Cool mountain hikes, star-studded summer nights, and local brews have lured valley residents to Flagstaff for years. But sushi and shopping?
Suddenly Sedona's less stylish sister is turning heads. Town meets country here, and you can easily explore both in a day. While away an hour in a wildflower meadow at the arboretum (a short detour from town along Route 66) and window shop along downtown's bustling sidewalks before an early dinner. Then head to Heritage Square for live music and a movie under that starry, starry sky.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff. WHAT: Twelve native-themed gardens that are at their peak this month, in midmonsoon season. WHEN: 9-5 daily. HOW MUCH: $5, $2 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free. WHERE: 4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.; www.thearb.org or 928/774-1442.