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Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon Neighborhoods

Grand Canyon Village
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Grand Canyon Village

This cluster of lodges, cabins and shops traces its history to the 1901 completion of the local Santa Fe Railway, which first brought tourists to the future national park. Sure, outdoorsy types will love the area, but so will architecture buffs: The National Historic Landmark district is brimming with uniquely designed structures, such as Mary Jane Colter’s Bright Angel Lodge, the log-cabin-like railroad depot and the El Tovar Hotel, a former Harvey House built in 1903.

Address:
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

Historic Downtown and Railroad District
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Historic Downtown and Railroad District

Route 66 cuts through this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, which has an Old West vibe thanks to late-1800s red sandstone structures such as the Babbitt Brothers Building and the Weatherford Hotel. Once a hub for the ranching, lumber and railroad industries, these streets are now home to innovative bars, galleries and restaurants. When the weather is nice (Flagstaff sees 266 sunny days a year), there’s no better place to people-watch than Heritage Square.

Southside
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Southside

After a day exploring downtown, head to the other side of the railroad tracks, where this residential neighborhood is undergoing rapid gentrification. Former lumber yards, boarding houses and historic storefronts are buzzing to new life as craft breweries, artisan pizzerias and locally sourced cafés. Keep your eyes peeled for a series of street-art murals that pay homage to the diverse history of this neighborhood.

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