Museum of Northern Arizona#8 in Best Things To Do in Flagstaff
The Museum of Northern Arizona is an homage to the culture and nature of Northern Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Founded in 1928, the museum has permanent exhibits that range from the contemporary art of the Hopi Tribe to a gallery that delves into the geologic features of the 130,000 square miles that form the Colorado Plateau. A handful of temporary exhibits also pass through the museum.
Travelers say that the museum packs in a lot of exhibits and rich information for such a small space. Some visitors suggest visiting this museum before heading to the cache of national monuments, such as the Wupatki National Monument or even the Grand Canyon, since it gives such an expansive history of the area's ancient people and geology.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is located about 3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff. It welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission to the museum costs $12; admission for kids, students and American Indians is $8; and children younger than 10 get in for free. For more information, visit the Museum of Northern Arizona's website.
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#1 Historic Downtown and Railroad District
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.
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