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When it comes to outdoor towns, Flagstaff wins Best in Show. Hiking and biking lure adventurers in summer while skiing keeps ‘em breathless in winter. Add in the historic downtown, Route 66 charm and a bustling ale trail, and you’ll almost forget about the Grand Canyon, just 80 miles north.
Downtown is packed tight with tasty breakfast joints, Mother Road-era buildings and a few haunted hotels. For coffee, everybody loves come-as-you-are Macy’s, a vegetarian spot where the long line moves quickly. Just north, the Museum of Northern Arizona spotlights the people and geography of the Colorado Plateau. At night, starry skies are the showstopper, best appreciated from the hilltop Lowell Observatory.
Let’s circle back to that ale trail. Officially known as the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail, it swings past five downtown microbreweries. Don’t want to walk? Hop aboard the Alpine Pedaler - a 14-seat party bicycle - and pedal your way to a pint or two. Get your end-of-trip kicks on Route 66 at the Museum Club, a rocking, live-music roadhouse.