Hotel at a Glance: Country Inn & Suites Flagstaff
Whether you’re interested in learning about history, shopping, or enjoying the outdoors, the Country Inn & Suites Flagstaff is a great home base for your vacation. The hotel is located just off of iconic Route 66 and 4 miles from downtown Flagstaff. It’s also 16 miles from the Arizona Snowbowl, whose skiing and snowboarding slopes average 260 inches of snow per year.
- Rest up in a guest room with a microwave, a refrigerator, and free WiFi.
- Your free breakfast includes eggs, waffles, yogurt, juice, and coffee.
- Take a dip in the indoor hot tub and heated saltwater pool.
- Get a workout: The onsite fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills.
- Recent award: 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
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.