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Family Time

Destination(s): Flagstaff

This trip is planned for families with young kids. Play-time is a must for the little ones, so it's built into the itinerary. There are many ways to enjoy Flagstaff and the surrounding area, and this trip includes a wide array of activities ranging from train rides to teppan tables. Sedona is just 40 minutes south, and I recommend making some time to take the kids to Sedona's Slide Rock during hot weather--it gets crowded, but it's worth the fun! read more about Family Time

Historic Downtown Flagstaff

Historic Downtown Flagstaff

  • One East Route 66
  • (Flagstaff Visitor Center)
  • tel:+1 928 774 9541 / +1 800 842 7293 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001-5530

Flagstaff has a long history as a railroad town and major resting point for travelers out west. You'll definitely want to spend some time poking around the historic downtown, where stately, turn of-the-century buildings still stand guard over this busy high desert city. Highlights include the Tudor-inspired Santa Fe Railroad station (which houses the Visitor Center, where you'll want to stop and pick up a map), the1888 Babbitt Brothers Trading Company building, the Hotel Monte Vista, and Hotel Weatherford. Remnants of Depression-era roadside Americana can still be found on Route 66, which bisects downtown, including hotels, auto shops, and the Museum Club, a historic road house that continues to welcome road-weary travelers.


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Brandy's Restaurant

Brandy's Restaurant

  • 1500 E Cedar Ave
  • (In the Cedar Hills Shopping Center)
  • tel:+1 928 779 2187
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  • Flagstaff, 86004
Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park

  • 245 N Thorpe Rd
  • tel:+1 928 779 7690
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Jay Lively Activity Center

Jay Lively Activity Center

  • 1850 N Turquoise Dr
  • tel:+1 928 774 1051
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Coconino Center for the Arts and Art Barn

Coconino Center for the Arts and Art Barn

  • 2300 North Fort Valley Rd
  • tel:928 779 2300
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Charly's Pub & Grill

Charly's Pub & Grill

  • 23 North Leroux St
  • tel:928 779 1919
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Salsa Brava

Salsa Brava

  • 1800 S Milton Road
  • tel:+1 928 774 1083
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

  • 11 South Beaver St
  • Suite 1
  • tel:928 779 0079
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001

Located one block south of the train station in downtown Flagstaff, Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe is a local favorite brewery and restaurant with a bright, family-friendly pub atmosphere. The menu is heavy on reliably tasty dishes, including hefty sandwiches with generous servings of fries on the side, fresh salads, yummy fondues, and their popular wood-fired pizzas. Try the Enchanted Forest pie, loaded with Brie, roasted red peppers, spinach, Portobello mushrooms, and artichoke pesto on a chewy, warm crust. Watch the flames fly from your table as chefs prepare meals in the open kitchen, or take a gander as the brewer creates handcrafted ales. Time your visit for late spring and summer, and sit outdoors in the comfortable beer garden. If you're looking for a casual, fun dining spot around downtown, Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe is always a solid choice.
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Lake View/Pine Grove Campground

Lake View/Pine Grove Campground

  • Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road)
  • tel:520-774-1147
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Cafe Espress

Cafe Espress

  • 16 North San Francisco St
  • tel:+1 928 774 0541
  • Flagstaff, 86001
San Felipes Cantina

San Felipes Cantina

  • 103 North Leroux St
  • tel:928 779 6000
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

  • Flagstaff Areas
  • 2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
  • tel:520-556-7134
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86002

Between 1040 and 1100, this volcano exploded, powerfully affecting the lives of local peoples and forever altering the landscape of the surrounding area. Today you can drive right up to the site, where shinny black molten rock covers this area, as if it erupted just yesterday. Take the Lava Flow trail to see the life slowly returning to this rugged landscape. The fee is $5. Take U.S 89 north for 12 miles, turn right on the Sunset Crater/Wupatki Loop road and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center. This loop road makes it convenient to see the nearby Wupatki Ruins on the same day. read more about Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

  • 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd
  • tel:(928) 774-3358
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001

Lowell Observatory, located atop Mars Hill Road just outside of downtown Flagstaff, is one of the leading astronomical research facilities in the United States, and one of the city's true must-see attractions. The observatory offers a compelling glimpse to universe--even bored teenagers will be amazed by what they see on the other side of the telescope. Day visitors are treated to guided tours, multimedia exhibits, and a viewing of the Sun with a specially equipped telescope. But the real action starts at dusk, when (weather permitting) the staff opens up the telescopes for viewings of Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters, and other incredible celestial sights. Rain or shine, visitors are also invited to experience the Observatory's interactive presentations at their portable planetarium, and tours of the Universe inside the 3-D movie theatre. If you happen to be looking for a great place to take a date, the Observatory, which is surrounded by walking trails and great  views of the dark skies over Flagstaff, is surprisingly romantic.


Multimedia Shows

Computer-generated imagery meets the exciting music of Mannheim Steamroller in our 30-minute widescreen show Heavy Astronomy: Marvels of the Cosmos.



Join us in the evenings for telescope viewing, widescreen multimedia shows, and tours of the Universe with our 3D space theatre – all while enjoying the clear mountain air and dark skies over Flagstaff.

 
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Oregano's Pizza Bistro

Oregano's Pizza Bistro

  • 605 W Riordan Rd
  • tel:928) 773-8600
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Strombolli's Restaurant and Pizzeria

Strombolli's Restaurant and Pizzeria

  • 1435 South Milton Rd
  • tel:+1 928 773 1960
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
New Frontiers Natural Foods

New Frontiers Natural Foods

  • 320 Cambridge Avenue
  • tel:+1 928 774 5747
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Fort Tuthill Coconino County Park

Fort Tuthill Coconino County Park

  • I-17, Exit 337
  • (3 miles south of Flagstaff)
  • tel:+1 928 774 5139
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Jackson's Grill at The Springs

Jackson's Grill at The Springs

  • 7055 South Hwy 89A
  • tel:+1 928 213 9350
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Embassy Suites Flagstaff

Embassy Suites Flagstaff

  • 706 S Milton Rd
  • tel:+1 928 774 4333
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Black Bart's Steakhouse Saloon

Black Bart's Steakhouse Saloon

  • 2760 East Butler Ave
  • tel:928 779 3142 / 800 574 4718 (U.S. Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86004

Western kitsch abounds at this bright, boisterous cowboy palace near downtown Flagstaff. This meat-lover's paradise specializes in cowboy steaks, prime ribs, and barbequed chicken, so if you're set on getting a full service of vegetables for dinner, best steer elsewhere (the deep-fried zucchini and mushrooms probably don't count towards your daily nutritional content). Live entertainment is provided by the Northern Arizona University musical theater students, who regularly put down their trays to hop on stage and belt out classic show tunes. Although definitely not the most sophisticated place to eat around downtown, curious (and hungry) diners will certainly get an eye- and earful at Black Bart's. The Wild West decor, solid steakhouse offerings, and singing waitstaff definitely make this one of the more unique places to have dinner. Perfect for families and anyone with a good sense of humor.
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Kachina Trail

Kachina Trail

  • 5075 N. Highway 89
  • tel:520-526-0866
  • Flagstaff, 86004

This easy trail offers visitors a wide array of what the true high country has to offer. Ponderosa pine gives way to Aspens, which later reveal Evergreens. All the while, breathtaking views of the highest peaks in Arizona and the valleys and canyons that lie below come into view. While there aren't steep inclines or large boulders to maneuver through this quiet trail, it is at high altitude, which shouldn't be taken lightly for those not acclimated. Bring at least two quarts of water for each person. Also bring a jacket – maybe a long sleeve shirt in the summer. The Kachina Trail can be accessed at the end of the lower Snowbowl parking lot. This is also where the Humphrey's Trail begins. A quarter mile down the trail, you will come to a T. Go left for the Kachina Trail, which eventually meets up with the Weatherford Trail. Go right for the Humphrey's Trail. Be sure to sign the register! read more about Kachina Trail

Sakura

Sakura

  • 1175 West Route 66
  • (In the Radisson Woodlands Hotel)
  • tel:+1 928 773 9118
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001