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Take a Flagstaff, Arizona road trip for history, adventure, and stargazing.

Located at an elevation of 7,000 feet and enveloped by the world's largest Ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff, Arizona was first settled in 1876 and quickly became a booming town for railroad, lumber, and ranching. Today Flagstaff is the perfect getaway destination from Scottsdale. We've put together our favorite recommendations below. 

Begin  your Flagstaff vacation with a visit to the city's stunning historic buildings including the Santa Fe Depot and Church of the Nativity which have been beautifully preserved. After satisfying your inner history buff, head to the great outdoors with a trip to the Native American Ruins at the Wupatki National Monument. The monument was built by the ancient Pueblo People around 500 AD, and is fun to explore, with an easy walk/hike around the perimeter of the ruins.

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Looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping? Visit Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course where daredevils and adventure seekers can opt to climb suspension bridges, navigate obstacle courses and zip lines, or take a ride on an aerial skate board.

As the sun sets over Flagstaff, head to the Lowell Observatory for stargazing and planet-scoping through mega-telescopes including the newly restored Clark Telescope, a refracting telescope commissioned in 1896 by Percival Lowell to study Mars. Take in the beautiful night sky, views are top notch from here. Caution: this might require more than one vacation day.

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