When is the last time you let yourself go? Just left your daily cares behind and headed for the hills?

A trip like this is easy to come by when you head for Flagstaff, Arizona’s premier mountain town. When you take off for a retreat in Flagstaff, all you have to do is get here – the rest of the vacation will take care of itself.

At a cool 7,000 feet in the ponderosa pines, Flagstaff is a hub of activity where you can 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. With an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless outdoor adventure, you are bound to discover that Flagstaff is exactly the getaway you need.

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 can find 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 prepaid entrance lane, which can reduce wait times during the summer.

Plenty of Summer Entertainment

Whether your visit is planned or spur-of-the-moment, you are sure to arrive in time to enjoy annual summer events, such as the Fourth of July Parade, Native American heritage festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona, outdoor concerts at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park, or one of several festivals honoring local craft brews.

Join locals and fellow travelers every summer weekend 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 silver screen goes up outside for the family-favorite Movies on the Square.

High Country Adventure in the Cool Outdoors

Mountain Biking_FlagstaffCVB- framed.jpgWith the awe-inspiring San Francisco Peaks as your backdrop, high country recreation activities await. Hike or bike miles of lush forest trails, climb to the summit of Arizona’s tallest peak or play a round of disc golf. If you don’t want to hassle with bringing your own gear, the Flagstaff Nordic Center will take care of you with on-site mountain bike rentals, lessons and guided bike tours.

To experience thrills high in the pines, visit a favorite outdoor attraction, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. As Arizona’s only suspended obstacle course, it boasts more than 70 aerial challenges for children and adults.

Looking to horse around without having to do all the hard work? A trail ride on horseback through the Coconino National Forest with Flagstaff’s Hitchin’ Post Stables or Morrison Brothers Windmill Ranch is the perfect low-impact activity.

Experience Historic Downtown

Pleasant warm summer days give way to cool evenings perfect for those who like to enjoy 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, brew pubs 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.

In Flagstaff it’s so easy to do a little or do it all. Be warned, going home will be the hardest part of your mountaintop summer getaway.

Visit the website for a year-round calendar of events and the 2013 visitor guide.

(Brought to you by the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 842-7293, www.flagstaffarizona.org.)