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DON'T MISS! Places in Flagstaff, AZ?

Old Apr 21st, 1997, 05:09 PM
Jean Kirchner
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DON'T MISS! Places in Flagstaff, AZ?

We are heading to Flagstaff and Sedona and the Grand Canyon in June with our 11 and 13 year old. What are the things you would most recommend that we try to see and do? Places to eat?
Thanx! Jean
Old Apr 24th, 1997, 11:11 AM
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Right in Flagstaff is the Lowell observatory. Percival Lowell was the astronomer who observed the "canals" of Mars. You can see his telescope. Comet Shoemaker-Levy was also discovered here (I think). Outside of town is Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon. Walnut Canyon is the ruins of ancient Pueblo Indian homes built from and into the sides of the canyon walls. You follow a trail down into the canyon to see the ruins. Real interesting and educational, not rigorous hiking but don't do it if anybody doesn't walk well or without assistance. Drive famous Route 66 to Winslow, AZ just to say you've been there (old song - "well I was standin on the corner in Winslow AZ, and such a fine site to see).
Sedona is pretty but something of a tourist trap. Good Mexican restaurants though. The drive between Flagstaff and Sedona is GREAT - we did it in a convertible and loved it.
Old Apr 28th, 1997, 09:37 AM
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You will enjoy your trip to Flagstaff and area, it is beautiful. Lowell observatory is great, kids love it. The Indian ruins at Wupatki, Sunset Crater are close together and will take a good part of the day to see. Drive up on the peaks to the Snowbowl, the skyride to the top of Mt Agazziz is worth the $.Walnut Canyon is wonderful example of ancient cliff dwellings. If you like coffee have some at "Macys." Downtown is full of shops selling Indian and Southwest stuff. There is a small pizza shop in the alley behind Flagstaff Brewery that has good pizza, recommend the "Enchilada Pizza." There are many motels, some nice B&B's, and even some cabins in the woods. If you want any info on that e-mail me and I will get it for you. (I live in Flag) Also you can type :"Virtual Flagstaff" and you will find a website with lots of good info on Flag. The drive to Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon is great, take your time, stop and check out the creek and the kids will enjoy "Slide Rock State Park. Sedona is pretty much a snobby tourist trap but the rocks are wonderful. Ask for directions to the "Chapel of the Holy Dove," it was built by Frank Lloyd Wright and offers a terrific view. Close by to Sedona is Jerome, a small, old mining town, desperetly hanging on to the side of the mountain. Fun drive and some interesting shops and natives to observe. It too is getting a little touristy lately. Hope you enjoy your trip. Lee
Old May 15th, 1997, 03:23 PM
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Great area. Need lots of time to see it all so be selective. Here are some sites to visit on the web: (AZ) Grand Canyon Nat'l Park: Grand Canyon National Park Service pages The "unofficial" Home Page on the Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Association site

Too vast & spectacular to describe. Southern & Northern rims offer different views. South rim very busy - expect difficulties in parking at view points (crowded). Mule trips booked up to a year in advance. Hardy hikers can hike to bottom for overnight trip - also booked far in advance. Scenic views along drive. (MUST SEE)

IMAX Theater: Located in Tusayan, 8 miles south of the western entrance (AZ 64/US 180; South Rim of Grand Canyon), this 3-camera movie presents amazing views of Canyon areas. Shows daily at half past the hour. Get there early as it will be crowded (MUST SEE)

Steam Train: Runs out of Williams, AZ (I40 west of Flagstaff). Fun - not true coal-burning train (uses a separate 'steam generator'). Allows 3 hour stay at rim of Canyon.

Drive down into Canyon Peach Springs, AZ - west of Williams on old Route 66. Requires Permit from local Native Americans - their land. Drive is about 20 miles (one way) on dirt road to Colorado River at bottom of western edge of Grand Canyon.

Reasonably close by : (AZ) Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument:
Pronounced "Canyon de Shay". Located inside Navajo lands and much is controlled by them. View points along North Rim Drive and South Rim Drive. Hike down into canyon to view cliff dwellings. Can also hire Navajo guide to drive you down into canyon. One day trip. Small campground. Motels nearby. Not too crowded.


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