"Flag" (as it's called locally) is the largest population center north of Phoenix, home of Northern Arizona University and gateway for many of the state's northern travel attractions.
At 6,970 ft/2,125 m, Flagstaff's climate is very different from that found in the desert commonly associated with Arizona. You may need a sweater even in the summer, and in winter it can be bitterly cold and snowy. Enough snow falls for skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl, and the sunset views from the Snowbowl are terrific any time of year.
Flagstaff's downtown historic district has refurbished late-Victorian and art-deco architecture that’s fun to admire during an afternoon sightseeing stroll.
Arizona chefs are famous for their southwestern cuisine, a regional combination of Mexican spices, mesquite flame-broiling and savory sauces. Most good restaurants serve at least a few southwestern-influenced choices, and you'd be foolish to pass them up. The inventive salsas are often very good.
Hearty helpings of beef are found in the locally owned steak houses. Of course, Arizona cooks up some of the best Mexican food in the country, with the fried chimichanga being a local favorite. (However, beware of the tiny red "tomato" on your Mexican topopo salad: It's a chilipino, an excruciatingly hot chili pepper.)
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