Easy come, easy going. Vacation time is easy to enjoy when you head for Flagstaff, Arizona’s premier mountain town. When you take off for a retreat in Flagstaff, all you have to do is get here and the rest of the vacation will take care of itself.

Flagstaff is a hub of activity, where you can choose many activities and events to enjoy, or use the town as your base to explore the iconic landscapes and affordable attractions throughout all of Northern Arizona. With an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless outdoor adventure, Flagstaff is exactly the getaway you need.

Plenty of Summer Entertainment

ArtWalk_Heritage Square_FlagstaffCVB-framed.jpgRegardless of your reason to visit, you will always find a great deal of activities to take part in. Take time to enjoy annual summer events, such as free Concerts in the Park, the Pine Country Pro Rodeo, the Fourth of July Parade, outdoor concerts at the beautiful Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park or stargazing during Lowell Observatory’s evening programs. 

Join locals and fellow travelers every summer weekend in historic downtown’s Heritage Square for free family-friendly entertainment under the clear mountain sky. Each Wednesday through Sunday the heart of Flagstaff will be alive with Movies on the Square, ArtWalks, live performances and children’s activities. 

High Country Adventure in the Cool Outdoors

Flagstaff Extreme2_FlagstaffCVB-framed.jpgAt 7,000 feet, surrounded by Ponderosa pine forest, high country recreation activities await. Experience thrills high in the pines by visiting the locals’ favorite outdoor attraction: Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. It’s Arizona’s only suspended obstacle course, with more than 70 aerial challenges for children and adults. 

Looking to horse around without having to do all the hard work? A trail ride on horseback through the Coconino National Forest with Hitchin’ Post Stables or Morrison Brothers Windmill Ranch is the perfect low-impact activity. 

For the adventurous, hike or bike miles of lush forest trails, climb to the summit of Arizona’s tallest peak or play a round of disc golf. If you don’t have your own gear, don’t worry. There are plenty of rentals and outdoor shops throughout town to assist you with everything needed to enjoy your time.

Experience Historic Downtown

Pleasant warm summer days give way to cool evenings – perfect for those who like to enjoy locally owned shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants in the town’s historic heart. Downtown Flagstaff offers an eclectic mix of ethnic eateries, fast-casual fare, brew pubs and fine dining to suit all palates. 

Thirsty? Then stroll the Flagstaff Ale Trail, a one-mile route connecting you to a craft-brewery tasting adventure, or hop on the Alpine Pedaler to experience local watering holes via the original human-powered pub crawl on wheels. 

Itinerary Planning Made Easy

Upon arrival in Flagstaff, your first stop should be the Flagstaff Visitor Center, open Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you will get insider travel tips, itinerary ideas and details on local attractions. 

Visitors continuing on to Grand Canyon National Park – just 80 miles from Flagstaff – can purchase a park entrance pass from a National Park Service kiosk in the visitor center. Valid for seven days, this pass allows motorists entering the South Rim to use the pre-paid entrance lane, which can reduce wait times during the summer.

In Flagstaff it’s so easy to do a little or do it all. Be warned: going home will be the hardest part of your mountaintop summer getaway.

Visit the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website for a year-round calendar of events and the 2014 visitor guide.

(Brought to you by the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 842-7293, www.flagstaffarizona.org.