Flagstaff is a vibrant, fascinating city that's always on the move. Recent developments have made it a tourism haven filled with many things to do.
Historic Downtown/Railroad District Downtown Flagstaff is presently undergoing a renaissance. Turn-of-the-century buildings are being renovated, new cafes and jewelry stores extend onto recently bricked sidewalks and narrow alleys are turned into arcades. For any visitor new to town, the first stop should be the Flagstaff Visitor Center, located inside the 1926 train depot at the Historic Railroad District. Flagstaff Historic Downtown is filled with unique, historic buildings, such as the Hotel Monte Vista. It's worth a stop to admire the nostalgic...
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The San Francisco Peaks, just north of the city, are the site of the Arizona Snowbowl ski area, one of the state's main winter playgrounds. In summer, miles of trails through these same mountains attract hikers and mountain bikers, and it's even possible to ride the chairlift for a panoramic vista that stretches 70 miles north to the Grand Canyon. Of the area's national monuments, two preserve ancient Indian ruins and the third is an otherworldly landscape of volcanic cinder cones.
It was as a railroad town that Flagstaff made its fortunes, and the historic downtown offers a glimpse of the days when the city's fortunes rode the rails....