The Hive is a mainstay on Beaver Street. It is where locals come for the loud music and strong drinks. The venue functions as a gallery as well. Every night there is a different band on stage and if you want to buy some art while you enjoy the sound, all proceeds support local talent. The music varies from punk and pop to rockabilly and thrash metal as well as everything in-between.
Flagstaff's Artist's Gallery is owned and operated by local artisans and for more than a decade this shop has been delighting the cultural community from its scenic location on San Francisco Street. The Gallery specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces including pottery, glass, photography, paintings, jewelry and much more. Quality is the catchword that keeps this vibrant gallery alive; while here, collectors can often meet the makers of these fine crafts in person.
Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan built this 40-room mansion in 1904 to house their massive families. Its architect, Charles Whittlesey, also designed the magnificent El Tovar Hotel located at the Grand Canyon. What's most interesting about the structure is that the two sides are mirror images, with a huge common area in the center, to provide each family with identical private quarters and shared living spaces. The park also includes picnic areas and a visitors center that contains exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier facility for the study and exploration of native people and natural sciences which feature exhibits on the evolving cultures and climate of the area. Ever-changing exhibits cover anthropology, biology, geology and archaeology, as well as a variety of fine arts media. Throughout the year, Native American artists are showcased, and in the spring, an annual exhibition of Zuni, Hopi and Navajo artworks and crafts draw big crowds.
This family-owned business isn't your typical portrait gallery, instead of family photos, Shane Knight shoots landscapes. From the Vermillion Cliffs of Northern Arizona to the farms of Eastern Kentucky, the regions as well as the objects are varied and distinctive. Many of the photos can be printed with cibachrome or silver gelatin. These beautiful landscape pictures will make a great conversation-starting addition to any room.
A heartwarming amalgam of nature and culture, the antiquated Flagstaff Historic Downtown is the soul of Arizona. The inextricable traces of Flagstaff's rich railroad heritage still remain intact at this historic quarter. Having aged seamlessly through centuries, it stands strong as a brimming destination of quirky boutiques, quaint coffee shops and a smattering of historical treasures today. Some of the many historic sites include the 1888 Babbitt Brothers Trading Company building, the 1889 Santa Fe Depot, the Spanish Colonial Hotel Monte Vista and the 1920's Weatherford Hotel. A couple of local spots in and around include Flagstaff Brewing Company and Beaver Street Brewery.
Set against the backdrop of the snowy San Francisco Peaks, bordered by the largest forest of fragrant ponderosa pines in the country, Flagstaff is a scenic retreat. The Walnut Canyon National Monument, with its ancient cliff dwellings, astonishing geological formations and the Wupatki National Monument built by the area's original inhabitants, the ancient Pueblos, offers a fascinating look into another time. Adventure enthusiasts find plenty to do here, and there is everything from extreme sports to hiking and skiing round the year. Home to the Northern Arizona University, the city center has a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of bars and cafes, serving freshly brewed beer along with a shot of youthful energy.
A seasonal guided walking tour of the classic haunted places of Flagstaff is filled with ghostly tales, unexplained phenomenon and spine-tingling tales of Flagstaffs colorful past. Stops along this tour include the Brakeman, Emerson the Ghost, the Balcony Specter, the Old Man in the Basement, the Zane Grey Ballroom, and many more. This is a spooky historic tour sure to thrill young and old, especially during the ghostly Halloween season. Free and open to the public, this volunteer-guided walking tour dedicated to the rich history of Flagstaff's most haunted places is time well spent exploring one of the most haunted cities in Arizona. -Herman Sims
Guests always enjoy the acoustically perfect sounds that emanate at The Orpheum. Whether it's the sound of guitars blaring on stage from a local music act or a screening of The Big Lebowski, a visit here is a treat for the ears. The Orpheum began as an old movie house and it still retains much of its yesteryear charm. It's a small venue, with a seating capacity of 700, every show is an intimate one. Besides movies and music, the space can also hold mini-conventions, poetry readings, theatrical shows, company parties and more events at this popular local landmark.
Downtown Wheeler Park is host to many exciting events, including Chili Cook-Offs and Fajita competitions!
Heritage Square is an outdoor plaza with an amphitheater that holds concerts, plays and other events throughout the year in historic downtown Flagstaff. The Heritage Square Trust maintains this 11,000-sq. ft. plaza and as a benevolent organization it provides free events to the public in what the trust calls the "community's living room." The 1200-seat amphitheater is the centerpiece of the plaza and during the year visitors can always see something new. From the summer concert series with plays and music as diverse as jazz and Celtic rock, its a great place to catch an eclectic performance.