Due to its place alongside the historic Route 66, downtown Flagstaff is filled with all sorts of history and charm. Surrounded by miles and miles of nature in every direction, the city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The world famous Grand Canyon is in the neighborhood, and Phoenix, the state's capital and one of the largest cities in the country, is a short drive down the freeway. Flagstaff has been able to really balance the additions of modern day while still retaining the old-school look and feel of its Route 66 past. Plus, there’s a ton of hippies. Awesome.
Downtown has plenty of quirky, hole-in-the-wall shops and stores that really add to the town's flavor. Incense, beads, international furniture—some of the items you'll find may surprise you. Flag is very laid-back and a very easy community to become comfortable living in. If you're a fan of outdoor sports, you are in luck: Snowbowl has a lot of great runs for both snowboarders and skiers. Also, give yourself the opportunity to drive around and see some of the great geologic beauties in the surrounding area. There are tons of fantastic picnic spots and plenty of picture opportunities, so you can send Mom and Dad proof that their money isn't going to waste. Because college students pretty much dominate the population, summertime is really when to explore and see what the area has to offer while everyone is away. Hiking is really nice to do until the snow hits, but there's always snowshoeing, right?