Flagstaff Arizona is City Worth Visiting

If you are looking got things to do in Arizona, head to Flagstaff. The city sits at an elevation of roughly 7,000 feet. A first stop in exploring Flagstaff Arizone is the Arboretum. The Arboretum helps visitors understand the unique environment of the High Southwest. Guests may explore eight acres of gardens and natural habitats with over 2,500 plant species representing everything from high desert to alpine tundra. Facilities include a visitors' center, a horticultural center and an amphitheater. Display areas include a pond, constructed wetlands, an herb garden, wildflower meadows and a pollinator garden where it is possible to see butterflies and bees in season. There are also .25-miles of trails within the main area of the Arboretum and a one mile loop nature trail that extends around the perimeter of the area.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff has picnic tables, restrooms, a gift shop and events scheduled throughout the year. Persons with limited mobility may ride in a golf cart during the guided tour. Please inform the Visitor Center staff prior to the tour. No pets or smoking are allowed on the grounds.

For the next stop in your journey through Flagstaff, visit the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park.

The Riordan Mansion was built in 1904 by Tim and Mike Riordan, two Flagstaff businessmen who owned the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company. The Riordan Mansion is two separate homes connected by a common area known as the cabin room. The building is an example of Arts and Crafts architecture featuring log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches and hand-split wooden shingles.

The home has forty rooms, totaling over 13,000 square-feet of living area. The interior of the home is reserved for guided tours only. Tours are included in the admission cost to the park and are given on the hour, beginning one half hour after the park opens. The tour winds through the excellently preserved historical mansion which is filled with original belongings and handcrafted furniture of the Riordan family.

Visitors to Riordan Mansion State Historic Park can take advantage of picnic tables, restrooms and a small gift shop. I also recommend taking a look at the artifacts and displays in the visitor center. Reservations are not required to visit Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, however reservations are recommended on weekends.

After a busy morning at the Arboretum and the Riordan House, head up the mountain to thr Arizona Snowbowl. If the weather permits, you can ride the ski lift to the top of Mt. Humphrey to take in some views.

The Agassiz Lodge Restaurant is at the base of the ski lift, at a whopping 9,500 feet. Signs in the gift shop, restaurant and on almost every available surfaced warned about the altitude. "Altitude affects everyone differently. Please be careful." Additional signs warned against riding the lift if you have heart conditions or are pregnant. The lift takes you up to an elevation of 11,500 feet for panoramic views that extend over 70 miles of scenery, including the Grand Canyon and downtown Flagstaff.

Coming down from Snowbowl, and regaining your breath, your last stop of the afternoon should be the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The Museum of Northern Arizona was established in 1928 by a group of Flagstaff citizens as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. Over its 72 year history in Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications and research projects that serve more than 100,000 people each year.

There are several docents at the Museum, offering to take parties on tours of the museum and remaining on hand to answer any visitor questions. There are also several picnic areas outside the museum and access to a nature trail. Inside, there is a bookstore and a museum shop to pick up further reading or souvenirs.

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