I decided to write about Flagstaff, AZ because I do have a little bit of history with the place and also because I got this question a lot in the past: Flagstaff, what could you possibly do there?
Now, it is true that most things that you can do in Flag are outdoor activities, the indoor options are pretty limited but on the bright side, if you like nature, you will never run out of options.
I decided to collect 10 things that people can do in Flagstaff, who knows this might inspire some people to visit this magical little town.
First of all, the coolest thing about Flagstaff is that under a 7 hour driving radius there are a lot of “must see” places so even if one runs out of options to do in Flagstaff, it is still easy to go and discover the extended area. (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, The Wave, Antelope Canyon, Havasupai Falls, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, L.A., San Diego and so much more)
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- Hike & Bike & Camp(ing) – if there is one thing you don’t ever have to worry about, is that you run out of hills and mountains and trails and forests, and paths that you can hike and bike on in Flagstaff…you wanna go for a 30 minute hike or you feel more like a pro and are ready to take over the world with a 5 hour one? Either way your options are almost limitless… Here is a list of all the trails for you. Don’t forget to pack water, tie your shoes and please don’t get lost! Enjoy the wonderful fresh air and the quiet that helps you clear your thoughts like no yoga class ever.
- Lowell Observatory – oh this is a good one! This is the observatory where they discovered Pluto! And yes, they are all hurt by the fact that Pluto is not considered to be a planet anymore…I mean, even I am hurt by that fact…can you imagine Pluto’s feelings then? If you are interested in checking this awesome place out, click on this to see their website!
- Lake Mary – even though I don’t know if people actually swim in it, Lake Mary is a pretty cool little lake…we went there to practice our paddle boarding skills (see below), but you can do fishing, water skiing, sail boating, canoeing and pretty much any water activities you like. But if you are not really up for going in the water you can always just chill by the beach and enjoy the great atmosphere. There are great picnic areas and barbecue grills in the area. Check out their website here!
- Snowbowl – You can hit the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks year-round…for hiking in the summer and skiing/snowboarding in the winter time. The Peaks are located to the north of Flagstaff, not too far just a 20-25 minutes car ride away. It is a must, especially in the winter time! Website here!
- Frisbee golf/Disc golf officially – a very fun activity with friends or by yourself! I have never played it but I have seen people play it and it does seem like a fun activity…however, I don’t trust my frisbee throwing skills too much…but if you are curious about the rules, here is a link for you: I am a link to the rules of disc golf. I tried to take a picture of a group of friends who were playing disc golf, but they were a little creeped out by me standing there and asking them to look pretty whilst playing so that didn’t turn out too well…
- Rock climbing – very hard but super fun I think…maybe I find it so hard because there is no way I can pull myself up with my arms ever…the most pull ups I could ever do with no help were one…but I am very proud of that strong one. If you wanna try yourself out, check this place out!
If you are from Flagstaff it is basic I guess that you climb walls…look even this cute little girl made it to the Ellen Show from Flagstaff for her wall climbing skills: Ellie in Ellen
- Flagstaff Extreme – If you like adventure courses and you are not afraid of heights, I can warm heartedly recommend Flagstaff Extreme to you. It is definitely a fun experience but guarantee you will be sore the next day. Like I mentioned, my arm muscles are a little weak so I did have to work a little extra hard at some points but all the laughs and awkward body moves made up for it all. There are adult and junior courses as well for the mini people…but I will be honest (and this happened to me) sometimes those little kiddos will look more athletic and will move better than you as an adult and it is slightly embarrassing. At some points my heart was definitely pounding and I needed to be brave…but again….looking back I have to say: it was a lot of fun! If you are ready for the challenge, you can sign up here.
- Museum of Northern Arizona – we visited MNA at the beginning of the summer with my sister. It was very interesting to see and learn about not just the whole area (Colorado Plateau) but the Native American culture also. There are several tools, pots and pans, clothing, jewelry on display and they are for sure beautiful. You can check out their website here and plan a visit to MNA to learn more about the Colorado Plateau!
- Northern Arizona University – NAU is definitely a must see when in Flagstaff. That gorgeous university gives home to more than 25,000 students. Their mascot is Louie, the Lumberjack, it has 12 NCAA division 1 teams and they all bleed blue and gold. The campus is wonderful, the north part is more historical as opposed to south campus where the buildings are more modern. There are constant constructions on campus which means they just can’t stop improving but no worries there are two Starbucks on campus so when you get tired from walking around discovering, you can sit down for a little bit and relax with your favorite drink….which I guess now is pumpkin spiced latte since it is officially fall!A LITTLE OUTSIDE OF FLAGSTAFF:
- Meteor Crater – oh cool meteors!!! Well, this is not exactly in Flagstaff, so I apologize for that…it is about a 45 minute drive to the east but again, it is worth it. Some people say it is just a giant hole so why so excited about it? buuuuut this is not just a giant hole you can dig up in an hour, this is a giant hole made by a meteor! Now, it is not something that happened the other day (luckily) but more like 50,000 years ago but it is still an amazing site to see. Not every day you can tell your friends you saw a meteor crater. There is an interactive discovery center, a little gift shop with rocks and meteor pieces and post cards, and even a movie theater! Plan your trip to visit here!
- Bearizona – Beeeeeeaaaaaars! Biiiiirds! Wildlife! If you are brave enough and willing to pay the fairly priced $22 admission fee, you can cruise through the wild with your car and have a close-up with these fantastic animals. They have a bird show, where they introduce you to several wonderful birds, an open bus ride, where they drive you through the park and show you around and you can ask the bus driver as many annoying questions as you want, even though they have probably heard it all, they will patiently listen and explain everything to you. Go to Bearizona!