Flagstaff is a key city along Route 66 and the largest city along the route in northern Arizona. The city is named after a Ponderosa Pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston to commemorate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876. Route 66 was mapped through in 1926 and forever became one with the city.
Humphrey's Peak (elevation 12,633), Arizona's highest point, is only about 10 miles north of Flagstaff. To some extent, Humphrey's Peak has actually been visible for you traveling on Route 66 since before Holbrook – on a clear day anyway. And once you're in Flag, the San Francisco Peaks – home to the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort – are also stunning sights.
Trivia: Flagstaff averages 108.8 inches of snow per year, making it one of the snowiest cities in the United States. It also averages 288 annual days of sunshine, making it one of the sunniest.
Route 66 comes in with U.S. 89 along a busy commercial corridor featuring the Museum Club. Opened in 1931, the Museum Club has a long tradition as an Old West saloon, home to many a show from legendary country and western artists, and a place that holds plenty of stories and legends. Stop in for a beverage, or just to take in the atmosphere.
Downtown Flagstaff is a charming, bustling area filled with narrow streets, classic buildings, and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bars, and historic sites. Despite the downtown scene, Flag was the first city in the United States to pass an ordinance governing outdoor lighting, and was designated an "International Dark-Sky City" by the International Dark Sky Association as recently as 2001.
Flagstaff is also a gateway city to many of Arizona's national parks. Visitors are but a quick drive to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. Even Grand Canyon National Park's eastern rim, which is accessible via U.S. 180, is about an 80-mile drive.
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