Every good vacation these days includes a fair amount of selfie taking, right? No need to search for the best place to stand for your selfie with Flagstaff’s iconic scenery, the Flagstaff Selfie Trail will point you to the perfect spot. The Flagstaff CVB has provided a map with directions to one-of-a-kind selfie spots throughout the city and placed ground medallions at each location. Experience the neon of Route 66, the architecture of historic downtown and the seasonal favorites of the surrounding area. Capture memories of your visit to these iconic locations with a selfie. #Flagstaffselfie. Download a printable pdf here.
1. Flagstaff Visitor Center
Historic Train Station
The historic train station, built in 1926, was formally the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad depot. Today it doubles as the Amtrak station and Flagstaff Visitor Center where travelers can find information about the area, purchase souvenirs and get insider travel tips.
2. Hotel Monte Vista
Built in 1926, the Hotel Monte Vista is one of Flagstaff’s premier historic hotels playing host to visitors from around the world. Celebrities like John Wayne, Anthony Hopkins and Bing Crosby have stayed in this iconic hotel. John Wayne claims to have seen the Phantom Bellboy, one of many hotel guests who never checked out. (Across the street under the Flagstaff clock on the southwest corner.)
3. Coconino County
- 200 N. San Francisco St.·
- (Northeast corner of Birch Ave. and San Francisco St., near the telephone booth.)
The Coconino County Courthouse was built in 1894 after the creation of Coconino County in 1891. The original sandstone brick courthouse still stands; however, from 1956 to 1979 modern additions were added creating the larger building seen today. The courthouse is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Flagstaff.
In 1900 the Weatherford Hotel opened its doors to the public. Built and founded by John Weatherford, the hotel has become one of Flagstaff’s most iconic buildings. With four distinct bar areas and one restaurant it is a great place to enjoy a meal and listen to music.
5. Orpheum Theater
The Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff’s first movie house, opened in 1917 after the original building on this sight collapsed during a heavy snowfall in 1915. It showed movies until the late 1990s but in 2002 the theater was renovated to be used as a concert and performing arts venue, where you can still catch the occasional movie screening.
6. Motel Dubeau
Classic Route 66 Hotel
This corner was on the original 1920s alignment of Route 66, which is why Mr. A. E. DuBeau found it to be the perfect spot to build his “Motel Inn” in 1929. The property was designed for the “better class of motorist” and featured in-room baths and heated garages.
7. Granny’s Closet
This location, originally the Lumberjack Café, was once guarded by a 40 foot tall fiberglass lumberjack. The statue was the first of many like it called “Muffler Men” which were used as quirky roadside advertising. Today the original Lumberjack has been moved to the Northern Arizona University Skydome.
8. Northern Arizona University
Old Main Building
Old Main was the first building constructed for the Northern Arizona Normal School which opened its doors in 1899 to 23 students. Eventually changing its name to Northern Arizona University, the University now serves 25,000 students at 30 statewide locations.
9. Galaxy Diner
Swing into the 1950s at the Galaxy Diner on Historic Route 66 and take a journey back in time as you saddle up to the soda fountain counter for a milkshake and fries. Catch swing dancing on Saturdays, the classic cars on Friday or just enjoy the throwback Route 66 diner experience.
10. Lowell Observatory
In 1894 Percival Lowell founded the Lowell Observatory. Originally established to study mars, the observatory has contributed to the scientific community in a multitude of ways. Most noted and recognized is that Lowell Observatory is home to the discovery of Pluto and the expanding universe.
11. The Museum of Northern Arizona
The 200-acre Museum of Northern Arizona is home to research labs, collection facilities and an exhibition building. Designed to preserve, interpret and study the cultures and natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau, the Museum educates guest on the traditions and cultures of Southwestern Native people.
12. The Museum Club
The Museum Club was built in 1931 by taxidermist, Dean Eldredge. Nicknamed “The Zoo,” travelers along Route 66 would stop to see the stuffed animals, Native artifacts and Winchester rifles. Today The Museum Club is home to rising country music stars and the new sounds of Nashville. The club operates as a restaurant, bar, concert venue and country dance club.