Flagstaff, AZ is relatively well-known, so I’m not sure that I would call it a “hidden-gem” per se, but I do think it tends to get overshadowed by the nearby Grand Canyon and red rocks of Sedona. It’s hiking trails may not compete, but it’s well preserved pueblo ruins and observatory definitely make it worth a stop along an Arizona road trip. Keep reading to find out what to do with a weekend in flagstaff and where to stay while you’re there!
I have a confession to make…. I’m a total city girl. I’ve been “frontcountry” camping once or twice — with a fancy RV and a campground complete with public restrooms and a swimming pool — but visiting Havasu Falls was my first time doing “backcountry” camping. Suffice to say, my mom and I had a lot of preparation we needed to do. Check out my Havasu Falls packing list to see everything we decided to bring, what we wish we would have brought, and what we wish we would have left at home.
Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and, in certain areas, attains a depth of over a mile. Its size as well as it’s various rock formations and colors make it quite the sight to see! Figure which part of the canyon to visit, the best things to do there, and where to stay with this 3 day Grand Canyon itinerary!
Desert View Drive, also referred to as State Route 64, is one of the roads that leads into the central part of the Grand Canyon. It runs right next to the eastern part of the Grand Canyon and offers several spots for you to stop and get spectacular views of the canyon. Check out why Desert View Drive is worth the drive!
Contrary to popular belief, your trip can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be (for the most part). It all depends on what kind of traveler you are. The key is to pay attention to how much you are spending. To ensure that your trip doesn’t end of being more than you can afford, learn how to create a travel budget and stick to it!
I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most exciting parts of planning a trip is figuring out what amazing things my destination has to offer! However, for some that excitement can quickly turn to anxiety as the fear of missing out (FOMO) begins to set in? What if I get home from my trip and discover I missed going to this really amazing once-in-a-lifetime activity or spot in my destination? Check out all of these creative ways to find things to do in your destination so you don’t have to worry about missing out!