By Jennifer Broome , Travel Journalist and TV Personality
October 25, 2019
Route 66 runs through its downtown. It was the world’s first international dark skies city. The planet Pluto was discovered from its world-renowned observatory. It sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. The remnants of ancient cultures and a volcano crater are short drives away. It’s only 90 minutes to see the jaw-dropping scenery of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There's so much more to know about and see, so make Flagstaff a definite stop during an epic road trip across the Southwest. If you prefer, fly in on one of the direct flights from Dallas, Denver or Phoenix.
I spent three days on a getaway to Flagstaff and wished I were staying for a week-long vacation. Why? Because Flagstaff is a unique crossroads of outdoor adventure, space exploration, Americana and culinary innovation. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to galaxies far away, Flagstaff is a base camp for adventure in northern Arizona.