Flagstaff derived its name from a flag-raising ceremony held on the Fourth of July in 1876. Boston travelers chose a tall pine, trimmed its branches from the bottom up and attached a flag to the top in of observance of the nation’s centennial. Flagstaff’s early development was associated with the railroad, lumber and livestock industries. Northern Arizona University (NAU), which calls Flagstaff home, was founded as the Northern Arizona Normal School at Flagstaff in 1899. Snow in the winter means awesome skiing and snow sports at Snowbowl. Summer you can mountain bike, hike or just take the ski lifts to the top.

Blue and Orange color swirls around in the clouds at sunset over Flagstaff Arizona