21 Things to Do in Flagstaff to Get 2021 off to a Happier Start

We’re all delighted to turn the page on 2020, and so, here are 21 things to do in Flagstaff to get 2021 off to a happier start. Flagstaff is waiting for you to discover world-renowned adventure and reconnect with friends and family with these fun things to do in Flagstaff.

AS WITH ANY TRAVEL DURING THIS TIME OF COVID, CHECK FOR OPEN TIMES, AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BEFORE YOU GO. IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASSESS THE RISKS AND KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE WHEN TRAVELING.

wide angle view of downtown Flagstaff at dusk with neon lights stop Hotel Monte V an Babbitt Trading Co - best things to do in Flagstaff Arizona
Hanging out in historic downtown is one of the best things to do in Flagstaff Arizona | Discover Flagstaff photo

At 7,000 feet/ 2133.6 meters above sea level, this mountain town waits to greet you whilst also appreciating responsible travel. Flagstaff is teeming with restaurants, craft breweries, unique shops, galleries and fun attractions following stringent health protocols. In Flagstaff, there are plenty of safe things to do during this time. Start planning your trip now with this list of the top 21 things to do in Flagstaff for a happier 2021.

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21 Things to See in Flagstaff AZ

Three-story ruins made of shaped rock reflect the setting sun in a wide open, dry environment
Wupatki ruins are only one of the many Pueblo ruins which you can hike to at Wupatki National Monument

1. Explore Three National Monuments

Experience Flagstaff-area National Monuments: Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki.

2. Enjoy a Local Craft Brew

Carry-out or settle-in with Pie Hole Porter at Historic Brewing Company or Tower Station from Mother Road Brewing.

3. Browse Local Art Galleries

Find one-of-a-kind treasures from  Arizona Handmade Galleries and Fire on the Mountain such as locally crafted blown glass tumblers, vases, Stone Creek designs and Arne scenic mugs.

4. Taste Homemade Goodness

Bring home a dozen decadent pastries, lemon bars or cookies from Tourist Home All Day Café.

Another means of travel Flagstaff - gondola and chairlift above snow covered trees
Artist Rendering of the new Agassiz lift to open at Arizona Snowbowl for 2020-2021 Season | courtesy photo

5. Ride into the Sky

Hop aboard the new Arizona Gondola at Arizona Snowbowl.

6. Partake in Flagstaff’s High Altitude Coffee Culture

Enjoy over two dozen Flagstaff coffee houses. Rub elbows with interesting locals as you sip a rich latte or take home a pound of locally roasted coffee from Firecreek Coffee Company, Late from the Train or Macy’s, Arizona’s first European-style coffee house.

7. Experience the Physiological Benefits of Altitude Training

Train for your next run at high altitude on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) wearing perfectly-fit HOKA running shoes from Run Flagstaff.

8. Paint a Flagstaff Memory

Schedule Board N’ Brush workshops to guide your inner DIY project and thereby create Flagstaff memories to bring back home.

Flight of eight Flagstaff craft beers are in small glasses held in wooden holder. The colors which range from light gold to dark brown and black are back lit by the window where you can see the Flagstaff street
Beer flight by Dark Sky Brewing Company, #8 on the Flagstaff breweries map.

9. Hop on the Ale Trail

Sample award-winning beers and ales on the Flagstaff Brewery Trail and top it off by savoring Native American frybread at the historic Weatherford Hotel.

10. Shop Outdoor Merch Engineered by Flagstaff Outdoorsfolk

To complete your outdoor adventure, pick-up a premium Canyon Cooler (manufactured in Flagstaff) or Teva sandals (invented in Flagstaff) at Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters.

11. Wine About Town

Savor bold flavors on artfully composed small plates served with carefully-selected wines at Shift Kitchen and Bar. Or select a bottle (or two) from the award-winning wine list at FLG Terroir.

12. Shop ‘til You Drop

Shop for room décor, specialty soaps, bath balms and more at P.J. Chilcottage in the Old Town Shops in historic downtown Flagstaff.

Large squash blossom necklace with snow white turquoise lays on colorful woven blanket is sample of Native jewelry one of the hings to see in Flagstaff
Shopping for authentic silver and turquoise jewelry like this Navajo Squash Blossom necklace is one of the things to do in Flagstaff.

13. Discover How to Buy Authentic Native Jewelry

Explore the Museum of Northern Arizona’s robust gift shop for authentic Native American-crafted blankets and beautiful selections of turquoise and silver jewelry. The docents at the gift shop will teach you about buying authentic Native jewelry. While there, wander the museum which celebrates the Colorado Plateau.

14. Step Back in Time for Sweet Memories

Your sweet tooth will be satisfired with the award-winning gourmet candy, truffles, gelato and macaroons at the Sweet Shoppe Candy Store.

15. Sample Local Foods

Devour Salsa Brava’s irresistible house-made Mexican Chocolate Mousse made with hand-harvested Cordillera cacao beans, heavy whipping cream and Kahlua.

silver high tech telescope is pointed out opening of wooden dome in observatory, one of the best things to do in Flagstaff
Lowell Observatory tops the list of Flagstaff things to do | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

16. Explore Flagstaff’s Renowned Dark Skies

Search the universe, study dark skies and stargaze where astronomers discovered Pluto at Lowell Observatory.

17. Nip Irish Coffee

Experience performance and presentation from coffee baristas at the newly opened Irish Coffee Bar in the historic Weatherford Hotel.

18. Warm at Outdoor Fire Pits

Say cheers with adult beverages while enjoying the atmosphere of patio fire pits at Annex Cocktail Lounge and Nomads.

small figure raises arms in applause on far side of Flagstaff cinder crater
UNSTOPPABLE Stacey at Apollo Astronaut Training Grounds, one of the things to do in Flagstaff AZ

19. Check Out Apollo Astronaut Training Sites

Did you know all the astronauts that walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff? Grab a free Flagstaff Lunar Landmarks Passport at the Flagstaff Visitor Center for details, locations and history. 

20. Walk the Flagstaff Route 66 Landmarks

Take a free self-guided “Walk this Talk” tour on Route 66 introduced by actor, and former Flagstaff resident, Ted Danson.

21. Zip Through the Trees with the Greatest of Ease

Zip-line through the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course.

Learn more by visiting discoverflagstaff.com and please stay, play, distance and mask responsibly during your Flagstaff adventure.

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