5 Fantastic Things to do in Flagstaff, Az. (PHOTOS)

This mountain town makes for awesome family vacations

There are so many fun things to do in Flagstaff, Az., we almost don’t know where to start. But one thing is certain: If you’re up for one of the best family vacations of your life, Flagstaff is your sky-high destination.

Nestled at 6,910-feet, Flagstaff is a place of towering Ponderosa pines, breathtaking desert scapes, and Grand Canyon magic. From Colorado River rafting and hiking, to skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cultural exploration, there’s always something amazing to do in Flagstaff. Keep reading to see what we mean.

Visit the Grand Canyon

This is a Flagstaff must-do. After all, the Grand Canyon is a certified wonder of the world! It’s also located just a short drive away and is considered a “Flagstaff destination.” Tours run pretty much all the time, and many Flagstaff companies offer a ride right from where you’re staying.

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Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park

Explore a Real Pueblo

Wupatki National Monument is a place of magic that’s just a short drive from Flagstaff. On guided tours, you’re allowed to explore a real pueblo that was once home to members of the Anasazi and Sinagua tribes. Imagine experiencing a day in the life of these ancient Native Americans!

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Photo courtesy of Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff, Az.

Check Out an Ancient Volcano

In Flagstaff they call them “craters,” and there are a ton of them. Several companies host incredibly adventurous off-road tours and educational eco tours daily. And, when you stay in Flagstaff, they’re all nearby. A great place to start is Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, located right in Flagstaff. Be sure to check the National Parks fee-free days page before you head out!

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Photo courtesy of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Flagstaff, Az.

Ride the Rapids

Flagstaff is famous for its Colorado-River-rafting opportunities. Excursions are available for every level imaginable. You can brave roaring rapids with an experienced guide or float along for a few hours on a tube. Or, why not try both? Grand Canyon Whitewater Rapids gets great ratings and could be a great place to start.

river rafting on the colorado river

Photo courtesy of Robb Hannawacker

Have Fun in the Snow

If you’re planning a family vacation in winter, you’ll be happy to know that Flagstaff skiing and snowboarding are second to none. Several nearby ski resorts and snow-play areas are open for business every winter. And you can rent any gear you need at one of the area ski rental shops.

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Photo courtesy of Coconino National Forest

Whether you’re planning a family vacation for winter, spring, summer or fall, make sure you book the right Flagstaff lodging. You’ll want to be close to all the fun with plenty of room for everyone. So, before you go, check out our Flagstaff Vacation Rentals page. You’ll find just what you’re looking for.


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6 Fun Family Things to do in Branson, Mo. (PHOTOS)

There’s a reason it’s called “The Live Entertainment Capital of the World!”

You and your family are guaranteed to find all kinds of amazing things to do in Branson, Mo. This beautiful little city in the Ozarks has more than 40 live music theaters, a historic-themed amusement park, lakes and rivers for waterplay, the world’s largest museum attraction, 13 golf courses, and over 100 shops and restaurants… and that’s just the beginning. Keep reading for details and photos that’ll make you want to start planning your trip today.

Watch Incredible Live Shows in Branson

Branson’s famed 76 Country Boulevard is home to some of the most popular live shows in the world. A long-time family favorite is the Sight and Sound Theatre where the Bible’s most epic stories come to life. Through Dec. 29, 2018 visitors can check out the epic onstage adventures of Hebrew hero Samson.

Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson Missouri

Photo courtesy of Sight and Sound Theatre, Branson, Mo.

Or, if a date night is on your mind, Starlite Theatre should definitely be in your plan. This five-story glass atrium venue features live country music, comedy and holiday shows. Something for everyone.

starlite theatre in branson

Photo courtesy of Starlite Theatre, Branson, Mo.

Tour the Titanic

The Titanic Museum in Branson is the world’s largest museum attraction. Visitors experience an interactive tour that is full of surprises. Now through November 2018, the museum is featuring a collection of dresses worn by the women aboard the ship.

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Photo courtesy of Titanic Museum, Branson, Mo.

Ride Roller Coasters Through the Trees

Branson’s most popular theme park, Silver Dollar City, is named “One of America’s Top 10 Parks” by Fodor’s Travel. The 1800s-themed park has more than 40 rides and attractions, live shows and concerts, craftsmen demos all day, 18 award-winning restaurants and more. At Christmastime, Silver Dollar City becomes a winter wonderland illuminated with more than 6.5 million lights.

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Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.

Explore Caves

Branson is right in the middle of the Ozark mountains, which are filled with thousands of incredible natural caves. Cave tours in Branson abound, with dozens of companies offering adventures for all ages and every spelunker—beginner to advanced. One of the best, Marvel Cave, just happens to be inside Silver Dollar City. This eerily fun and fascinating cave was first discovered by the Osage Indians around 1500 AD.

 

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Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.

Hike, Bike & Ride Horses

Branson has over 200 miles of trails on more than 100,000 acres of gorgeous forest land. And it’s all just waiting to be explored. One of the best places to get all of the above off your bucket list is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. It’s a preserve of epic proportions with waterfalls and views (and a few steep trails) that will leave you breathless. They even have tours of ancient burial caves.

horseback riding in branson

Photo courtesy of Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Branson, Mo.

Shop ‘til You Drop

The Landing—located on the shores of Lake Taneycomo next to Historic Downtown Branson—has over 100 shops, all kinds of restaurants, and plenty of Branson-worthy entertainment for the whole family. Visitors love the Landing’s family friendly boardwalk, which runs 1.5 miles along the shores of Lake Taneycomo.

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No matter what you decide to do here, make sure you pick Branson lodging that’s the right fit for your family (and the right location for fun!). Our rentals are ideal for families and located nearby all the best stuff to do. Check out our Branson Vacation Rentals page to learn more!