- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2014
Historic Downtown District
Historic Downtown District Review
Storied Route 66 runs right through the heart of downtown Flagstaff. The late-Victorian, Tudor Revival, and early–art deco architecture in this district recalls the town's heyday as a logging and railroad center.
Santa Fe Depot. The Santa Fe Depot now houses the visitor center for the Historic District. 1 E. Rte. 66, 86001.
Hotel Monte Vista. Highlights of the historic district include the 1927 Hotel Monte Vista, built after a community drive raised $200,000 in 60 days. The construction was promoted as a way to bolster the burgeoning tourism industry in the region. The hotel was held publicly until the early 1960s. 100 N. San Francisco St., 86001. 928/779–6971. www.hotelmontevista.com.
Babbitt Brothers Building. The 1888 Babbitt Brothers Building was constructed as a building-supply store and then turned into a department store by David Babbitt, the mastermind of the Babbitt empire. The Babbitts are one of Flagstaff's wealthiest founding families. Bruce Babbitt, the most recent member of the family to wield power and influence, was the governor of Arizona from 1978 through 1987 and Secretary of the Interior under President Clinton (1993–2001). 12 E. Aspen Ave., 86001.
Vail Building. Most of the area's first businesses were saloons catering to railroad construction workers, which was the case with the 1888 Vail Building, a brick art deco–influenced structure covered with stucco in 1939. Crystal Magic, a New Age shop, is the building's current tenant. 5 N. San Francisco St., 86001.
- Address: Downtown Historic District, Rte. 66 north to Birch Ave., and Beaver St. east to Agassiz St., Downtown, Flagstaff, AZ
- Location: Flagstaff
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
In April 2013, my husband and I did a Utah and Arizona Grand Circle tour-covering the Grand Canyon, the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, The Needles and the Island Read more
My husband and I recently joined my sister and her husband for a wonderful overnight hike in the Grand Canyon. Read more
We are taking a three-month RV trip through the southern part of the US. Read more
· News & Features
This week, we covered top destinations for great family getaways—from Disney World to dinosaur spotting.... Read more
Go on location in Görlitz, Germany, to the transporting set of director Wes Anderson's film... Read more
Kick off spring with some of this year's best events and hotel packages in Washington, D.C.... Read more