiple angles on a comprehensive tour that leads you to the most popular viewpoints. Enjoy a window seat in a comfortable vehicle and listen as friendly and knowledgeable guides provide fascinating details about the geological history.

Haunted Historic Downtown Flagstaff Tour
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Haunted Historic Downtown Flagstaff Tour

$30

Explore the spookiest corners of Flagstaff on our ghost tour! Along with historical sites, your guide shows you scenes of altercations and experiences which have resulted in numerous reports of suspicious activity.

Full Day Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon Tour with Lunch
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Full Day Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon Tour with Lunch

$219

Experience the majesty of one of the American Southwest's great natural wonders with a trip to Antelope Canyon. Along the way, you also get to explore a meandering, horseshoe-shaped section of the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend, completing your immersion into Arizona's scenic heartland.

Sedona Outdoor Yoga & Hiking
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Sedona Outdoor Yoga & Hiking

$108

Meet Your Guide at a designated West Sedona location, which will be shared in your confirmation email. After introductions, clients sign basic waiver forms, then all head out together to the outdoor Yoga and/or Hiking location - usually about 5-15 minute drive.

Reviews of Flagstaff

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 40.24189114898296%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.191313908741067%
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39
2 - Disappointing 1.0720175920835624%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5497526113249038%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Flagstaff is a cute, enjoyable town for either a day visit or for exploring!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

Fun friendly atmosphere with lots of options to do, visit and play

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

Busy area, wich we had more time to explore. Did not actually do activities in Flagstaff.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

We came up specifically for FLG X adventure zipline course

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Great area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

No

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