One Day Itinerary
If you only have one day to visit Flagstaff, there are some very staple things you should do to get the most out of your day trip. First, be prepared the effects of being in higher altitude. The elevation of Flagstaff is 6,909 and even higher on the San Francisco Peaks. High altitude can have some serious effects some people; so take it easy, stay hydrated, eat right and hold back on the alcohol consumption.
Visitors to Flagstaff can easily experience the highlights of Flagstaff as a one day trip, or one-and-a-half days with an overnight stay. Make the most of the day by arriving in Flagstaff in the early morning to view the San Francisco Peaks bathed in the morning light. As you continue your Flagstaff experience thought the day, you will be amazed on how the midday and late afternoon light effects The Peaks during your visit. If you have time, drive up Snowbowl Road and even consider taking a chair lift ride to the top of the resort to get that “Million Dollar View” of northern Arizona.
Assuming you’re tabling the Grand Canyon and other monuments nearby for another day, spend the first part of your day on a short day hike on Mt. Elden or Mt. Humphreys. Then visit the Lowell Observatory, Arboretum or Museum of Northern Arizona or Riordan Mansion. As you meander about downtown Flagstaff and its various art galleries, eateries and shops towards the late afternoon, grab a craft beer at any of Flagstaff’s beloved local breweries. You can’t go wrong in downtown Flagstaff with any of the restaurants or breweries. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even reserve and book a 4- to 8-seat bicycle pub crawl around downtown! Of course, you can mix up this itinerary or reverse it entirely. Flagstaff is really laid back, so relax and go with the flow of Flagstaff's youthful, outdoor-focused energy. If you stay overnight, choose either an efficient hotel or motel, or indulge in a more upscale bed & breakfast that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive for a multi-night stay. Another great option is to camp and sleep under a blanket of stars in the first International Dark Sky City in the world.
One day may not be enough time to do and see all the one-of-a-kind attractions, activities and restaurants in Flagstaff AND fully adopt the laid-back, no-timetable kind of attitude that is pervasive in the locals' culture, but if you jam-pack your visit using the following suggestions, you're sure to go home with treasured travel memories and stories of northern Arizona's mountain town jewel.
Here is a quick point-by-point "Greatest Hits" list of things to do in Flagstaff in just one (or one-and-a-half days), separated by season.
- Outdoor Brunch - Patio dining is one of Flagstaff's number one past-times. We recommend:
- Tourist Home
- La Bellavia
- Attend a Festival or the Flagstaff Community Farmer's Market - Check our Calendar of Events for dates and details
- Visit the Arboretum at Flagstaff - Walk amongst high-elevation native plantlife and wildflowers; learn about birds of prey.
- Day hike - Some recommend trails: Fat Man’s Loop, Rocky Ridge, or wander in the aspen groves on the way up Snowbowl Road towards Mt. Humphreys’ trailhead.
- Grab a beer - After all, Flagstaff is a drinking town with an outdoor problem
- Flagstaff Brewing Company (aka "Flag Brew")
- Mother Road Brewery - Or, book the Alpine Pedaler &mdash a 4- to 8-person bicycle - and start at Mother Road and do a 2-hour pub crawl, having beers and drinks all over town.
- Dark Sky Brewery
- Have dinner downtown - Choose a place within walking distance of your last watering hole, because - ya know...better safe than sorry. Again, choose a restaurant with a great patio and take advantage of long days and late sunsets.
- Cuvee 928
- Flag Brew
- Early Breakfast - Get started at sun-up with plenty of carbs and protein to fuel all your cold weather activities
- Cafe Daily Fare
- Tourist Home
- Toasted Owl
- Hit the slopes - Spend the morning skiing or snowboarding at Arizona Snowbowl, or sledding and tubing at Wing Mountain, and snow biking, ski lessons and snowshoeing at the Flagstaff Nordic Center
- Warm up with coffee, chai or hot chocolate - Check out Late for the Train on Ft. Valley Road or the location downtown
- Take in an afternoon matinee - Enjoy live theater at Flagstaff Youth Theater or Theatrikos OR…
- Rock climb indoors - Flagstaff Climbing Center, located downtown, is great for everyone for all levels of experience
- Have dinner and drinks downtown - Try one of these:
- Flagstaff Brewing Company (aka "Flag Brew")
- Mother Road Brewery
- Tinderbox Kitchen
- Pato Thai
- Red Curry (vegan)
- Karma Sushi
- Visit Lowell Observatory - Early, dark night skies make for great star and planet viewing until 9:30 pm on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat
1. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
2. Bearizona Wildlife Park
3. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon
4. Little America Hotel Flagstaff
5. Grand Canyon Railway
6. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins
7. Maverick Helicopter Tours
8. Grand Canyon Airlines
9. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion From Viator
10. Wildland Trekking
11. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines
12. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator
13. The Ultimate Off Road Adventure
14. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff
15. DoubleTree By Hilton Flagstaff
We are a newly renovated hotel right on route 66. With banquet space, indoor whirlpool, outdoor J
16. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian Reservation From Viator
17. The Geekery
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