A family exploration of Flagstaff

Description:

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


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.


1

Thorpe Park

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
245 N Thorpe Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 779 7690


2

Lava River Cave

Location:

view in google maps
Forest Road 171B & Forest Road 245
30 miles northwest of Flagstaff
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 526 0866


2

Salsa Brava

Location:

view in google maps
1800 S Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 774 1083


2

Downtown Diner

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
7 E. Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

(928) 774-3492


2

Black Bart's Steakhouse Saloon

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
2760 East Butler Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

928 779 3142 / 800 574 4718 (U.S. Toll Free)


2

Lake View/Pine Grove Campground

Location:

view in google maps
Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

520-774-1147


2

Jay Lively Activity Center

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
1850 N Turquoise Dr
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 774 1051


2

Walnut Canyon National Monument

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Phone:

928 527-1246


2

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

user rating

expert pick

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 928 779 4395


2

Fatmans Loop Trail

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
5075 N. Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

520-526-0866


2

Little America Hotel

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
2515 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

+1 928 779 2741 / +1 800 865 1401


3

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
11 South Beaver St
Suite 1
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

928 779 0079


4

Embassy Suites Flagstaff

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
706 South Milton Road
86001 Flagstaff, US

Phone:

+1 928 774 4333


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.


1

La Bellavia Restaurant

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
18 S Beaver St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 774 8301


2

Arboretum at Flagstaff

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Phone:

(928) 774-1442


3

Historic Downtown Flagstaff

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
One East Route 66
(Flagstaff Visitor Center)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5530

Phone:

+1 928 774 9541 / +1 800 842 7293 (Tourist Information)


5

Lowell Observatory

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
1400 W. Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

(928) 774-3358


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.


1

Hotel Weatherford

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
23 N Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

+1 928 779 1919


2

Charly's Pub & Grill

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
23 North Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

928 779 1919


3

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

user rating

expert pick

Location:

view in google maps
Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Phone:

520-556-7134


5

Crystal Creek Sandwich Co.

user rating

Location:

view in google maps
1051 S Milton Rd Ste B
Flagstaff, AZ 86001


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.


2

Museum of Northern Arizona

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 928 774 5213


3

Fratelli's Pizza

Location:

view in google maps
119 West Phoenix
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone:

(928) 774-9200


Contact   ·   Privacy   ·   Terms