Affordable pasttimes in Northern Arizona.

By Travel + Leisure
February 21, 2012
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Known to locals simply as “Flag,” the 54,000-person community is viewed by most travelers as a point along the way to the Grand Canyon. While it does make a great base for exploring the famed crevice as well as Petrified Forest National Park, Flagstaff’s cultural scene includes both impressive museums and vibrant live-music venues.

Museum of Northern Arizona

The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and artworks from native peoples of the Colorado Plateau. Don’t miss the fascinating skeleton of the Dilophosaurus—a carnivorous dinosaur once native to the area.

Little Thai Kitchen

The simple, flavorful dishes (many of them vegetarian) won’t break the bank

Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge

Catch some live music and people-watching at the divey, always buzzing hotel bar.

Hotel Monte Vista

Flagstaff’s landmark, historic Hotel Monte Vista has 50 warmly decorated, eclectic rooms and suites (along with several reported resident ghosts) in a lively part of downtown.