Day Trip: Flagstaff, Arizona

Places to Visit

Lowell Observatory
1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Established in 1984 and spanning 4 acres is home to the Clark-Refractor Telescope. This huge, fully functional telescope is a registered national historic landmark. During the tour of the observatory, where you get to experience the history of Lowell’s observatory and their discoveries, you are allowed to touch and manipulate the telescope. During the evenings, they also have viewing where you can look into the night sky through the telescope.

 

Arizona Snowbowl
9300 N Snow Bowl Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Skiing and snowboarding are fun activities but a little too cold for my taste. Luckily, the Flagstaff’s Snowbowl has other things to offer, like their Scenic Chair Lift. The lift is 25 minutes long leaving you at 11,500 feet elevation at the very top. I recommend going during the warmer months, not only so you don’t freeze, but during the spring and fall the scenery changes are visible for miles. Even during the middle of summer, when it is 120 down in Phoenix, it sits around a cool 70-80 degrees on the lift. From the top there are plenty of things to do, learning about the different geology and foliage native to Flagstaff and its history.

 

Meteor Crater
Winslow, AZ 86047

Meteor Crater is located 45 miles from Flagstaff and is completely worth the drive, spanning one mile across and is over 50,000 years old. After you’re done viewing the crater, the interactive discovery center is open for browsing, with 24 exhibits on the crater.  

 

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