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The Grand Canyon International Hostel, in Flagstaff Arizona, is the closest hostel to one of the Seven Wonders of the World; the amazing Grand Canyon!!... More...
On the iconic Route 66 highway, the city of Flagstaff is a fascinating stop-off when you're on a road trip around the USA. With surroundings ranging from snowy mountains to ponderosa pine forests and sun-baked desert, it also makes an excellent base for exploring Arizona's varied landscape. The downtown area is worth checking out too – make sure to set aside some time to admire the 1900s-era architecture.
Some hostels in Flagstaff are set inside the city's historic buildings. You can also opt for a place with a free American breakfast as well as complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day. If you're planning to explore beyond the city, look out for a Flagstaff hostel that organise tours to the area's awe-inspiring national parks. Travelling on public transport? Choose a hostel near the Amtrak and Greyhound bus stations with a free pickup service during the day.
The Historic Downtown and Railroad District is a pedestrianised section of Flagstaff, where you'll find early 20th-century buildings transformed into shops, restaurants and breweries. You could time your visit for interesting events like the farmers' market and monthly art walk. Many other areas of Flagstaff are more suburban, including upscale Forest Highlands. Slightly south of the city are Kachina Village and Mountainaire, rural communities nestled in the forest.
There's lots to do here. Hike around the Wupatki National Monument and visit old Native American villages or explore the cliff dwellings of these indigenous people at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Keen astronomers can take a guided tour of the Lowell Observatory or sign up for stargazing. Because Flagstaff is a dark-sky reserve, light pollution is kept as low as possible – so the stars are astounding. The truly awesome Grand Canyon makes a memorable day trip, and check out the four breweries within the city limits as part of the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail.
The drive to Flagstaff takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and 2 hours and 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Like much of the rest of the southwest USA, the best way to get around Flagstaff and the local area is by car, and you can pick up a rental from either airport. If you're travelling by public transport, Flagstaff has a bus system that can take you from the West Side (downtown) to the East Side.