Discover Northern Arizona: The Ultimate Flagstaff Summer Travel Guide

Flagstaff, Arizona

Explore Northern Arizona’s beauty with our Flagstaff Summer Travel Guide. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, make new memories this summer that you’ll never forget.

This story is from our special edition IN AZ 2024 issue. Read the full issue online here for more inside intel on where to stay, dine and everything in between IN AZ this season and all year round.

Where to Stay

Americana Motor Hotel 

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The new Americana Motor Hotel off of Route 66 is inspired by Flagstaff’s natural wonders, scenic drives and lunar history. This retro-futuristic motor hotel offers 89 rooms, a year- round heated pool, a fenced yard with a dog-wash station, telescopes and outdoor firepits.

Bespoke Inn

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The Bespoke Inn Flagstaff combines historic charm and modern amenities. Once known as the Inn at 410, this 1894 Flagstaff home has been fully renovated. At its ideal location in downtown Flagstaff, guests can enjoy luxurious amenities, private bathrooms, cozy fireplaces and private parking. 

Little America Flagstaff

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Little America Flagstaff is located at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. Guests have 247 guestrooms available, and they can take advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious baths and dressing areas. Little America Flagstaff offers many amenities including an outdoor pool and hot tub, restaurant and bar, fitness and business center, kids’s playground and access to a nature trail. 

Where to Eat & Drink

Annex Cocktail Lounge 

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Sister restaurant of Tinderbox Kitchen, the Annex Cocktail Lounge is a craft-style cocktail bar on the south side of downtown Flagstaff. With similar menu items as Tinderbox, the lounge is the perfect place to wait for your table or have a quick bite. Annex often features live music for guests to enjoy on the patio. 


Photo: Atria

Located in Flagstaff’s historic downtown district, Atria serves an ever-changing menu of modern American cuisine, craft cocktails and more. Led by the James Beard-nominated Chef Rochelle Daniel, the restaurant features seasonal menus with the finest seafood, steaks, house-made pasta and other locally-grown bites. Atria’s mission is simple: “Serve delicious, straightforward food that showcases the wide variety of farm-fresh foods grown across Northern Arizona.” Guests are invited to visit the restaurant for dinner Tuesdays–Saturdays. 


Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar serves seasonal, farm-focused, contemporary American cuisine with a dedication to sustainability and conservation. With an ever-changing, seasonal menu, Brix offers locally sourced, casual fine dining in a historic downtown brick carriage house. Patio dining is available seasonally, and private event space is available year- round. Dinner five nights a week from 5 p.m.

Fat Olives 

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As the first certified Vera Pizza Napoletana restaurant in Northern Arizona, Fat Olives offers authentic thin-crust, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza using imported Italian ingredients. In addition to pizza, the menu features a variety of pasta dishes and appetizers. Located in Flagstaff, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. 


Photo: Tinderbox Kitchen

Tinderbox Kitchen offers modern American fine dining with exceptional cuisine and world-class hospitality. Staff guide guests through Chef Joseph Elde Wickham’s menu, and sommeliers assist in selecting the perfect bottle of wine. Every day, dinner guests can enjoy signature dishes, such as pineapple pork belly and ponzu brined chicken, or opt for a five-course tasting menu, with dishes updated seasonally. 


Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

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Flagstaff Extreme (FLG X) is a treetop adventure and zipline course nestled in the Ponderosa Pines at Ft. Tuthill County Park. FLG X offers five adventure courses with over 80 obstacles and three zipline courses with over 30 ziplines as long as 600 feet for ages 12 and older! Offerings also include a Kids Adventure Course for ages 7–11.

Lowell Observatory Star Parties

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Lowell Observatory Star Party is a stargazing experience that will show Flagstaff’s dark skies like guests have never seen them before. Lowell educators use portable telescopes and powerful lasers to show you objects like galaxies, star clusters, binary stars and laser-guided constellation tours. These parties can be booked every month except July for a variety of occasions and gatherings, such as weddings and conferences.

Summer Scenic Gondola 

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Escape to Arizona’s high country this summer and travel to 11,500 feet with a scenic ride on the Arizona Gondola! The Arizona Gondola shuttles you up to the state’s highest lift-served point in the heart of the San Francisco Peaks. While on your gondola ride, experience the crisp mountain air of northern Arizona and breathtaking views stretching from the Grand Canyon to Sedona. Extend your mountain adventure before or after your scenic gondola ride with family-friendly summer activities, including a bungee trampoline, rock wall, summer tubing hill, treasure panning, an 18-hole disc golf course and more. 

The Arboretum

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff specializes in increasing awareness appreciation and conservation of plants native to the Colorado Plateau. At The Arboretum, guests can see historic buildings, gardens and greenhouses as well as stroll along woodland trails that are both family and pet-friendly. The Arboretum also hosts a number of special events, concerts, plant sales and more. The grounds are open seasonally, and visitors can check the online calendar for special seasonal events.

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