The wonders of Flagstaff haven’t ceased to amaze me. I’ve lived here for only seven months now, and fall more and more in love with this town each day. I want to share some of my favorite things about Flagstaff, now that I’ve had time to explore the area a little more. This is a great guide for anyone wanting to spend a weekend in Flagstaff (a perfect stop on your way to or from the Grand Canyon or Lake Powell).
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR A WEEKEND IN FLAGSTAFF
You definitely can’t come to Flagstaff without planning to spend at least a little time outdoors. It’s known for mountain biking, hiking, running and climbing. Many athletes come to train in the higher altitude, and a lot of the residents are involved in mountain sports and long-distance cycling or running.
Bike – I’ll refer you to Trailforks for these recommendations. It’s an amazing app, and anytime I run into someone on the trails looking for a specific route or trail I tell them to download trailforks. It uses GPS to track your location and will show you where you are on a trail. I’ve gotten lost a few times on the mountain when riding a trail and it’s saved my butt (see more here). My favorite trail loop is :: up Shultz (road or trail depending on what kind of workout you want), cut over to Dog Food, Secret, Sunset, Upper Brookbank, Weenie Walk, then Shultz all the back down. Using trailforks has enabled me to try new trails and routes without worrying about getting totally lost on the mountain!
Hike – I love the views from Buffalo Park, and there is a nice 2.3 mile loop around the park full of boulders and elevation. Walnut Canyon is also a must. There are ancient pueblo villages and cliff dwellings, which are fun to explore and read about on your hike. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, the hike up to the top of Humpreys Peak (see more information here). The best time of year to hike the mountain is late May until the first snow in Fall. If you’re visiting during monsoon season, be sure to start your hike early (like super early) to get down before storms roll in during the afternoon.
Water Sports – There’s Lake Mary (it’s not that bad!) for any water activities you’d like to participate in during the warmer months. Kayaking, paddle boards, whatever you prefer, there’s a rental company for that.
DINING AND NIGHTLIFE IN FLAGSTAFF
La Bellavia – I highly recommend breakfast at La Bellavia. They have like a hundred types of eggs benedict on the menu and I want to try them all (life goal). Next door is ::
Macy’s – Where you can grab an espresso drink after your meal, and have breakfast here another morning.
Street Side Saigon – I love Street Side. They have fresh, well-priced Vietnamese food, and they are BYOB. I love to get the Green Papaya Salad, Pork Banh Mi, and bring a bottle of wine to share on their back patio. It’s a perfect casual date night place or an everyday lunch spot.
Mother Road Brewing Company – After a day of major calorie busting, hit up Mother Road for a Tower Station or Gold Road, and be sure to order pizza from ::
Pizzicletta (two doors down) – They serve the brewery all evening and have amazing pizza with a perfect wood-fired crust. I recommend the roasted olives, burrata and apricot, ss-145 and whatever the special pizza is for the night.
SoSoBa – Always a good choice, but especially if you’re trying to grab dinner a little later than usual. SoSoBa serves food until 2am on the weekends! I love to get an Old Fashioned, Shishito Peppers, Fried Cauliflower and The Mic Drop
Orpheum Theater – The historic downtown theater hosts concerts, film screenings, adult prom (if your lucky enough to be here that weekend you should definitely go!), and a variety of other events. Check out their website for what’s going on.
The Green Room – We went last night! The Green Room hosts an abundance of live music, films and other events.
WHERE TO STAY FOR A WEEKEND IN FLAGSTAFF
Hotel Monte Vista – Located downtown, this historic hotel is close to all of the restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Airbnb – Always a good option. Stay just west of downtown in a cute cottage and be near hiking trails, but close enough to walk to downtown.
There are so many events throughout late spring, all summer and early fall to participate in! Check the website for what’s going on while you’re in town. I’m a creature of habit, so there are still tons of really amazing dining options that I need to try! What’s your Flagstaff favorite?!