By Shaina Amienyi
Flagstaff
Arizona
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Visitors come to Flagstaff, Arizona, known as “the destination for all seasons,” in order to experience the city’s year-round outdoor activities, take in its beautiful scenery, and learn about its rich history. Popular activities in Flagstaff include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and river rafting. In winter, visitors come to ski or snowboard. Though it offers a vast number of recreational activities, there is more to Flagstaff. So come see all that Flagstaff has to offer.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Flagstaff. Visitors can fly into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), a regional airport with direct connections to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Please book your flight to Flagstaff using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). When booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please see our selection of top hotels. Then to book, click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to utilize EscapeWizard.com’s hotel finder.

EscapeWizard.com assures you that Flagstaff has a variety of must-see attractions that showcase the marvels and history of Northern Arizona. One such attraction is The Arboretum at Flagstaff, a 200-acre botanical garden and research station with 2500 species of plants. Visitors can take a free guided tour of the gardens, go on a bird walk with members of the Audubon Society (during certain months), or go on a wildflower walk and see one of the nation’s largest collections of high-country wildflowers. The Arboretum, open from April to October, also offers stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks and has a nature trail that goes through the Ponderosa Pine Forest.

We, at EscapeWizard.com, suggest that while you are seeing the sights, you visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sunset Crater Volcano has been around since the late 11th century. The monument is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, one of the most diverse National Forests in the country. Visitors should walk the Lava Flow Trail and explore the volcano landscape. At Walnut Canyon, you can walk the Island Trail where you will see 25 different cliff dwelling rooms that are remnants of a pueblo community.

Eighty miles northwest of Flagstaff is one of the nation’s first national parks: the Grand Canyon. Visitors can drive to the canyon from Flagstaff or take a shuttle from Pulliam Airport or the Flagstaff Amtrak Station. We, at EscapeWizard.com, believe this is a site that visitors will not want to miss. The Grand Canyon is divided into the North and South Rims. Most people visit the South Rim, which is open 24 hours a day and every day of the year. Also, camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round in the South Rim. The North Rim also has lodging and camping available, but it is more secluded and is open from mid-May to mid-October.

There is so much to see in Flagstaff, but EscapeWizard.com suggests taking a break from sightseeing and going shopping instead. Flagstaff has a thriving arts scene and visitors can find clothing, jewelry, and arts with a distinctive flair. For example, in the Downtown Flagstaff Historic District, with its historic 1890s streets, you will find unique bookstores, art galleries, and clothing boutiques. The Historic Downtown/Railroad District is also the hub of Flagstaff’s nightlife and home to many of the city’s bars and lounges. In Downtown on Aspen Avenue is Heritage Square, a gathering spot where visitors can find free entertainment such as movies and live music. Also, be sure to visit the Historic Southside District, full of ethnically diverse shops, bars, and eateries.

If you are looking to enjoy the fresh mountain air, scenic Northern Arizona desert, and lush pine forests, then Flagstaff is the destination for you. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend taking advantage of all Flagstaff has to offer, from its recreational activities, archeological resources, and attractions to its shopping, art scene, and entertainment. We invite you to plan and book your trip to Flagstaff, Arizona with EscapeWizard.com by clicking on the above link.
Hotels in Flagstaff
By Kierston Rusden
Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff
2650 South Beulah Boulevard, Flagstaff, AZ
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When you first arrive at the Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff, you will be welcomed to this Arizonan resort by their vast brick patio and warming fire pit.  Surrounded by forestry and mountains with views of the San Francisco peaks from the hotel’s rooms, the Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff is conveniently located 4 miles from the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and directly across from Northern Arizona University’s south campus.  Complementary airport shuttle is available with a reservation, and for all guests, there is complementary on-site parking, too.  If you’re earlier than the 3 p.m. check-in time, feel free to leave your bags in the hotel’s luggage room and get yourself lost in nature.

The Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff offers 159 rooms of 4 different selections.  You can choose either: a room with a king bed and a sofa bed; a room with 2 queen beds; a room with 2 queen beds and a balcony overlooking the courtyard and fire pit; or a 2-room suite that has a king bed, a sofa bed, and a separate living area.  No matter which selection you make, every room is equipped with complimentary wireless Internet, a mini fridge, individual climate control, cable TV, and a safe deposit box. And, most importantly, every bed is dressed in luxury bedding so you can rest assured.

After a good night’s sleep, check out the Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff’s fitness center, indoor pool, or whirlpool.  If being indoors is giving you cabin fever, or if indoor recreation is something you loathe, there is a myriad of outdoor activities for you and for the entire family around town.  Within 10 miles of the hotel, there are 3 different golf clubs. Within 5 miles, you can rent a bicycle, ride a fitness trail, introduce yourself to new species on the local nature preserve trail, or you can take an outing to the local bowling alley or rock climbing facilities.

If you’re looking for more, check out the celebrated local attractions near the Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff after a full service American meal at the Courtyard Café.  Ask a hotel attendant for walking directions to the Center for the Arts and Art Barn, the NAU Art Museum, the Lowell Observatory, a colossal meteor crater, and the Walnut Canyon National Monument. After your excursions, remember to check out at 12 p.m., with an option to express check out.  Again, there is complimentary airport shuttle service with a reservation to make your travels a little less stressful. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservation, just click here to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Flagstaff
By Jessica Beck
Holiday Inn Express
2320 East Lucky Lane, Flagstaff, AZ
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This hotel is situated just minutes from downtown Flagstaff making it the perfect place to stay for the businessman and tourist alike. With complimentary cab rides to the airport and train station, free on-site parking, and over 150 rooms to choose from, this hotel puts its guests’ needs first.

As a guest of Holiday Inn, you will experience the comfort of your on-site hotel amenities. Show your gaming skills in the action-packed Video Game Room. Reboot each morning with a vigorous workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Enjoy feasting on your complimentary breakfast from 6 am to 10 am each morning. Here on business? Take advantage of your on-site Business Center. Take a soothing dip in the indoor pool or swim through the underpass and experience the refreshing outdoor pool. Kick back and relax in the spa.

As you walk into your guest room, breathe a sigh of relief at the comfort and satisfaction you will experience. Fall into your plush mattress and “Simply Smart” bedding. Stay connected with your in-room complimentary Wi-Fi access. Stay on top of your business at your spacious work desk and two-line phone with voicemail. All local calls are free for your convenience. Wake up each morning with a fresh cup of your favorite morning brew. Stay current with your complimentary daily newspaper. Provided for your convenience is an in-room microwave and refrigerator. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of your individually controlled air conditioning. Kick back and enjoy your favorite television show on your LCD television complete with 99 cable channel options. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy a separate spacious living area complete with a sofa bed. Also enjoy the convenience of an in-room kitchenette including a full-size refrigerator, stove, and kitchen utensils.

Check-in to the Holiday Inn Express and enjoy a convenient location in a comfortable, affordable hotel. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Flagstaff
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff
350 West Forest Meadows Street, Flagstaff, AZ
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When visiting Flagstaff, Arizona, enhance your experience by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff. Conveniently located just two miles from downtown Flagstaff, this hotel puts you in the heart of the city’s highlights. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m.

The Hilton Garden Inn has beautiful, spacious and comfortable guest accommodations. All rooms come with your choice of one or two beds. Each unit provides a 32-inch television, a microwave oven and a refrigerator. USA Today newspapers are provided weekdays. High speed Internet access is available.

The hotel has a 24-hour convenient mart, the Pavilion Pantry Mart, where guests will find sundry items. There is a tour desk that will help you to explore the Flagstaff area. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or relax and unwind in the whirlpool. Maintain your fitness regimen in the on site fitness center, which features state of the art exercise equipment. Guest will find a delicious breakfast buffet at the Great American Grill Restaurant. Or you can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner at Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, which is located just behind the hotel. Be sure to visit the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, created by eruptions and lava flows between 1064 and 1065 AD, Walnut Canyon National Monument, which boasts pre-Columbian cliff dwellings, Bearizoan Wildlife Park, where you can drive through and get close to bear, wolf and bison, the Pioneer Museum, which exhibits Arizona history, and Wupatki National Monument, which contains many well preserved Anasazi and Sinagua ruins.

Make your visit to Flagstaff memorable by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.