Spacious Suites in Mountainous Flagstaff
With average high temperatures typically around 80 degrees in the summer, the mountainous city of Flagstaff, Arizona, has become a popular spot for folks escaping the heat of the southern Arizona desert. It doesn’t hurt that the town is an easy day trip away from the Grand Canyon, about 80 miles to the north. Located steps from the Continental Country Club’s golf course, Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff comprises a group of upscale, condo-like buildings set on an expansive green lawn. It’s a welcoming home base whether you’re on your way to the Grand Canyon, heading to nearby national monuments, or exploring Flagstaff’s historic attractions.
The space is designed to feel like home: there’s free laundry onsite and a lavish complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. In each suite, you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen featuring a stovetop, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Windows look out over Coconino National Forest and the nearby golf course, where you can head to play a few rounds. All rooms have living and dining rooms with space to relax and unwind.
Flagstaff, Arizona: Route 66 History and Outdoor Adventures
Immortalized 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 2,000-mile highway that crisscrossed America. Its perpetually sunny skies and warm weather continue to draw travelers today, even though Route 66 was bypassed by other highways in 1985. It’s 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. About one mile east of Flagstaff, you’ll find the Walnut Canyon National Monument, where you can hike the Rim or Island trails while exploring the cliff formations and remnants of the homes of the areas ancient inhabitants.
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 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.
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