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Flagstaff for Christmas 2012

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Flagstaff for Christmas 2012

What is there to do and see during winter? We will be 4 adults traveling with a rental car for the week.

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1. Re: Flagstaff for Christmas 2012

Well, there could be snow! It's not guaranteed, but when it comes, it's beautiful and you can downhill (Arizona Snowbowl) or cross-country (Flagstaff Nordic Center) ski. There is also snowplay in the forest and a small-town New Year's Eve celebration that's a hoot. (events.frommers.com/sisp/index.htm…)

Downtown Flagstaff is always fun. Bundle up and walk around enjoying the charm and variety of restaurants. Heritage Square will be decorated for the holiday along with all the lampposts, in traditional small-town style.

Riordan Mansion (http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RIMA/index.html) is decorated for the holiday, so it's an extra-special time for a tour.

There is a special exhibit that is put out every year during the holidays at the Flagstaff Pioneer Museum called "Playthings of the Past" which is kind of fun to poke around for an hour or so (the museum is housed in the old hospital, and is not large). arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/flagsta…

Other than that, the Museum of Northern Arizona http://www.musnaz.org/

just north of town is always a good bet, as well as Lowell Observatory (www.lowell.edu) where you can learn about astronomy and brave the cold for some night-sky viewing if you'd like.

If you haven't been to this part of the country before, consider at least a day trip, weather permitting, to the Grand Canyon (about 90 minutes drive), Sedona (about 45 minutes drive) and possibly east towards Petrified Forest National Monument and Winslow, AZ where you could stop for lunch at La Posada, a historic Harvey Hotel from the old railroad days that's been lovingly restored to its former glory.

You may find this link helpful, as well: http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/

Edited to add:

Almost forgot - when you get into town, pick up a copy of the Flagstaff Live! which is a free weekly publication. It's available on stands in a lot of restaurants and you might see it at the front of grocery stores or sitting out in hotels, etc. as well. They list local happenings in depth as well as a calendar of events and art & entertainment stories. You can also view a version online: www.flaglive.com

Edited: 14 April 2012, 02:21
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2. Re: Flagstaff for Christmas 2012

Arizona snowbowl will be going. Beautiful up on the San Francisco peaks, if you take a private snowboarding lesson ask for Chris he is fantastic :) The dowtown historic area is awesome!! The Monte Vista and Weathorford are both very old hotels and supposedly haunted. If you need a big bathroom though don't stay there. The dowtown pubs and eateries are great. Much friendlier town then here in Phoenix. Strangers will actually talk to you!! Whoa. Sedona and the Grand Canyon are also very close.

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