If you’re looking for things to do in Flagstaff before or after your tour, you will no doubt want to sample the local flavors and do some sightseeing. Our tours to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are tough acts to follow, but these local attractions guarantee your time is well spent.
Downtown Flagstaff is a happening spot and the only true “downtown” for miles around. Our little mountain city is full of flavors from all over the world. If you’re interested in the area’s history, there is no building more iconic than Hotel Monte Vista. Since it opened on New Year’s day in 1926, Monte Vista has hosted famous guests such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, Freddy Mercury and Anthony Hopkins, and has been featured in Casablanca and Forrest Gump. Enjoy a drink at the Cocktail Lounge, which used to be a speakeasy during prohibition. But be aware, it’s haunted. There a several famous ghost stories attached to the building which you can read about here.
If burgers and beer are more your speed then you’ll want to pay a visit to Brews and Cues or Collins Pub & Grill. Both offer traditional pub chow including wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and of course a wide selection of beer. In lieu of burgers, Brews and Cues also serves wood-fired pizza.
While pubs are great for a solo traveler or group of guests, they don’t always set the right mood. Date night in Flagstaff is best accomplished at wine bar and bistro FLG Temmoir, formerly known as The Wine Loft. A quiet, intimate atmosphere, combined with top shelf wine and an upscale menu ensures a memorable romantic evening.
For other appetites and varying widths of wallet, we recommend…
- Lumberyard. Whether you’re a party of 1 or 11, Lumberyard is good choice. In-house brews and a diverse menu.
- Swaddee. This small Thai restaurant will deliver amazing Pad Thai right to your hotel.
- Old Town Creperie. If you’re visiting between May and October don’t miss out on a gourmet Sunday morning crepe!
- Sosoba. This popular “non-stop noodle shop” is full of Asian flavor and imaginative dishes.
- Taco Bell. Just kidding. Get your Tex-Mex fix at MartAnne’s who does great burritos, breakfast and more.
Flagstaff’s status as an official “Dark Sky City” makes it a perfect place for stargazing. The Lowell Observatory was established in 1884 by prominent Bostonian Percival Lowell. Many significant astrological discoveries occurred at this Lowell Observatory including the first detection of the expanding nature of the universe, the discovery of Pluto, moon mapping for the Apollo program to the moon, the rings of Uranus, and many of others.
On clear days you can view the sun and other stars with a specially designed Solar Telescope. Or, take a guided day tour of the museum and observatory including the Clark Telescope Dome and Rotunda Library. The Lowell Observatory is open Monday-Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 5pm. Adults are $12, half off for kids 5-17, and children under 5 are FREE.
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel operates the famous railway between Williams, AZ (40 miles west of Flagstaff) and Grand Canyon Village. The train offers six classes of service ranging in price from $65 to $219 for adults. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Arizona countryside during the two hour train ride.
The Grand Canyon Railway also puts on a special Polar Express train ride based on the story by Chris Van Allsberg, complete with dancing elves, hot chocolate and silver bells gifted by Santa Clause himself. This extraordinary Christmas treat is available during December.
Meteor Crater was created roughly 50,000 years ago by an asteroid impacting the earth at 26,000 mph. The crater, which measures 2.4 miles in circumference and 550 feet deep, is one of the best preserved impact sites on Earth. There is no shortage of astrological meteorite goodness to experience. The guided rim tour is a 45 minute hike around the crater, which includes a knowledgeable park guide and various overlook points.
At the Interactive Discovery Center there are many exciting exhibits and displays documenting the impact as well as other meteor collisions all over the planet. The Visitor’s Center includes indoor viewing rooms and educational exhibits on the crater. There are also several self-guided observation trails with informational signs.
Driving to Meteor Crater is easy. From Flagstaff, AZ: Head east on I-40 about 35 miles. Take the Meteor Crater Road exit (exit 233) and turn right. Then drive about 5 miles and you will see the crater. From Winslow, AZ: Head west on I-40 about 18 miles. Take the Meteor Crater Road exit (exit 233) and turn left. Drive about 5 miles and you will see the crater.
- Memorial Day through Labor Day: Open Daily 7am-7pm
- Non-Summer Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 5 PM
- Adults: $18.00
- Seniors (age 60 and older) $16.00
- Juniors (age 6-17) $9.00
- Non-Active Duty U.S Military/Veterans (with I.D.) $9.00
- U.S. Military Youth (age 6-17) $5.00
- Active U.S. Military (with I.D.) FREE
Alternative things to do in Flagstaff…
There are so many things to do in Flagstaff and Coconino County that it can’t all be covered in one humble blog post. If nothing on this list tickles your fancy then Google around or, better yet, schedule another tour with us!