Trip to: Flagstaff, Arizona
Best Thing I Ate: The Señor Smoke burger from Diablo Burger. Located in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, this Arizona native burger joint is a must for burger lovers (veggie-burger lovers, too)! Diablo Burger is known for their gourmet burger styles, frites (beligan-style fries), and branded buns. The Señor Smoke burger has the right combination of spice from the sriracha mayo and creaminess from the avocado. I also enjoyed dipping my frites in the variety of sauces provided. My mouth is watering just from thinking about it!
Best Daytime Activity: Walking around downtown Flagstaff enjoying the live music and art exhibits. Especially coming from a much warmer Phoenix, the refreshing Flagstaff air was a nice treat while enjoying live music on the plaza. The weekend I visited also happened to be a town-wide art festival. Different kinds of artists from across the state and country showcased their pieces in art galleries, store fronts, on the plaza, and in their temporarily open-to-the-public art studios. There are constantly free events such as art exhibits and outdoor movies going on. Explore the side streets as there are monstrous sized murals hidden on the sides of buildings.
Best Night Activity: Lowell Observatory to meet an astronomer and watch a meteor shower. Lowell Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical observatories in the Unites States, dating back to 1894. It was at the Lowel Observatory were Pluto was discovered in 1930. Who knew Pluto was discovered just minutes from downtown Flagstaff! Take part in a daytime guided tour, solar viewing, evening multimedia show and evening telescope viewing.
Best Place to Stay: Hotel Aspen Flagstaff is conveniently located on the Historic Route 66 and is down the street from the main downtown area. The large trees and greenery on the hotel property add a nice touch making it feel like a relaxing hotel in the mountains. The complimentary hot breakfast made for a great start to my long day.
Must-Have/Could Not Have Left Home Without: My camera, a light jacket and good hiking or walking shoes. Whether you are staying in town or venturing off into the surrounding mountains, bring a camera to capture the grand murals or breathtaking views. Comfortable shoes is also a must when doing a lot of walking through downtown or on the hiking trails.
Most Inspiring/Captivating Part: Watching cyclists go up the surrounding mountains of Humphreys Peak. Definitely not an easy trek up!
Best Hiking Spot: Humphreys Peak. The base of Humphreys Peak is less than a 30 minute drive from downtown Flagstaff. No matter the season, the drive up the mountain road is a spectacular one. A great stopping point is Arizona Snowbowl. During the winter months, it is a snow lover’s dream. The rest of the year, you can still take advantage of a snow lift ride and the hiking trails.
Why Travel Here: Because of Flagstaff’s close proximity to local sites like Humphreys Peak, the Grand Canyon and Sedona, it is the perfect city as a gateway to other destinations or for a trip all on its own.