Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona (Todd Brenneman/Arizona Office of Tourism)

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What to do in Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a good base for daytrips exploring the Grand Canyon and Navajo cultural heritage, but the city’s most convenient outdoors pursuits are just a quick walk or bike ride away. Sitting in the shadow of the 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks, and surrounded by the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pine, Flagstaff is the doorstep to millions of acres of public lands. Start with the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, with more than 50 miles of multi-use paths that wind through canyons, washes, and meadows. Just outside of town, the Coconino National Forest has alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, and mountain-biking and hiking trails—including one up 12,633-foot Mt. Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona. For après, visit the stone-hewn Hotel Weatherford, built in 1897—and once the watering hole for western novelist Zane Gray.

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