Flagstaff: A Weekend Getaway to Beat the Heat

Flagstaff is a launch point to Humphrey’s Peak, tallest in Arizona at 12,633 feet, historic monuments and many other destinations. Or you can just relax in the Old West feel of Heritage Square. Photos by Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher

Located at the base of the San Francisco Mountains, fun and outdoor adventure is what Flagstaff is all about. Lodging is affordable and fine dining awaits after a day of golfing, fishing, shopping or outdoor exploring. Northern Arizona University provides theater and musical entertainment. Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the national monuments of Sunset Crater, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon are all nearby. Conquering the trail to the summit of Humphreys Peak allows one to forever proclaim, “I stood on top of Arizona!”

Drive Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Average June Temps High 79°/Low 42°
Info www.flagstaffarizona.org

Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered, offers daily and nightly observing opportunities and tours.
Wupatki National Monument, a short drive from Flagstaff, is nestled between the Painted Desert and the ponderosa highlands.
Native people lived in and along the walls of what is now Walnut Canyon National Monument, near Flagstaff. The hike down into the canyon is only moderately difficult and definitely rewarding.
Heritage Square

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Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher
Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher are retired Arizona public school educators who brought their wealth of Arizona knowledge to the In&Out Publications team in 2007. Together they have been teaching and writing about the state since the 1970s. The Buschers co-authored an Arizona history program titled “Ali-Shonak: The Story of Arizona,” which is still used in many of the 4th grade classrooms in Anthem and around the state. The Arizona history portion of this program is available in the iTunes bookstore under the title “Arizona: The Grand Adventure.” The Buschers are also authors of “Historic Photos of Arizona,” available at local bookstores.
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Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher

Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher are retired Arizona public school educators who brought their wealth of Arizona knowledge to the In&Out Publications team in 2007. Together they have been teaching and writing about the state since the 1970s. The Buschers co-authored an Arizona history program titled “Ali-Shonak: The Story of Arizona,” which is still used in many of the 4th grade classrooms in Anthem and around the state. The Arizona history portion of this program is available in the iTunes bookstore under the title “Arizona: The Grand Adventure.” The Buschers are also authors of “Historic Photos of Arizona,” available at local bookstores.

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