Arizona Vacation Ideas
Fun Things to Do in Flagstaff...
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The summer temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona average around 106 degrees F and sometimes climb as high as
120. However, if you travel a little over two hours to the northeast you will find yourself in the city of Flagstaff in a
totally different setting. Flagstaff rests at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and is surrounded by much higher
mountains and tall Ponderosa Pines. Instead of 100 degree plus days the summer high temperatures are about
80 degrees F. So, if you would like to escape the summer heat and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, then you may
want to consider Flagstaff for your next family vacation or weekend getaway.
This historic town was established in 1882 and much of its early economy was based on lumber, the railroad and
ranching. The downtown area has retained much of its historic flair and is home to a large collection of quaint
restaurants, shops and art galleries. Flagstaff accommodations include a wide array of lodging. Choose from
many fine hotels or motels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, guest ranches, lodges, RV parks and campgrounds.
There are many spots to choose from and something to fit most everyone's budget.
There are many fun things to do in Flagstaff and there are some wonderful vacation attractions within just a few
miles. While you are visiting Flagstaff, be sure and visit some of these interesting places:
This observatory serves as an astronomical research facility and features a number of interesting visitor
programs. It was founded in 1894 and has been responsible for many significant astronomical discoveries. During
the day learn about the Observatory's history and join a guided tour to learn about some of the current research.
In the evening, visitors can view through a variety of telescopes and experience interactive live presentations in
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff, walk among the cliff dwellings and pueblos where people lived over
700 years ago. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the canyon and enjoy the many cliff dwellings located here.
Although a bit strenuous, the one-mile Island Trail is a favorite of many and descends into Walnut Canyon.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
This crater was formed from a series of eruptions around 900 years ago.
While visiting, be sure and spend ample time at the visitor center and at
least take the one-mile, self-guided Lava Flow Trail. This is an easy to
moderate hike, which winds through lava flows and cinder fields at the
base of Sunset Crater, and takes about 30 minutes to explore. If you
have time, the Lenox Crater Trail is a steep, strenuous trail that allows
you to climb to the top of a cinder cone. This is an interesting hike and
takes about 45 minutes round-trip.
The Snowbowl provides a year-round playground. During the winter, this area enjoys an average of 260 inches of
snowfall, has 32 trails and operates four chairlifts. Typically, skiers can ski from mid-December to mid-April each
year. In the Summer, visitors can take the Scenic Skyride to 11,500 feet and from this vantage point you can enjoy
70 miles of incredible scenery, including the Grand Canyon. For those who like to hike, there are many different
trails to choose from. The Peak Side Cafe offers a rustic but cozy atmosphere. Enjoy incredible views while dining
Flagstaff can also serve as a great central location for exploring many nearby attractions. The Meteor
Crater is 35 miles east of Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon is only 81 miles away, Lake Powell is 136 miles to the
north, and Monument Valley is 171 miles to the east. Sedona is only 28 miles away and is noted for its beautiful
red rock and stunning formations. If you enjoy the old west and are interested in gold panning or mine tours, then
you may want to head toward Prescott. Its about 87 miles from Flagstaff and has been home to much past and
present mining activity.
As you can see, Flagstaff has much to offer. Beautiful scenery, mild temperatures, fine dining and lodging,
outdoor fun, and tons of interesting things to see and do. When planning your next family vacation be sure and
consider Flagstaff, Arizona as a destination. Have fun and stay safe!