Want to spend your time in Flagstaff exploring the area? We have compiled a list of our top things to see in and around Flagstaff, whether you want to be on your own or hire a tour company. Flagstaff will certainly delight the adventurer in you! Going on a tour is a great idea for people who like to learn more about the particular point of interest being visited. Many people visit the Grand Canyon, look over the rim, snap a few photos and go home. But going on a Grand Canyon tour will help visitors understand just how magnificent it really is. Same goes for observing the planets at Lowell Observatory, plants at the Aboretum and artifacts at the Native American museum. Tours are always a great way to make the most of your time when visiting something new.
Peer through telescopes at night or see the instrument that helped gather the first evidence of the expanding Universe. Tour our facility with friendly, knowledgeable guides. Experience the cosmos though widescreen multimedia shows, exhibits, live presentations, and SlipherVision, our immersive space theater. Your visit to Lowell begins in the 6,500-square-foot Steele Visitor Center, where our team will get you started on your journey of exploration. In addition to our tours and multimedia shows, we offer fascinating, interactive exhibits in our exhibit hall.Go to Lowell Observatory »
Come gaze across curved canyon walls! Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.More Info on Walnut Canyon »
Wupatki National Monument
Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived. Today, if you linger and listen, earth and artifacts whisper their stories to us still.More Info about Wupatki Nat'l Monument »
The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an international tourist venue with outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen movie theater, Interactive Discovery Center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the Visitor Center located on the crater rim.More Info About Meteor Crater »
Lava Tube Cave
This mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The top, sides and bottom of the flow cooled and solidified first, after which the insides of the lava river continued to flow emptying out the present cave.More Info About the Lava Tube Cave »
Like the chocolate waterfall in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, these muddy falls are a sight to be seen. Known in the Southwest for its many tiers of water and wide stance, the Grand Falls are an incredible phenomena. These falls were created by volcanic runoff from Merriam Crater and created a lava dam. Located 30 miles East of Flagstaff, this waterfall wonder sits on Navajo Nation land in the Painted Desert. The falls are fed by the snow melt and rain from the White Mountains and flows into the Little Colorado river. For this reason there are only specific times of year that the waterfalls are actually flowing. The best time to see the falls are during March-April and during monsoon season, which is typically July through early September.More Info about Grand Falls »
Museum of Northern Arizona
The Museum was founded in 1928 by Harold S. Colton and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and was originally established to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation and education. MNA's mission to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.More Info about Museum of Northern AZ»
The Riordan brothers moved to Flagstaff in the 1880’s as managers and then owners of the largest employer, the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company. At the heart of the Flagstaff community for over 50 years, their efforts advocating for progressive improvements included educational facilities such as the Normal School, which grew into today’s Northern Arizona University and the creation of Coconino County with Flagstaff as its county seat. They also recruited scientific institutions, such as Lowell Observatory, and the Fort Valley Experimental Forest Station that continue to benefit Flagstaff residents today. Seen by guided tour only, the interiors of the Riordan family homes look essentially as they did in 1904. The homes showcase all original family belongings including fine examples of early Stickley furniture.More Info about Riordan Mansion »
1. The Arboretum
2. Pioneer Museum
3. Riordan Mansion State Park
4. Wildland Trekking
5. Bearizona Wildlife Park
6. Maverick Helicopter Tours
7. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon
8. Predator Zip Lines Camp Verde, AZ
Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators.
9. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center
10. Grand Canyon Railway
11. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
12. Grand Canyon Day Tour
Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy th
13. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines
14. Lowell Observatory
15. Museum of Northern Arizona
16. Flagstaff Area National Monuments
17. Maverick Airlines Fly To The Grand Canyon
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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DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO FLAGSTAFF
Getting to Flagstaff is the first step. Driving is the most popular and practical way to get here.
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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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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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