Rich with geological sites unique to the Southwest landscape and culture, Northern Arizona is home to the city of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon — one of the world’s most widely recognized natural wonders. Flagstaff, the largest city near the Grand Canyon, boasts a mix of bygone times with the modern day allure of a vibrant culinary scene, award–winning breweries, outdoor adventure, and museums. The city’s location just 81 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park makes it the ultimate destination to experience in a city which encompasses all the elements necessary for well-rounded getaway.
The historic south rim boasts some of the most expansive views of the Grand Canyon and well-known locations including El Tovar and Mather Point. A drive through the park offers different viewpoints and hiking opportunities for all abilities. The Canyon’s Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Coulter offers breathtaking overlooks.
Outdoor enthusiasts and novices alike will find hundreds of trails to explore and untapped adventure in the mountains of northern Arizona, from exploring the San Francisco Peaks to Flagstaff Extreme’s treetop suspended obstacle courses in Fort Tuthill County Park.
Back at home base in Flagstaff, find the night young and the day far from over. Dining and nightlife activities abound in the city’s thriving alpine mountain culture with a growing roster of innovative eateries and award–winning breweries. Diablo Burger, a local favorite, uses only regionally raised beef to create one-of-a-kind burgers such as The Cheech and Big Daddy Kane. Whether dressed for the evening or straight off the trails, the Tinderbox Kitchen’s contemporary, unpretentious atmosphere welcomes you, offering an ever-changing menu of “American Comfort Food… Redefined”.
Among this historic Southside district restaurant’s can’t miss dining options is the Chef’s Board featuring all house made pates, sausages, rillets, smoked meats, pickles, chutney, crackers and a daily domestic cheese selection. The Tinderbox’s wines are sourced from around the world, bringing a full rendition of varietals ensuring the ultimate selection to match the evening’s menu.
Locals joke that Flagstaff is a drinking city with an outdoor problem which means it’s only natural that the microbrew culture is front and center. To experience one or all 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 the 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.
Named the first International Dark Sky City in the World, Flagstaff enjoys some of the best star-gazing in the country. Each evening telescopes are available for night sky viewing and close up encounters with the moon at the Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered. Located minutes from downtown, the observatory remains an active research facility.
History buffs will delight in Route 66 nostalgia, museums, and attractions dedicated to Flagstaff’s cultured past. The Museum of Northern Arizona, Riordan Mansion, and the Pioneer Museum offer a glimpse into the Native American culture and early pioneers that laid the ground work and had an integral hand making Flagstaff what it is today.
Create a personalized getaway and gain insider tips on how to experience all that Flagstaff has to offer by contacting the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau. FlagstaffArizona.org 888.591.2345