To get to Flagstaff, from the Phoenix airport, follow signs for Downtown/I-10 and merge onto I-10 West toward Los Angeles, then take exit 143A for I-17 North toward Flagstaff. (All Phoenix-to-Flagstaff routes pick up at I-17 North eventually.) In 149 miles, I-17 will end and turn into Milton Road/US Route 66/Santa Fe Ave., leading you into Downtown Flagstaff.
151 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
(There are two ways you can get to Flagstaff from Sedona
OPTION 1 – (This route is via Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon recommended for its beauty and short distance. Take it in good weather and daylight.) Take Highway 89A north 25 miles through Oak Creek Canyon. Take I-17 north to enter Flagstaff (2 miles.)
27 miles, 40 minutes
OPTION 2 – (If it is snowing, use this route.) Take Highway 179 south 15 miles through the Village of Oak Creek. Take I-17 north to Flagstaff about 41 miles. This route takes about an hour from Sedona to Flagstaff.
56 miles, 1 hour
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These hotels on Route 66 vary in features and rates, but most of them can be categorized as "affordable" to "moderate," with a couple classified as "upscale" but they all provide plenty of budget-friendly features that will make your Route 66 experience special.See All Flagstaff Hotels on Route 66 »
Directions to Grand Canyon South Rim and back (there are three ways you can get to the South Rim from Flagstaff)
OPTION 1 – Directions to Grand Canyon South Rim via I-40 and AZ-64
Take I-40 west toward Williams to Highway 64. Take Highway 64 north directly to the main entrance to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
90 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
OPTION 2 – Directions to Grand Canyon South Rim via US-180
(recommended for good weather and daylight only)
Take Humphreys Street/Fort Valley Road/Highway 180 northwest to Highway 64. Take Highway 64 north directly to the main entrance to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
90 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
OPTION 3 – Directions to Grand Canyon South Rim Desert View (East) Entrance via AZ-89
Take Route 66/Santa Fe Ave to its transition into AZ-89. Take Highway 89 north to Highway 64. Take Highway 64 west to the East Entrance of the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, nown as Desert View.
106 miles, 2 hours
Directions to Flagstaff from Grand Canyon South Rim
OPTION 1: Take Highway 64 south to I-40 East. Take I-40 East to Flagstaff.
OPTION 2: Take Highway 64 south to US-180 southeast.
OPTION 1: 90 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes; OPTION 2: 78 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Directions to Grand Canyon North Rim
Take Route 66/Santa Fe Ave to its transition into AZ-89. Take Highway 89 north to Highway 89A. Take Highway 89A west to Highway 67. Take Highway 67 south directly to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (Please note: the North Rim is only open mid-May through mid-October.)
208 miles, 4 hours
Directions to Grand Canyon West Rim
Take I-40 east toward Kingman. Take exit 51 for Stockton Hill Road. Turn right at Stockton Hill Rd and continue 41.5 miles. Turn right at Pierce Ferry Road. Continue onto Diamond Bar Road. Turn left to stay on Diamond Bar Road. Continue straight onto Buck and Doe Road. Destination, the parking lot at Grand Canyon West Airport, will be on the right.
229 miles, 3 hours 45 minutes
Take I-515/US-93/US-95 toward Henderson. Take Highway 93 south to I-40. Take I-40 east to Flagstaff.
251 miles, 3 hours 38 minutes
Take I-605 north to I-210 east toward Barstow. Take I-15 north to Barstow. Take I-40 East toward Needles. Enter Arizona and continue on I-40 east toward Flagstaff.
468 miles, 6 hours 42 minutes
1. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff
2. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator
3. Grand Canyon Airlines
4. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
5. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins
6. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon
7. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines
8. Oak Creek Terrace Resort
9. Little America Hotel Flagstaff
10. Wildland Trekking
11. Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Grand Canyon Rafting
12. Maverick Helicopter Tours
13. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion From Viator
14. Bearizona Wildlife Park
15. Grand Canyon Railway
16. Sedona Day Trip From Flagstaff
17. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian Reservation From Viator
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TAKING YOUR FAMILY TO FLAGSTAFF FOR VACATION?
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO FLAGSTAFF
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