In Flagstaff, Arizona’s premier mountain town, things are really heating up this summer. (Everything except the temperature, that is.)
At a cool 7,000 feet in the Ponderosa pines, Flagstaff is a hub of activity where you choose the adventure that best fits your lifestyle. Or use the town as your base to explore the iconic landscapes and historic points of Northern Arizona.
High-Country Adventure in the Cool Outdoors
With the awe-inspiring San Francisco Peaks as your backdrop, high-country recreation awaits.
Hike or bike miles of lush forest trails, climb to the summit of Arizona’s tallest peak or play a round of disc golf.
New for the summer of 2012, the Flagstaff Nordic Center offers on-site mountain bike rentals, lessons and guided bike tours.
To experience thrills high in the pines, visit the area’s newest outdoor attraction: Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, Arizona’s only suspended obstacle course, with more than 70 aerial challenges for children and adults.
Experience Historic Downtown
Pleasant warm summer days give way to cool evenings – perfect weather for those who like to visit locally owned shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants in the town’s historic heart.
Downtown Flagstaff offers an eclectic mix of ethnic eateries, fast casual fare, brewpubs and fine dining to suit all palates.
Thirsty? Stroll the Flagstaff Ale Trail, a one-mile route connecting you to a craft-brewery tasting adventure, or hop on the Alpine Pedaler to experience local watering holes via the original human-powered pub crawl on wheels.
Itinerary Planning Made Easy
Upon arrival in Flagstaff, your first stop should be the Flagstaff Visitor Center, open Monday–Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., where you will get insider travel tips, itinerary ideas and details on local attractions.
Visitors continuing on to Grand Canyon National Park (just 80 miles from Flagstaff) can purchase a park entrance pass from a National Park Service kiosk in the Visitor Center. Valid for seven days, this pass allows motorists entering the South Rim to use the pre-paid entrance, which may reduce wait times during the summer months.
Plenty of Summer Entertainment
Plan your visit around annual summer events such as the Fourth of July Parade, Native American Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona and The Arizona Celtic Festival; or simply show up anytime, as there is bound to be a special event going on.
Join locals and fellow travelers on summer weekends in historic downtown’s Heritage Square for free family friendly entertainment under the clear mountain sky.
On Thursday nights musicians fill the square with the Flagstaff sound; on Fridays the performing arts take center stage; and on Saturday evenings the outdoor silver screen goes up for the family-favorite Movies on the Square.
Plan to be in town on the first Friday of the month for the wildly popular First Friday ArtWalk, where you can purchase one-of-a-kind works of art from local artists.
The adventure is yours to choose once you make Flagstaff your summer getaway. Visit the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a year-round calendar of events and the 2012 Flagstaff Visitor Guide.
(Brought to you by the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 842-7293, www.flagstaffarizona.org.)