Located at the intersection of I-17 and I-40, it is the largest city in northern Arizona. It is the county seat for Coconino County, the second largest county in the nation (in land area; 12 million acres). Flag is also one of the nations highest cities (7000 feet) and sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona's highest point (12,633 feet). Flagstaff is popular for second homes among Zonies (a.k.a. Arizonans). Flag has long been a major transportation hub. Originally located on the wagon train to California, Flagstaff began in earnest when the railroad came in 1881. The old Route 66 passes through town. The town gets its name from a Pine tree made into a flag pole for the Centennial Celebration in 1876.
The economy relies on tourism, transportation, and education. 16,000 students attend Northern Arizona University, and an additional 58,000 were full time residents in 1997. Some of the attractions listed on the to do list are not in the town proper, but this is where you would stay while visiting them...
Things to Do:
Snowbowl: Some of Arizona's most fun skiing. Even though the actual bowl has been closed for several years now, (should be an embarrassment to the owners that it is closed in my opinion) you can still have a good time skiing the San Francisco Peaks. Open as snow conditions permit, but usually around Thanksgiving.
Lowell Observatory: This place is open to the public, and is where the planet Pluto was discovered in 1930. They have both historic and modern telescopes, but is best if you are into nature and astrology, otherwise not too much of a thrill. Adults $2.50, kids $1.00. Call (520)774-2096.
Meteor Crater: Billed as the worlds largest. The impact point is estimated to have been caused by a meteor weighing millions of tons going at about 45,000 miles per hour. Today, what is left is a hole 570 feet deep, and more than 3 miles in circumference. The museum offers a self guided tour of a display about how the meteorite hit, the devastation it caused, and how it is used today. In example, the site was used as one of the training sites for the Apollo astronauts. Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff, open from 8 am to 5 p.m.. Call (520) 289-2362 for more information.
Sunset Crater National Monument: site of some dormant volcanoes.
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