Flagstaff, Arizona Professional Review and Guide
"Often called “The City of Seven Wonders,” Flagstaff is approximately two-and-a-half hours north of Phoenix, an easy day trip by Arizona standards. The scenic highway dips through the Verde Valley, climbs over the Mogollon Rim, or “the Rim,” as it’s better known, and ultimately reaches this 7,000-foot-high city.
This is a trip of strong natural contrast: You travel from prickly pears to pines. If you take this drive in winter, you can swim in your heated Phoenix pool in the morning, ski all afternoon in Flagstaff, and return home to Phoenix that night! Today, this city is the seat of Coconino County, second-largest county in the country and home to Northern Arizona University. During ski season, Flagstaff ’s Snow Bowl hums with the whoosh of downhill skiers coursing down Mount Humphreys. Throughout the year, the city is home to a hardy breed of students and outdoor types. If you love plaid flannel shirts, this may be your place. With Flagstaff as your jumping-off point, the whole of northern Arizona opens up, and a wonderland of day trips opens to you."