Historic Downtown and Railroad District

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1 Historic Rte 66

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Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Built along the railroad track – and what would become Route 66 – the Historic Downtown and Railroad District is a pedestrian-friendly area filled with historic 1900s-era buildings that have been converted to shops, restaurants, galleries, breweries and other watering holes. The district also plays hosts to regular events like a farmers market, a monthly art walk, movie nights and more.

Recent visitors heartily recommended sauntering around Flagstaff's Historic Downtown and Railroad District, citing friendly locals, open-air music and countless places to eat, drink and shop. Others also enjoyed the historical signposts, buildings and railroad station. Still, some complained that the college students made the area a bit too lively at night. 

For more information, check out this map provided by the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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