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Weekend in Flagstaff: The Ultimate Weekend in the Mountains

Destination(s): Flagstaff

This trip is designed for the drive-by traveler looking to experience rich culture and vast wilderness of Flagstaff. Upon arriving in Flagstaff on a Friday night, travelers will want a good meal and a chance to poke around the historic downtown area. The first Friday of every month is the town’s “art walk.” Timing a visit around these dates will offer visitors a chance to see original art and the best live music Flagstaff has to offer. The first full day will be spent outdoors as much as possible. An 8-mile loop along the base of the San Francisco Peaks offers visitors a chance to get to know the physical landscape of Flagstaff and even go swimming. The next day visitors will explore surrounding landscapes through a historical tour of Anazazi ruins, cliff dwellings, and extinct volcanoes. All the while, visitors will eat great food, drink local beer, and sleep in a haunted hotel! read more about Weekend in Flagstaff: The Ultimate Weekend in the Mountains

Mountain Oasis International Restaurant

Mountain Oasis International Restaurant

  • 11 East Aspen Ave
  • tel:+1 928 214 9270
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86001

This vegetarian- and vegan-friendly downtown Flagstaff eatery features an eclectic menu of Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes, including wraps, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. This is the perfect place for healthy eaters to nosh on light yet tasty fare, such as the popular and irresistible pineapple tofu salad. But meat-lovers should not despair, as there are plenty of filling, hearty dishes on the menu, including the reliably good spaghetti and meatballs, the savory teriyaki salmon special, and Cantonese pasta with chicken. The wide selection of flavors and menu dishes makes this a perfect stop for groups looking for a downtown restaurant with something to please all palates.
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Schultz Pass Road Scenic Drive

Schultz Pass Road Scenic Drive

  • Schultz Pass Road
  • (Right off Route 180 North, approx. 5 mi. north of Flagstaff)
  • tel:+1 928 774 9541 (Flagstaff Visitor Center)
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Flagstaff Areas
  • 2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
  • tel:928 527-1246
  • Visit website
  • Flagstaff, 86002

Located about eight miles southeast of Flagstaff off I-40, Walnut Canyon National Monument offers a fascinating peek into the lives of the people anthropologists have named the Sinagua ("without water"). A strenuous, one-mile walk on the Island Trail gives you a front-row glimpse to the 700-year old cliff dwellings where the Sinagua lived and left their mark. Peer into the past as you take in the 25 cliff dwellings along the trail. You can see more dwellings across the canyon. Even if you are not transfixed by the mystery of the people who built this cliffside pueblo, the lush canyon is the perfect high desert backdrop for your Northern Arizona adventure. The canyon is a valuable habitat for many species of plants and animals, and a gorgeous backdrop for photographers of all stripes.


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Hotel Monte Vista

Hotel Monte Vista

  • 100 N San Francisco St
  • tel:+1 928 779 6971 / +1 800 545 3068(Toll Free)
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

One block north of historic Route 66, towering over the corner of Aspen & San Francisco, the Hotel Monte Vista has been a downtown Flagstaff touchstone for decades. Built in 1927 by a citizen's initiative to bring tourist-class amenities to town, the hotel has hosted Hollywood luminaries, rock legends, and according to some guests, an assorted cast of ghosts that haunt the halls and keep things interesting. The Hotel Monte Vista has 50 rooms and suites on four floors, many offering great views of Flagstaff. Although by no means swanky, the hotel has a comfortable vintage vibe and offers a great location for walking around downtown Flagstaff.
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La Bellavia Restaurant

La Bellavia Restaurant

  • 18 S Beaver St
  • tel:+1 928 774 8301
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

This is one of Flagstaff's favorite breakfast and lunch spots, and if you're willing to brave long lines (especially prevalent on the weekends), you won't be disappointed by the extensive menu of all your breakfast favorites, which includes nine delicious variations on Eggs Benedict and their popular Trout Breakfast. Owners Ed and Brandy Wojciak, who also own Brandy's on the east side, also serve up a scrumptious lunch menu of specialty sandwiches, quiches, burgers, and salads. The daily lunch specials offer a classic sandwich with a cup of soup for a good price. With lacy white curtains and a relaxed yet always-busy atmosphere, La Bellavia is a sound choice for good eats in downtown Flagstaff.
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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

Sunset Trail

Sunset Trail

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

Brookbank Trail

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

This quiet trail offers solitude to hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers looking for a strenuous hike that has spectacular rewards. The rocky trail opens toward the top in a beautiful meadow that, particularly in the summer, is full of wildflowers. Purple, pink, yellow, blue, and orange dot this landscape beneath spectacular views of "The Peaks." Early morning hikers should tread softly and look out for elk, mule deer, and if lucky, black bear. Drive north from Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Drive east for 1 mile and, where FR 420 takes a hard left turn continue straight on FR 557 about 3 miles to the Brookbank trailhead. read more about Brookbank Trail

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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