7 Fun Things to Do in Flagstaff + RV Living Tips

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Ever since our first trip to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2015, this dog friendly mountain town has become one of our favorite places to visit in the U.S. At 7,000 feet in elevation, Flagstaff is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks offering activities year round for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also a popular destination for overland enthusiasts especially when one of the most popular overland expos is going on.

Although I’ve lost count on how many times we’ve been here, I do update this list of our favorite things to do in Flagstaff along with tips for fellow RV travelers. Hope you enjoy this Arizona mountain town as much as we do!

Our Top 7 Things to Do in Flagstaff

1. View the Night Sky at Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory
Photo Credit: lowell.edu

At the top of our list of things to do in Flagstaff is a visit the Lowell Observatory, also known as “The Home of Pluto”. If you’re going to visit the World’s First International Dark Sky City, a trip to the observatory almost seems like it should be a requirement.

Plan to spend a few hours or longer depending on what events and activities are going on. Check out the Lowell Observatory event’s page for the latest schedule, which also includes virtual events.

2. Take a Stroll Around Buffalo Park

Buffalo Park Flagstaff

Buffalo Park is open year round with a well known urban trail that is part of the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS). The Nate Avery Trail is a 2 mile loop around the park with nice views of the San Francisco Peaks. The last time we were here, we took our dog Leo on the trail with us and enjoyed a crisp morning walk together.

Note: depending on the time of year, water fountains may be turned off at Buffalo Park. As a general rule, we always bring a large bottle of filtered water with us.

3. Enjoy a Cup of Coffee at Macy’s

Macys Coffee House Flagstaff AZ

Flagstaff’s charming Historic Downtown has several local cafes where you can enjoy a delicious hot or cold beverage. The first coffee spot we were introduced to was Macy’s European Coffeehouse on Beaver Street. This local’s favorite also serves a variety of breakfast and lunch favorites including vegetarian options.

Note: metered parking is enforced in this area of Downtown Flagstaff, read the signs to avoid a parking ticket.

4. Sample the Craft Beers in Flagstaff

Mother Road Brewing

Mother Road Brewing draws its name and inspiration from the iconic Route 66, famously dubbed “the mother road” by John Steinbeck in “The Grapes of Wrath.” This historic highway symbolizes freedom and opportunity, values that are deeply ingrained in Mother Road’s mission. Co-founder Michael Marquess, motivated by his love for hospitality, craft beer, and motoring, embarked on a journey that led to the brewery’s creation.

Today, Mother Road Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing distinguished beers and fostering community, embodying the adventurous spirit of Route 66 in every pint. With a commitment to core values and a passion for innovation, Mother Road continues to be a cornerstone of Flagstaff’s vibrant culture.

Since there are quite a few breweries in Flagstaff, if you don’t have time to visit more than a couple during your visit, you can always check out a local beer bar like Hops on Birch. Located in the heart of historic downtown Flagstaff, Hops on Birch connects the community through a shared love of craft beer. They support local breweries, artists, and musicians, showcasing new artists during First Fridays. With 31 rotating taps and more than 50 cans of craft beers and beverages, Hops on Birch offers a selection that includes local breweries along with other Arizona favorites.

5. Climb Up the San Francisco Peaks

Arizona Snowbowl

The mountains in Flagstaff are decorated with tall pines and snowy peaks. The Humphreys Peak is the highest summit at 12,633 feet in elevation. Take a drive up to the San Francisco Peaks and see what trails and views you discover.

6. Grab a Loaf by Village Baker

Village Baker Flagstaff Arizona

We love finding local bakeries whenever we visit a place. Village Baker Flagstaff has a great selection of freshly baked breads that you can purchase from their bakery or at a local grocery store. The 9 grain and honey whole wheat are two of our favorite loafs by Village Baker.

7. Check Out a Popular Attractions Near Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a great base for when you want to explore popular attractions around the area. Some of our favorite things to do near Flagstaff include:

RV Living Tips for Flagstaff, Arizona

For those of you camping in Flagstaff, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Private showers with tub are available at Little America Travel Center. Cost is per use, which means couples can shower together for the same price. Towels, shampoo, bubble bath soap included.
  • Free RV dump at select gas stations in town. Check AllStays for the latest information.
  • There is an Amazon locker at the Whole Foods in Flagstaff where you can send your Amazon orders. For more information, read out post on ways to get mail on the road.
  • Fry’s Automotive is a local auto repair shop that worked on our 2000 F350 truck when we needed service and repairs.
  • There is a laundromat next to Macy’s if you decided to go there for coffee and want to knock laundry off your to-do list.

Where to Camp in Flagstaff

We usually look for free dispersed camping near Flagstaff. The first time we camped in the national forest outside of Flagstaff, we were in a 29′ Class A motorhome and didn’t have any problems.

If you prefer to stay at an established campground or RV park, Allstays is a quick and easy way to find camping options near you along with other helpful information such as RV dumps, low clearance, RV repair shops and more.

Find nearby Harvest Hosts. Members have access to vineyards, farms, museums, breweries and more. Read our Harvest Hosts Review or use our referral link to receive a discount.

Thanks for reading our list of top things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hope you have a great time exploring this Arizona mountain town.

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4 thoughts on “7 Fun Things to Do in Flagstaff + RV Living Tips”

  1. Hi there, we are no longer rv’s but Canadian Snowbirds that normally winter in Maricopa Arizona and also enjoy Flagstaff, but follows Hwy 89A south to Sedona for some beautiful red rock scenery. Looking forward to your next adventure!

  2. Hi guys. Love your input on everything including vacation destinations. Just my husband and I left at home and thinking about getting a Class B Van for vacation and short trips…so we could bring our dog (Lilah). Don’t want a Mercedes (might be too expensive to repair) and need the best gas mileage. We are also looking for a pre-owned since we will not be using it often enough to buy new. Any suggestions?


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