Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Pony Soldier Inn & Suites
Best Western Pony Soldier Inn & Suites provides a comfortable home base for exploring Flagstaff and the surrounding mountains. Located just off Interstate 40 and within a few minutes of the Lowell Observatory and a popular ski resort, this updated hotel offers spacious rooms, a free full breakfast, and an indoor pool.
- 4 miles from Lowell Observatory and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
- Grand Canyon National Park: Less than 80 miles away along the scenic US-89 and AZ-64 roadways
- Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort is just 15 miles away.
- Complimentary hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and pastries.
- Take a dip in the spacious enclosed pool or hot tub.
- Dining options nearby: A Route 66 diner as well as Italian and Chinese restaurants are all within walking distance.
Flagstaff, Arizona: Route 66 History and Outdoor Adventures
Mentioned in Nat King Cole’s song “Route 66,” the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff was once a popular pit stop for those driving along the 2,400-mile highway. The town’s sunny skies and warm weather continue to draw travelers today, even though Route 66 was bypassed by other highways in 1985. Flagstaff is also just a 90-minute drive from the Grand Canyon.
The city’s natural beauty is a major attraction, as well—there are more than 50 miles of trails for cyclists, hikers, and joggers and more than 650 acres of city parks. Bike lovers are in luck—Flagstaff is a hub for mountain biking and road cycling due to the area’s varying natural terrain and high elevation. East of Flagstaff, you’ll find the Walnut Canyon National Monument, where you can hike the Rim or Island trails while exploring cliff formations and remnants of dwellings once inhabited by indigenous peoples.
Flagstaff’s elevation and clear night skies made it the perfect location for the now-famous Lowell Observatory, which was selected by Time magazine as one of the World’s 100 Most Important Places in 2011. Pluto was discovered from the observatory in 1930, and space research continues there today. The site is open to the public for guided daytime tours.