Flagstaff is known as the “City of 7 Wonders” at 7,000 feet surrounded by awe-inspiring wonders at every turn, endless trails to explore, and only 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. The best itinerary includes Flagstaff as the hub for an adventure to discover the city of seven wonders: Grand Canyon National Park, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks and Coconino National Forest.
Day One: Bucket List & Beer
- Play in Flagstaff’s backyard, capture breathtaking views, and check-off Grand Canyon National Park from the bucket list.
- Return to Flagstaff to dine in one of 200 restaurants, listen to live music in historic downtown, and enjoy award-winning craft beers on the Flagstaff Brewery Trail.
Day Two: National Monuments & More
- Explore Wupatki National Monument featuring rock walls of 800-year-old pueblos that dot a desert landscape.
- Discover Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument showcasing powerful geologic forces and the history of Apollo moon missions as an astronaut training ground. Did you know, all the astronauts that walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff?
- Hike the Island Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument and walk among cliff dwellings and view beautiful overlooks on the Rim Trail.
- Encounter endless trails like West Fork, Slide Rock, or Grasshopper Point through scenic Oak Creek Canyon with dramatic switchbacks and colorful red-rock formations.
Day Three: Thrill-Seekers & Stargazing
- Bikers find the San Francisco Peaks a mountain paradise with multiple trails such as the Weatherford Trail or Abineau Trail and some that lead to underground lava tubes or Arizona’s highest point via the Kachina Trail. Flagstaff also offers a vast network of pathways on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) and has been designated as a bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists.
- Experience Arizona’s best zip line course through the Coconino National Forest at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course for a thrilling adventure in the world’s largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest. Flagstaff is also a climbing epicenter with a multitude of opportunities for outdoor professional climbing and bouldering in popular sites like Solitude Canyon and Hobo Jungle.
- Stargazing is re-imagined at Lowell Observatory at the NEW Giovale Open Deck Observatory. Lowell Observatory is where Pluto was discovered in 1930 and Flagstaff is the world’s first international dark sky city.
Flagstaff’s city of seven wonders offers the ideal location for outdoor adventure in a four-season climate with clean mountain air and stunning views with an infinite number of trails that meander through beautiful Ponderosa pines, Aspen trees, and northern Arizona terrain. Check Grand Canyon off the bucket list, explore national monuments, zip-line in the pines, enjoy scenic drives, beautiful trails, stargazing, and award-winning craft beer. Visit www.DiscoverFlagstaff.com to start planning an unforgettable vacation today!
Last modified: August 25, 2020