A family exploration of Flagstaff



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This trip guide is designed for the adventurous family, who is also interested in an education along the way. This guide features fun places to eat, intriguing places to learn, and adventurous places to explore. The cultural and historical points of interest include museums and well preserved ruins, while the geological points of interest can be found near extinct volcanoes, caves, and trails.

Author: kgboggs


Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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409 W. Riordan Rd
(Off South Milton Road at Bookmans Plaza)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: +1 928 779 4395
fax: +1 928 556 0253
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Jay Lively Activity Center

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Location:

1850 N Turquoise Dr
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 774 1051
fax: +1 928 779 7693
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Lava River Cave

Location:

Forest Road 171B & Forest Road 245
30 miles northwest of Flagstaff
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 526 0866
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Little America Hotel

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Location:

2515 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Contact:

tel: +1 928 779 2741 / +1 800 865 1401
fax: +1 928 779 7983
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Salsa Brava

Location:

1800 S Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 774 1083
fax: +1 520 773 0965
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Downtown Diner

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Location:

7 E. Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: (928) 774-3492
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Lake View/Pine Grove Campground

Location:

Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: 520-774-1147
fax: 520-774-1147
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Fatmans Loop Trail

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Location:

5075 N. Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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tel: 520-526-0866
fax: 502-527-8288


Black Bart's Steakhouse Saloon

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Location:

2760 East Butler Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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tel: 928 779 3142 / 800 574 4718 (U.S. Toll Free)
fax: 928 774 1113
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Day 1 - Flagstaff


Upon arriving in Flagstaff, Thorpe Park is a great place to unwind. Nestled in the foothills of Mars Hill (location of Lowell Observatory), Thorpe Park is a few blocks west of downtown Flagstaff and contains a playground for the kids, tennis & basketball courts, as well as many acres of trails beyond the maintained portion of the park.

On this list (here and in the unscheduled portion) there are several hotels from which individual families should investigate and decide which is right for them. If you don't mind the sound the train and want to be centrally located right downtown, the historic Weatherford is a great choice. For a more modern hotel feel, Embassy Suites is very nice and affordable. Or, feel free to try them all. A different spot each night could be an adventure in itself. Of course, there are numerous camping options in and around Flagstaff for the outdoorsy family.


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Thorpe Park

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245 N Thorpe Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: +1 928 779 7690


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Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Contact:

tel: 928 527-1246
fax: +1 928 526-4259
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Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

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11 South Beaver St
Suite 1
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: 928 779 0079
fax: 928 779 0029
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Embassy Suites Flagstaff

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706 South Milton Road
86001 Flagstaff, US

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tel: +1 928 774 4333
fax: +1 928 774 0216
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Day 2 - Flagstaff


La Bellavia is a great family-friendly establishment, which is open daily until 2pm. After your bellies are full, take a stroll through Flagstaff's famous Arboretum, then cruise through downtown. On the second floor of the Weatherford Hotel and at the public library, there are many photographs of what downtown Flagstaff looked like as it was first constructed. It is very interesting and educational to gaze at these photos and compare them to the present day.

A scenic drive up Snowbowl road is worth the trip no matter the season (though if it is winter, you might want to evaluate the capability of your vehicle). Upon reaching the ski resort, sky rides are available during the off season. Take the ski lift to the top of Weatherford Peak and marvel at the views. Or simply take the time to walk a view trails.


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La Bellavia Restaurant

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Location:

18 S Beaver St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: +1 928 774 8301
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Arboretum at Flagstaff

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Location:

4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Contact:

tel: (928) 774-1442
fax: (928) 774-1441
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Historic Downtown Flagstaff

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Location:

One East Route 66
(Flagstaff Visitor Center)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5530

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tel: +1 928 774 9541 / +1 800 842 7293 (Tourist Information)
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Lowell Observatory

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Location:

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: (928) 774-3358
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Day 3 - Flagstaff


If you did choose to stay at the Weatherford Hotel, Charley's Grille is a great place to eat, located on the first floor. Grab a table outside on a nice day; you'll be glad you did.

Sunset Crater and Wupatki are located on a looped road about 40 miles east of town, off of Hwy 89. If you can time it right, plan to reach the top of the Citadel ruins at sunset. The entire peaks mountain range is brilliantly illuminated from here.


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Hotel Weatherford

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Location:

23 N Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 779 1919
fax: +1 928 773 8951
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Charly's Pub & Grill

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Location:

23 North Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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tel: 928 779 1919
fax: 928 773 8951
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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Location:

Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

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tel: 520-556-7134
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Crystal Creek Sandwich Co.

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Location:

1051 S Milton Rd Ste B
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Day 4 - Flagstaff


Today, you'll spend half the day in Flagstaff, at Northern Arizona's premier museum, where you will gain a cultural, historical, and geological understanding of the place you will continue to explore.

After a few slices of Fratelli's Pizza, you'll head south east of Flagstaff and camp above Arizona's second largest canyon, Sycamore Canyon. You can stock up on supplies and camp friendly food downtown. New Frontiers is a great place for healthy camp-friendly snacks. Peace Surplus is the place to go to stock up on anything you might need from sleeping bags, warm clothes, to first aid kits.


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Museum of Northern Arizona

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Location:

3101 N Fort Valley Rd
3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff on U.S. 180
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 774 5213
fax: +1 928 779 1527
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Fratelli's Pizza

Location:

119 West Phoenix
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: (928) 774-9200
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