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First Time In Flagstaff

Destination(s): Flagstaff

Flagstaff has so much to offer any time of year that your first visit might not even cover the tip of the iceberg, or in this case, the San Francisco Peaks. Located just two hours north of Phoenix, Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation and, unlike the Valley of the Sun, has four seasons. Summers and winters are relatively mild. Yes, there is snow, but the sun shines practically every day and most days require only a layered ensemble.
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Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

  • 1201 West Route 66
  • (32 miles west of Flagstaff)
  • tel:+1 928 773 1976 / +1 800 843 8724 (Toll Free)
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Josephine's Modern American Bistro

Josephine's Modern American Bistro

  • 503 N. Humphreys
  • tel:928 779 3400
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

Josephine's Modern American Bistro near downtown Flagstaff features an eclectic menu of Modern American fare with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Award-winning chef Tony Cosentino is known to vary the menu, but dishes here are reliably inventive and delicious no matter what time of year you visit. Try the Diablo Mac & Cheese, a gourmet take on a comfort food favorite. Salad-lover's will appreciate the wide selection of organic greens, including the popular Champagne Vinaigrette Salad. Lunch and dinner is served in a casual yet upscale setting inside a lovely Craftsman bungalow that is on the National Historic Register, and on warm evenings, the landscaped patio is ideal. An extensive wine and dessert menu round out the offerings at this foodie haven.



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Collins

Collins

  • 2 N. Leroux Street
  • tel:928 214-7363
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Planes of Fame Museum

Planes of Fame Museum

  • Valle-Williams Airport
  • tel:+1 928 635 1000
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  • Valle, 86406
The Zane Grey Ballroom

The Zane Grey Ballroom

Miz Zips Cafe

Miz Zips Cafe

  • 2924 East Santa Fe Avenue
  • tel:+1 928 526 0104
  • Flagstaff, 86001
Macy's European Coffee House & Bakery

Macy's European Coffee House & Bakery

  • 14 South Beaver St
  • tel:928 774-2243
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Rim Trail- South Rim

Rim Trail- South Rim

The Rim Trail on the South Rim is one of the most popular things to do for visitors just arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. It's easy to see why: this path is easy on the soles and represents a great introduction to the panoramic wonders of the park. The path follows the South Rim westward from Yavapai to Hermits Rest, and is paved and fairly level for the first few miles, making this one of the park's best wheelchair accessible trails. The canyon will unfold as you move west, and once you manage to pry your eyes away from the canyon below, you'll notice you are surrounded by ponderosa and pinyon pines, shrub oaks, and chipmunks and squirrels playing in the woodland. To get here, leave your car at the visitor center and take the free shuttle to Yavapai Point. You can return to the visitor center from several points along the trail, making it easy to customize your schedule from here.
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Diablo Burger

Diablo Burger

  • 120 North Leroux Street
  • tel:(928) 774-3274
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

Talk about great food AND great ambiance. Diablo Burger is located centrally downtown in an old silo in historic Heritage Square. It may be small (seating 26 intimately)the food packs a punch. Interesting arrangements of bar stools and long bar tables invite strangers to mingle and munch. The meat comes from the diablo trust ranches, which have operated since the late 1800's. All produce is purchased locally whenever possible. The fries are seasoned with savory herbs, the burgers are unique and delicious and every bun is smartly "branded" with the restaurant's initials. Beer and wine are available, as well as natural sodas. Be patient and wait for a killer warm cookie with ice cream for dessert. This place is earth friendly and just plain old friendly. Giddy-up! read more about Diablo Burger

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
Sunset Crater Volcano

Sunset Crater Volcano

  • Forest Service Road FR 545
  • tel:+1 520 526 0502
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  • Flagstaff, 86004
Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

  • Highway 89
  • (From Sedona, drive north on US Highway 89A)
  • tel:928 282 3034
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  • Sedona, 86339

A trip to Sedona would not be complete without a day spent bumming around Oak Creek Canyon. Traveling from Flagstaff to Sedona, Ponderosa pines give way to Sedona's signature red rocks in this breathtaking canyon. A quick stop at the Oak Creek Canyon Vista Lookout is worth a few wide-angle lens photos before driving down the winding switchbacks. Once the road levels out, most visitors tour the canyon by foot; hiking along Oak Creek, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and gazing at the towering cliffs in all directions. read more about Oak Creek Canyon

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

The first of only three local micro-breweries, Beaver Street is located just south of the historic train station in charming downtown Flagstaff.  The brewery offers a diverse selection of award-winning ale and lager at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, while the Whistle Stop Cafe entices the whole family with its unique food menu.  Enjoy the toasty atmosphere on a chilly winter evening near the wood stove in the entryway.  If you're lucky enough to sit near the open kitchen, enjoy the production behind the scenes while your meal is being prepared.  Rack 'em up after dinner or while sampling the brew in the new billiards room.  Everything is under one roof here.  You can't go wrong with this choice, but they don't take reservations, so avoid rush hour if you prefer not to wait.
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Beaver Street Brews & Cues

Beaver Street Brews & Cues

  • 11 S. Beaver St.
  • tel:928 779 0079
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  • Flagstaff, 86001
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

  • 409 W. Riordan Rd
  • (Off South Milton Road at Bookmans Plaza)
  • tel:+1 928 779 4395
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

Get a glimpse of Flagstaff's logging town past with a visit to Riordan State Historic Park, located near the Northern Arizona University campus. Lumber baron brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan built the mansion in 1904, which was designed by Charles Whittlesley, also famous for building the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. The 13,300 square foot mansion contains 40 rooms of log-and-stone,  many of which are furnished with Gustav Stickley furniture, known as the father of the American Arts and Crafts design movement. One of the most whimsical objects you'll see in the house are the "Paul Bunyan" shoes--a two-foot long pair of boots that Timothy Riordan built in his workshop. Everything in the mansion is original, making this a goldmine for history buffs everywhere.
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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)
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  • 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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Museum Club

Museum Club

  • 3404 East Route 66
  • tel:928 526 9434
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  • Flagstaff, 86004
Homolovi Ruins State Park

Homolovi Ruins State Park

  • State Route 87 North
  • (5 miles northeast of Winslow)
  • tel:+1 928 289 4106
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  • Winslow, 86047
Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

  • 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd
  • tel:(928) 774-3358
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  • 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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Hopi Mesas

Hopi Mesas

  • On Route 264, from Tuba City/Moencopi to Keams Canyon.
  • tel:1 928 734 2401
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  • First, Second, and Third Mesa, 86043
Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

  • 3101 N Fort Valley Rd
  • 3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff on U.S. 180
  • tel:+1 928 774 5213
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  • Flagstaff, 86001

A must-stop for anyone remotely interested in Native American culture or the geological history of the Colorado Plateau. The museum is home to over 600,000 artifacts of anthropological, geological, historical, and artistic interest, as well as extensive federal and tribal research collections. Not to be missed is the museum's permanent anthropology exhibit, "Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau," which documents 12,000 years of occupation in the area. The Hopi Kiva Room and Jewelry Gallery showcase the singular beauty of native handcrafted jewelry, while the Ethnology Gallery provides an intriguing glimpse into the daily lives of local tribe members. Located three miles north of Flagstaff on US Highway 180, the museum is an easy stopping point on your way to, or from, the Grand Canyon.



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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

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