Load up the van and head to Flagstaff for your next family vacation. We know what it's like traveling with kids, especially by car, but unlike many road trips, locals will tell you not to worry about making a long drive to get to Flagstaff, or trying to sightsee along the way. Just power through the time spent driving and get to Flagstaff as soon as you can; this is where you'll relax, especially if you arrive at least an hour before the evening's sure-to-be-glorious sunset. There is a host of family-friendly hotels and accommodations awaiting your family's arrival in Flagstaff, each meeting most parents' and kids' top criteria: budget, location, elbow room and amenities.
Budgets are subjective, of course, but we're willing to bet that a family on vacation will always appreciate getting a good value no matter how much or little they spend. Consider whether the hotel or motel includes breakfast, or offers free wireless internet access; value-added amenities like that can save a family around $25 per day.
There are budget and family-friendly hotels throughout Flagstaff, but a good place to start are on Milton Road just south of Downtown Flagstaff. Another family-friendly option is renting a cabin or a vacation home rental. In general, you'll find that familiar pocket-friendly hotel and motel chains as well as lower-priced singular hotels are located in both south of town and hotels on the east side of the town. Our Flagstaff hotel guide offers a quick look at each hotel's price range and displays them on a map, or you can use our Flagstaff hotel finder to sort by location and real-time rates for your particular vacation dates.
If you're traveling with tweens, teens or with another family, you may want to find accommodations with some extra elbow room. There are several hotels with suites available, but Flagstaff is fortunate to be able to offer visitors vacation rental homes and cabins for accommodations ranging from one to three-bedroom homes.See Family Friendly Hotels »
Today, on average, young people are spending 4 minutes a day in the outdoors, and, it is said, 6 hours a day in front of a television or a computer. Flagstaff is a phenomenal place to reverse that trend and get young people – in fact, all people – into the Great Outdoors, as part of a healthy vacation itinerary. While it's not the most obviously family friendly destination - in fact, part of Flagstaff's appeal may just be that there are no theme parks, arcades or sprawling malls - Flagstaff is a great place for families traveling with kids, IF you know where to look.
First, there are plenty of tour operators that will expertly help you get into the surrounding canyons by jeep, horseback, all-terrain vehicles or even a train ride to the Grand Canyon, and the guides will gladly tailor their narrative to fascinate kids and pique their natural curiosity.
Second, venture out on your own; independent activities such as hiking, golf, fishing, biking, or swimming at a swimming hole are the stuff that childhood memories are made of. In fact, kids aged 6 - 12 can complete the Junior Ranger program at Arizona State Parks. If you need further specifics on where to go, look here or ask a local; most of Flagstaff's residents are open-air enthusiasts and will happily point you toward quiet locations where your kids can explore nature.
Third, if you can't separate your tween or teen from her smartphone, make it work for you! Put your kiddo in charge of taking photos with the cell phone camera during your vacation.See Family-Friendly Things to Do »
One thing parents often hear when traveling with kids is the whine of "I'm huuuuunnnnggrryyyyy!" Faced with the challenge of finding kid-friendly places to eat at least three, and sometimes more, times a day on your vacation, you are wise to look in advance for restaurants and eateries that cater to families.
While it's certainly true that most places in Flagstaff will welcome you and your progeny, why not check out these especially kid-friendly joints that offer a decent array of choices on their children's menus, won't break your budget (probably), and will keep the kidlets entertained long enough for you to actually take a rest, maybe have a cocktail, and enjoy a meal yourself.
Insider tip: If you're staying a couple of days and your lodging has a fridge and/or microwave in the guestroom, make an early stop at one of the local grocers like Safeway or New Frontiers Natural Marketplace to stock up on some kid-friendly snacks and maybe even a simple ready-to-eat meal or two. You'll be happy to have fresh goodies and drinks on hand to not only keep up your sightseeing energy, but also avoid having to eat every single meal in a restaurant.See Family-Friendly Restaurants »
1. Bearizona Wildlife Park
2. Grand Canyon Day Tour
3. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines
4. Wilderness River Adventures
5. Grand Canyon Railway
6. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator
7. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Adventure Southwest offers private group hiking and sightseeing trips to amazing Southwest destin
8. Pink Jeep Tours 5 Star Rated Grand Canyon Tours
9. The Ultimate Off Road Adventure
10. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins
11. Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff
12. DoubleTree By Hilton Flagstaff
We are a newly renovated hotel right on route 66. With banquet space, indoor whirlpool, outdoor J
13. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
14. Little America Hotel Flagstaff
15. Predator Zip Lines Camp Verde, AZ
Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators.
16. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff
17. La Bellavia Restaurant
18. Big Foot BBQ
19. Riordan Mansion State Park
20. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Flagstaff
21. Embassy Suites Flagstaff
22. Sedona Day Trip from Flagstaff
23. Flagstaff Area National Monuments
24. Hampton Inn & Suites Flagstaff
25. Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff
26. Brandy's Restaurant
27. Great West Adventure Company
28. Days Inn & Suites Flagstaff East
29. Mormon Lake Lodge
30. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian Reservation From Viator
31. Hotel Aspen InnSuites
32. The Geekery
33. Museum of Northern Arizona
34. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center
35. Guided Outdoor Rock Climbing & Indoor Climbing Gym
36. Pioneer Museum
FLAGSTAFF, AZ WEATHER
Check out the weather conditions before you come. Winter and summer are popular, but there's no bad time to visit Flagstaff.
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WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR?
Our Flagstaff Event Calendar is full of festivals, workshops, art fairs, concerts and classes. Browse or add your event.
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TAKING YOUR FAMILY TO FLAGSTAFF FOR VACATION?
Here are some of the most family-friendly hotels in Flagstaff and some things to do that should keep everyone happy…at least for a while.
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IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO SEE FLAGSTAFF
These are the essential things you MUST do to get the most out of your day trip.
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