Smack in the middle of the "Valley of the Sun" this desert metropolis is Arizona's capital and largest city. The city is culturally rich with a host of incredible museums. The Heard Museum is recommended for its in-depth displays on the arts and culture of American Indian tribes. The Boarding School Experience is a tragic and moving museum focusing on American Indian children that were separated from their families by a controversial federal policy. For an overview of the desert's spectacular flora, visit the Desert Botanical Garden.
Just south of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers a gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park, hikes through majestic ponderosa pine forests, and even skiing. The famous Route 66 runs east to west through the city, while Interstate 17 and Interstate 40 also connect it to the north and south. The city has become a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts due to its proximity to so many areas of natural beauty including Walnut Canyon National Monument, Barringer Crater and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
Sedona is surrounded by jaw dropping rock formations, with Cathedral Rock, Devil's Bridge and Soldier's Pass being some of the most remarkable red sandstone structures. The red rocks surround the city and at sunset seem to glow in brilliant reds and oranges. With most tourists visiting for the red rock vistas, Sedona also has an annual 8-day International Film Festival that brings in the crowds along with the renowned Sedona Bluegrass Festival.