Built on lumber and the railroad in 1876, Flagstaff, Arizona still holds onto its founding history. About 100 trains pass through this historic town, nestled in the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest, daily. Stunning hikes with views of the San Francisco Mountain Range are always just around the corner.
Unlike other areas of Arizona, Flagstaff shares its climate more closely with southern Colorado regions than with the iconic hot weather of Arizona. Expect few days above 90 degrees, sunshine, and all four seasons where you can watch aspens paint the mountains yellow in the Fall, build snowmen and go sledding in the winter, and enjoy stunning mountain hikes all Spring and Summer long, when you’re not enjoying Flagstaff’s lively downtown scene.
Many of the buildings in downtown Flagstaff are the same ones once used as mercantile shops and pharmacies over 100 years ago. Today, they house the restaurants and shops that make Flagstaff unique. Locals love MartAnne’s Burrito Palace, the Red Curry Vegan Kitchen, or Macy’s Fresh Roasted Coffee. No matter your craving, Flagstaff has a restaurant to satisfy it.
The iconic buildings that now house local favorite eateries are also home to some of Flagstaff’s most iconic visitor attractions, like the Hotel Monte Vista where guests see ghosts and other supernatural attractions. Many guests report seeing the same spirits, like the Meat Man and the Rocking Chair Woman. The hotel’s staff is always thrilled to share their supernatural experiences.
Newer attractions include the Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered in 1930. You can attend a tour or observe the night sky all year round. And since the observatory is only an hour away from the Grand Canyon, it’s worth taking a trip to one of nature’s most amazing seven wonders of the world.
As home to Northern Arizona University, this college town is always vibrant with fresh ideas and new things to do. Whether you’re looking for a short stay, or to call Flagstaff home, there’s always stunning homes to call your own.
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