Sleep. Highland Country Inn. $60 + tax = $65. Motel with no character, but clean and affordable for the night. Located within walking distance of NAU and Downtown Flagstaff. See my yelp review (HERE) for a more detailed list of amenities.
Do. Lowell Observatory is open til 10pm and offers a $7 rate for students and AAA members. We drove up to check it out, but didn’t end up paying the admission. Having been to the Griffith Observatory for FREE so many times, the $7 Lowell Observatory looked kind of unimpressive. Yelp reviews are pretty positive, so maybe I missed out. In any case, we caught some pretty views of the city.
Eat. On the first night we had dinner at Beaver Street Brewery in Downtown Flagstaff, which sounded local and tasty. They specialize in wood fired pizzas (look at that open kitchen!) and hand crafted beers – is there anything that sounds more heavenly after spending the day driving 450 miles? I don’t even typically favor thin crust pizza, but this one was great! You can see what we ordered and check out my full yelp review (HERE).
Eat. The next day, we went to the Grand Canyon, but returned to Downtown Flagstaff to grab an early dinner at Diablo Burger. Seating issues aside, this place is pretty fantastic and about as local as it gets. The beef is grass-fed, so it tastes incredibly fresh. Every burger is cooked medium-rare and served with these amazing rosemary fries. Water and condiments are given to you picnic style. You can check out my yelp review for more details on the seating (HERE).
A few gratuitous photos of us wandering around Downtown Flagstaff – it really is a neat college town! Little alleyways, exposed brick, murals and the like. A wonderful start to our i-40 roadtrip to Virginia!
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