Experiencing Flagstaff's Top Seven Self-Guided Tours – Flagstaff Business News

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Are you curious about Flagstaff’s public art? How about Route 66 or Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy? Interested in haunted history or historic downtown? Did you know there is a Green Book historic walking tour? And, ale aficionados will absolutely love the Flagstaff Brewery Trail! You don’t need to go far to experience these extraordinary tours because they are all located right here in your hometown. You will enjoy every step with the freedom to go at your own pace. Discover Flagstaff offers free self-guided tours that showcase Flagstaff’s unique history and character. Get started and download the free self-guided tours at discoverflagstaff.com or stop by the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 E. Rt. 66) for the tour maps, brochures and helpful suggestions.
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Also known as “The Mother Road,” Route 66 continues to bisect Flagstaff today, and the nostalgic road is lined with relics from the route’s heyday. Traveling along the original alignment through the redeveloped Southside Historic District, this self-guided tour begins at the Historic Train Station, passing by classic drive-in motels and landmarks of old.
You might recognize the voice of “Cheers” star Ted Danson, welcoming you to Flagstaff when you dial in to the audio tour. Danson spent his formative years in this mountain town while his father served as director of the Museum of Northern Arizona. The tour, narrated by local author Rose Houk, takes about an hour to complete and winds up at the corner of Mike’s Pike and Milton Road. Bring your friends and family, smartphones and earbuds, and start walking. Earbuds or headphones for your phone can be purchased at the Flagstaff Visitor Center and will heighten your experience. Use your mobile phone to dial and listen to a recorded history at each of 10 locations. This tour is a great way to celebrate Route 66 turning 95 years old! Recorded tour: 928-218-2926
For nearly 30 years, multiple editions of the “Traveler’s Green Book” provided African Americans with advice on safe places to eat and sleep when they traveled during the Jim Crow-era. Experience a self-guided tour of Green Book listings around Flagstaff on foot, bike or by car. The tour takes approximately 90 minutes as a walking tour and 30 minutes by car. For convenience, it is recommended to start at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 E. Route 66).
With more than a century of haunted history and ghostly legends about bank robbers, ladies of the night, eccentric hotel guests and unfortunate lovers, Flagstaff has earned the reputation as one of Arizona’s most haunted cities. Stroll through Flagstaff’s paranormal past on this self-guided tour. Guided tours also offered seasonally.
The Flagstaff Brewery Trail is your self-guided beer tasting adventure. Flagstaff’s eight local breweries have something for everyone’s craft brew palate, from distinctive IPAs and light-hearted Sessions to limited-edition brews and Kölsch-style ales. Grab a free Brewery Trail Passport and start exploring the wild creativity responsible for Flagstaff being recognized as Arizona’s Leading Craft Beer City. Bring your completed passport to the Flagstaff Visitor Center to receive a free commemorative pint beer glass! craftbeerflg.com
Meander through historic 1900s era downtown Flagstaff, reveling in stories about the lynching of outlaws, fires that destroyed entire blocks, friendly saloon owners and other colorful characters, plus fascinating historic facts that are revealed on this self-guided tour. Guided tours also offered seasonally at the Flagstaff Visitor Center.
Flagstaff has a growing and varied selection of original public artwork, including murals, three-dimensional and interactive pieces, mosaics and photo exhibits. Much of the artwork was inspired by the natural surroundings and local culture of Northern Arizona, often reflecting the rich heritage of the area.
Every Apollo astronaut who walked on the Moon, from Neil Armstrong to Gene Cernan, trained in Flagstaff. This self-guided tour allows you to walk in their footsteps by visiting locations where astronaut science training, lunar rover field testing and lunar mapping occurred during NASA’s Apollo Moon missions of the 1960s-1970s. Have your Lunar Landmarks Trail Map & Passport stamped at three of the six stops to receive a free Lunar Legacy souvenir at the Flagstaff Visitor Center.
Please stay, play, distance and mask responsibly. DiscoverFlagstaff.com. FBN
By Meg Roederer
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