If you are a nature lover or active traveler, you should consider making a stop at Flagstaff, Arizona, on your next US road trip. Flagstaff is a pretty low-key city, so most travelers don’t realize how many things there are to do in the city and how many beautiful natural sites surround this northern Arizona town.
If you want to get the authentic Flagstaff experience, skip the chains and book a stay at any one of the best independent Flagstaff hotels listed below.
Little America Flagstaff
A stay at the Little America Flagstaff lets you enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surrounding 500 acre pine forest. Enjoy hiking and the rugged outdoors during the day, then return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious meal at the Little America Grill, before retiring to one of spacious, luxurious rooms which include flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet, and simple but elegant European decor. There are seven different state parks within an hour of the hotel, so you can’t get enough of the great outdoors here!
Hotel Aspen InnSuites Flagstaff/Grand Canyon
The Hotel Aspen InnSuites Flagstaff provides one of the best values for your money as the room prices are pretty affordable for the area, ranging from $74 to $152 a night. Start every day by waking up on a plush pillow-top mattress, indulging in the hotel’s free breakfast buffet, taking a dip in the outdoor pool, and then stepping out on historic Route 66. Hike and explore the nearby Urban Trail System or San Francisco Peak Mountains.
True to its name, the Budget Inn provides great deals for travelers on a budget, with rooms costing from $64 to $120 a night. The clean, comfortable and modern rooms include Wi-Fi, cable TV, a refrigerator and a microwave. Tourists interested in Flagstaff’s history and sites will love the easy access to Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, which gives an insight into the lumber barons who built the city, and the nearby Lowell Observatory, where you can gaze up at the clear, desert night sky.
If you are looking for a budget, pet-friendly hotel, book a room at Flagstaff’s Canyon Inn. Guests can bring pets for just an extra $10 fee a night, and rooms typically only cost between $50 and $80 to begin with. For that low price, you get a free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a cable TV in each room. Step outside the hotel to explore some of the trendy nearby cafes and restaurants of Flagstaff, or enjoy an evening at the Orpheum Theater. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the Arboretum, with its winding trails lined by beautiful native plants.
Highland Country Inn Hotel
The spacious rooms at the Highland Country Inn Hotel are perfect for traveling families, and this pet-friendly hotel also lets you bring your favorite animal companion along for the trip. Tourists who want to explore the dining scene and museums of Flagstaff will love this independent hotel, as the Pioneer Museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Beaver Street Brewery, and La Ballavia breakfast spot are only a short distance away.
Photo by Brad Mitchell.