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FLAGSTAFF? NO FAFF.

In the heart of Arizona, just 30 miles apart, Flagstaff and Sedona are the perfect pairing. Each of these desert hotspots has their own distinct personality. Flagstaff combines small-town charm with foodie delights, while Sedona is all about art and culture. Both major in outdoor activities, too, thanks to their surrounding mountains and rock formations – and the Grand Canyon is just a short drive away. So, whatever you’re into, a holiday to Flagstaff and Sedona will never disappoint.

Pierced by the world-famous Route 66, Flagstaff has become a popular choice for those looking to take the road less travelled. You may think, perhaps, that a desert city in Arizona would be a little one-dimensional – but this place is full of surprises. On a Flagstaff holiday, you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from dramatic peaks, sprawling forests, Native American sites and a ski resort. You can get your heart pumping with all sorts of activities and make the most of the city’s fantastic dining scene, which features award-winning restaurants and craft taprooms.

Similarly, Sedona serves up loads of outdoor adventures. There are endless trails here – ideal for hiking and biking – which allow you to explore the surrounding rocks and mountains. You can go walking and canoeing, or enjoy a spot of wine-tasting in a local vineyard. But, above all, a holiday to Sedona allows you to immerse yourself in a glorious art scene. This place is home to dozens of galleries, where you can admire the work of both established and emerging artists. 

Want to see more of Arizona? Extend your trip when you spend a couple of nights at the Grand Canyon, followed by a few days in glittering Las Vegas. Alternatively, you could drive north towards Monument Valley and Utah. However you want to holiday, our Travel Specialists will help you tailor-make your dream getaway.

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Things to do in Flagstaff

Surrounded by desert, mountains and pine-scented forests, Flagstaff is the gateway to San Francisco Peaks. It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering everything from golf and hiking, to mountain-biking and rock-climbing. And, during winter, you can even go skiing or snowboarding at the nearby Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.

You could tackle Arizona’s highest mountain, Humphreys Peak, or go for a stroll through Coconino National Forest. Covering nearly two million acres, it’s the world's largest continuous ponderosa pine forest.

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Make sure you also visit the Wupatki National Monument during your Flagstaff holiday. This desert landscape was once home to thousands of Native Americans, and the remnants of their 800-year-old homes – known as Pueblos – can still be seen today.

And foodies will love Flagstaff. The city has more than 200 restaurants, serving every cuisine you could imagine – think Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Vietnamese and more. If you’re partial to a pint, check out the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, which features nine independent craft breweries. 

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Things to do in Sedona

From wine-tasting to star-gazing, Sedona has lots of things to do. This desert town has a thriving arts scene, great dining options and a variety of activities. Culture-lovers can browse more than 30 galleries and studios, which showcase paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures and more. Plus, on the first Friday of every month, several galleries run an evening event with drinks, nibbles and live music.

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Keen hikers will be in their element here, too. You can discover more than 400 miles of trails in and around Sedona. One of our favourites is the five-mile Baldwin Trail, which leads to Cathedral Rock – an impressive sandstone formation, and one of Arizona’s most-photographed spots.

Just a 20-minute drive from Sedona, Verde Valley should also be on your to-do list. In this picturesque area, you can go on a 4x4 tour across the rust-coloured landscapes, paddle down the Verde River in a canoe or kayak, or take in the views from above in a hot-air balloon. Or, for something more sedate, why not visit one of the valley’s vineyards and sip award-winning wines?

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Daytrips

Oak Creek Canyon is a must-visit during any holiday to Flagstaff and Sedona. This dramatic river gorge slices between the two cities – it’s about five miles north of Sedona, and 25 miles south of Flagstaff. With burnt-orange rocks, tranquil swimming holes, fishing opportunities, and loads of hiking trails, Oak Creek Canyon is a great choice for an easy daytrip.

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But, in these parts, the Grand Canyon is the star of the show. Just 80 miles north of Flagstaff, this vast natural wonder covers nearly 1,900 square miles – so it really needs to be seen to be believed. You could head to the South Rim of the canyon, where you’ll be met by jaw-dropping views. Admire the vistas from Yavapai Point or, if you want to see the canyon from a different angle, why not follow one of the hiking trails? The Rim Trail is ideal for those who fancy an easy stroll, while the 12-mile Bright Angel Trail is much steeper – perfect for hikers who like a challenge.

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Best time to visit

You can enjoy a trip to Flagstaff and Sedona all year round – the best time to go simply depends on how you’d like to spend your holiday. It’s also worth remembering that Sedona is always about 10 degrees hotter than Flagstaff.

Sun-seekers will love Flagstaff in summer, when temperatures remain in the high twenties – ideal for outdoor adventures, like hiking, biking and canoeing. But Sedona is very hot at this time of year, with temperatures regularly reaching 36°C. So, if that’s too warm for you, you might want to consider planning your trip for May or September, when both cities will be a pleasant temperature.

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Winter is a very different story. In Flagstaff, temperatures rarely reach double digits, and the mercury can drop as low as -10°C. There’s usually about two foot of snowfall in January, February and March, which is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Why not hit the slopes at Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort?

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Flagstaff

Things to do in Flagstaff

Surrounded by desert, mountains and pine-scented forests, Flagstaff is the gateway to San Francisco Peaks. It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering everything from golf and hiking, to mountain-biking and rock-climbing. And, during winter, you can even go skiing or snowboarding at the nearby Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.

You could tackle Arizona’s highest mountain, Humphreys Peak, or go for a stroll through Coconino National Forest. Covering nearly two million acres, it’s the world's largest continuous ponderosa pine forest.

Show More
Show Less

Make sure you also visit the Wupatki National Monument during your Flagstaff holiday. This desert landscape was once home to thousands of Native Americans, and the remnants of their 800-year-old homes – known as Pueblos – can still be seen today.

And foodies will love Flagstaff. The city has more than 200 restaurants, serving every cuisine you could imagine – think Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Vietnamese and more. If you’re partial to a pint, check out the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, which features nine independent craft breweries. 

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Show Less

Sedona

Things to do in Sedona

From wine-tasting to star-gazing, Sedona has lots of things to do. This desert town has a thriving arts scene, great dining options and a variety of activities. Culture-lovers can browse more than 30 galleries and studios, which showcase paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures and more. Plus, on the first Friday of every month, several galleries run an evening event with drinks, nibbles and live music.

Show More
Show Less

Keen hikers will be in their element here, too. You can discover more than 400 miles of trails in and around Sedona. One of our favourites is the five-mile Baldwin Trail, which leads to Cathedral Rock – an impressive sandstone formation, and one of Arizona’s most-photographed spots.

Just a 20-minute drive from Sedona, Verde Valley should also be on your to-do list. In this picturesque area, you can go on a 4x4 tour across the rust-coloured landscapes, paddle down the Verde River in a canoe or kayak, or take in the views from above in a hot-air balloon. Or, for something more sedate, why not visit one of the valley’s vineyards and sip award-winning wines?

Show More
Show Less

Daytrips

Daytrips

Oak Creek Canyon is a must-visit during any holiday to Flagstaff and Sedona. This dramatic river gorge slices between the two cities – it’s about five miles north of Sedona, and 25 miles south of Flagstaff. With burnt-orange rocks, tranquil swimming holes, fishing opportunities, and loads of hiking trails, Oak Creek Canyon is a great choice for an easy daytrip.

Show More
Show Less

But, in these parts, the Grand Canyon is the star of the show. Just 80 miles north of Flagstaff, this vast natural wonder covers nearly 1,900 square miles – so it really needs to be seen to be believed. You could head to the South Rim of the canyon, where you’ll be met by jaw-dropping views. Admire the vistas from Yavapai Point or, if you want to see the canyon from a different angle, why not follow one of the hiking trails? The Rim Trail is ideal for those who fancy an easy stroll, while the 12-mile Bright Angel Trail is much steeper – perfect for hikers who like a challenge.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit

You can enjoy a trip to Flagstaff and Sedona all year round – the best time to go simply depends on how you’d like to spend your holiday. It’s also worth remembering that Sedona is always about 10 degrees hotter than Flagstaff.

Sun-seekers will love Flagstaff in summer, when temperatures remain in the high twenties – ideal for outdoor adventures, like hiking, biking and canoeing. But Sedona is very hot at this time of year, with temperatures regularly reaching 36°C. So, if that’s too warm for you, you might want to consider planning your trip for May or September, when both cities will be a pleasant temperature.

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Show Less

Winter is a very different story. In Flagstaff, temperatures rarely reach double digits, and the mercury can drop as low as -10°C. There’s usually about two foot of snowfall in January, February and March, which is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Why not hit the slopes at Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort?

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