This Arizona city is no sleepy town. From the Lowell Observatory to the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, there's something to do everywhere you look.
The Lowell Observatory is the perfect place to see the stars. With six advanced telescopes on the Giovale Open Deck Observatory, multimedia shows, and exhibits, you'll gain a whole new appreciation for the sky above. As one of the oldest observatories in the country, a short drive from downtown and with ample parking, it's a must-see. After you've looked up at the stars, take a look into the past at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Native American culture is a big part of Flagstaff and the museum is a wealth of knowledge for the history and culture of Native Americans. This educational stop also hosts various Native American Art and Culture festivals throughout the year, showcasing award-winning art, dancing, and lectures about the Indigenous people of Northern Arizona.
Shifting gears from culture and education to hiking and outdoor exploring, Grand Canyon National Park and Buffalo Park are great stops to add to your itinerary. The Grand Canyon is about 90 minutes from downtown Flagstaff, and luckily, there are shuttles you can take to get there. Once you arrive, make a day trip out of it by embarking on a hike or rafting inside the canyon. For those who prefer a more laid-back excursion, walking the southern rim provides unforgettable views. Buffalo Park is a 215-acre park perfect for a picnic in the grass, wildlife viewing, and a 2-mile walking loop. The surrounding areas are home to many national monuments that are definitely worth the drive. Try out Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, located in Fort Tuthill County Park. This outdoor adventure course has you doing a mixture of obstacles and zip lining for all skill levels.
Your group will find nightly live entertainment at well-known venues such as the Orpheum Theatre, originally an old movie theatre, and Pepsi Amphitheater in Forthill County Park. Flagstaff is the designated Craft Beer City of Arizona and the city certainly lives up to it with multiple microbreweries that make up the Flagstaff Brewery Trail. Pick up a passport and a map that will guide you to all nine breweries and mark them off as you go. Take your time taking in the natural beauty of the city, enjoying a new twist on an old favorite or perhaps something you've never tried before.