Ever take a glance out your flagstaff hotel or home window, seeing the midnight sky, and been amazed by its enriched clarity, wondering how it could be so translucent. Well, beside its natural woodland environment, Flagstaff has made an extreme effort to preserve its dark skies as it is home to one of our countries more prestige observatories: Lowell Observatory. Founded in 1894, Lowell observatory has made an imprint on astronomical science for more than 100 years- being deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1965 by the United States.
Arizonans who live in Phoenix love to beat the summer heat with a trip to the northern part of the state such as Flagstaff. When summer temperatures are in the triple digits, Flagstaff offers a cool oasis with temps that are 10 to 15 degrees cooler. During summer, hotels in Flagstaff, AZ are busy keeping up with all the in and out-of-state tourists. But Flagstaff is also a popular winter destination thanks to lots of snow.
Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, but even if you've been there, many people still do not appreciate the raw beauty and wonder of this natural spectacle. That's why Imax has teamed up with National Geographic to bring us a once in a lifetime experience; "Grand Canyon" an Imax movie.
Summer with the Stars
School is back in session and summer is drawing to a close, but there's still time to catch the "Summer with the Stars" exhibit at the Lowell Observatory. The exhibit has been running since June and will conclude at the end of this month. Guests recommend the Lowell's 24" Alvan Clark refractors, and for those of you who want to come back in the future, by this time next year the observatory will have a new main attraction, the Discovery Channel Telescope a 4.2-meter telescope rising seven stories above the top of a cinder cone forty miles from Flagstaff. Hope you're not afraid of heights.
I headed for the high country for 4th of July and found some new hotels to try. One of the hotels, was the Marriott Fairfield Inn.