Flagstaff is located in the north of Arizona on the Colorado Plateau, at approximately 7,000 feet (2,150 metres) above sea level. On historic Route 66, Flagstaff provides easy access to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Cooler than the south of the state with a varied ecosystems and terrain, Flagstaff is an excellent base for hikers, campers and mountain bikers.
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The Grand Canyon is what most draws people to Flagstaff. The National Park is approximately 75 miles (120 kilometres) to the north, and Flagstaff is one of the most common places that visitors to the park stay.
Other nearby outdoor attractions include:
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Route 66, known as the "Mother Road" was decommissioned years ago, but still remains prominent in the American psyche as an important part of their heritage. Despite the highway no longer officially existing, many areas of the road remain a "historic route", including the stretch that passes through the Flagstaff between Barstow, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. In early September, the city hosts an annual event, Route 66 Days, to highlight its connection to the famous highway.
As a semi-arid highland desert, Flagstaff has mild weather conditions throughout the year. In the summer, the temperatures are up in the high 20 °C, with temperatures in the low-teens and single digits in the winter. Snow does fall during the winter, but with 283 days without precipitation a year, large accumulations of snow are not common.
|Avg Max||5.7 °C||7.4 °C||9.6 °C||14.3 °C||19.7 °C||25.7 °C||27.7 °C||26.3 °C||22.9 °C||17.4 °C||10.6 °C||6.3 °C|
|Avg Min||-9.3 °C||-7.9 °C||-5.9 °C||-2.9 °C||0.7 °C||5.2 °C||10.3 °C||9.4 °C||5.1 °C||-0.6 °C||-5.3 °C||-9 °C|
|Rainfall||51.8 mm||53.1 mm||64.8 mm||37.6 mm||18.3 mm||10.2 mm||70.6 mm||69.8 mm||51.6 mm||40.9 mm||49.5 mm||61 mm|
Air travel is available through Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (IATA: FLG, ICAO: KFLG, FAA LID: FLG), located just south of the city. In general, this is a general aviation airport, but there is some scheduled service from nearby locations, including Phoenix by US Airways Express and Los Angeles via Horizon Air.
The Southwest Chief, operated by Amtrak, travels between Chicago and Los Angeles, stopping en route in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff is located at the northern end of Interstate 17, which runs down to Phoenix. Interstate 40 runs through the city, travelling westbound to Barstow, California and eastbound to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Route 66 runs parallel to I-40.
Bus service is provided by Greyhound, and also by other companies.
Route 66 provides the main east-west route through the city, running parallel to the I-40. Historic Flagstaff can be found between Beaver Street and Agassiz Street, running north from the Route 66 up to Elm Ave, and includes the Santa Fe depot, which now serves as the Amtrak train station.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Local bus service is provided by Mountain Line. Fares are $1.00 per trip, or $3.00 for a daily pass.
|Dubeau Hostel||19 West Phoenix St Flagstaff, AZ 86001||Hostel||-|
|Grand Canyon International Hostel||19 So. San Francisco Street Flagstaff AZ 86001||Hostel||80|
|Rodeway Inn-Downtown||122 W route 66||Hotel||58|
|Travelodge NAU Conference Center/Downtown||990 W. Route 66||Hotel||67|
|Americana Inn-Route 66 Flagstaff||2650 E Route 66||Hotel||-|
|Econo Lodge University||914 S. Milton Rd Flagstaff||Hotel||-|
|Motel 6 Flagstaff||2010 E Butler Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Americas Best Inn||910 S Milton Rd.||Guesthouse||-|
|Howard Johnson Inn Flagstaff||801 W Route 66||HOTEL||67|
|Ramada East - Lucky Lane||2350 E. Lucky Lane||HOTEL||-|
|Rodeway Inn & Suites Flagstaff||2765 S. Woodlands Village Boulevard||HOTEL||-|
Northern Arizona University (NAU) is situated in Flagstaff.
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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