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Flagstaff, AZ, got its start as a lumber, rail and ranching town. Thanks to its proximity to the largest contiguous pine forest in the continental U.S., the highest mountain range in the state, and the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff is a renowned tourism hotspot catering to outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists and those looking for wholesome family entertainment.
Even a history buff’s curiosity will be satiated with a tour of the preserved sites that dot the historic Route 66. “The Mother Road,” which runs right through town, inspired the catchy tune, “Get your Kicks on Route 66,” recorded in the mid-1940s by Nat King Cole. Take a historic walking tour that begins at the Santa Fe Plaza, adjacent to the 1897 train depot. More traditional types of Flagstaff hotel along the way include the Downtowner Motel and DuBeau Motel, which, in its time, was constructed to accommodate a “better class of motorists.”
Visit Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to the Sinagua Indians, to gain insight into the area’s ties to Native American culture. Explore ancient dwellings, located at the base of a cliff with a 240-stair walking path. There, you can tour ruins of homes built into mountainside walls.
Amateur geologists and naturalists will enjoy hiking the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field, one of the state’s youngest, least eroded volcanoes. Join a ranger-guided tour or follow parts of the 36-mile loop that winds its way through a variety of scenery, including well-preserved Wupatki ruins, lava flow and volcanic rock formations from the eruption of Sunset Crater a short 900 years ago.
When you book a room at an IHG hotel in Flagstaff, all of these incredible attractions will be just minutes from your front door. At day’s end, open your door to friendly staff, world class amenities, and a stylish room, available at an affordable price. Book with IHG today.
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