Destination: Flagstaff Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Joan Christensen
February 27, 2012
People flock to Arizona for the sunshine, a lifestyle that includes plenty of outdoor recreation year-round, and cultural attractions that run the gamut from Native American historic sites to the famous annual rite of spring training and pre-season games for Major League Baseball teams.
By John Anderson
February 23, 2010
Drive south from Phoenix into the heart of the Sonoran Desert and you’ll soon come upon one of the giant saguaro cacti, arms pointing skyward, that can grow to an astonishing 45 feet tall and 10 feet around. Continue into the Saguaro National Park and you’ll soon be surrounded by vast forests of the enormous plants.
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Just north of the Red Rocks of Sedona, Flagstaff promises a cooler mountain climate within driving distance of many Northern Arizona spectacles and attractions. This mountain location provides a respite from intense summer heat and a sweet spot for snow sports in the winter.
Flagstaff is a very popular destination for people looking to visit the Grand Canyon (about 80 miles north), the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument or the Meteor Crater. Its proximity to all of these natural wonders allows for easy access to other outdoor recreational options, such as the Arizona Snowbowl and Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Flagstaff is tailor-made for the nature enthusiast, with many biking, jogging and hiking opportunities readily available. Guided outdoor expeditions are always an option, regardless of skill level or group size. Strangely enough, most people who come to visit the Grand Canyon never venture below the rim. If you want to be in the minority, show up for one of the many free guided hikes into the canyon. These hikes, led by park rangers, are informative and exciting, allowing even the most inexperienced hikers to learn a little more about the natural wonder.
In addition to these natural components, Flagstaff is also a cultural epicenter. With neighboring Native American reserves, roots in the origins of the railroad and even involvement in the lunar Apollo missions, there is no shortage of local attractions.