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Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

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Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff


We'll be starting a trip to the Grand Canyon in a few weeks by driving from Albuquerque to Flagstaff. I know both the Petrified Forest area and Meteor Crater are along the way. What is worth seeing and how much time should we allow?

Also good places to eat in Flagstaff for dinner or breakfast? We'll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff at 350 West Forest Meadows St.


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1. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

The first good side trip out of ALB is the Acoma Pueblo aka Sky City. Allow a couple of hours at least, to tour the ruins. Closer to Flagstaff is Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument. It's another ruins site but entirely different in nature. Just to the north before Flagstaff, on SR 89 is Sunset Crater and Wupatki. Sunset Crater is a volcanic geological site where as Meteor Crater is the result of an astronomical event. These two places are not the same in any way. And Wupatki is yet another impressive ruins site. All of these places need a couple hours of your time, if you have it.

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2. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

Standing on the Corner Park, Winslow

Walnut Canyon

Breakfast in Flagstaff, try The Place


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3. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

Acoma and Sunset Crater/Wupatki would be my first choices too, but they're going to take a while to see. Acoma's a half hour one-way off of the highway.

You could also shoot down to El Malpais to see the lava fields. Maybe take the back way through the Zuni Pueblo and by El Morro (south on US 191, east on AZ 61), although that adds time.

There's also the famous Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Not exactly an inspiring cultural icon, but it's a big tourist spot, and certainly provides a photo op. That's on I-40 right by the NM state line.

I like The Place for breakfast too. It's diner style, which I always like. Definitely nothing fancy. Very reasonably priced and they have some American and Mexican breakfast options.

For dinner, if you like beer at all, you may want to try Beaver Street Brewery. Nice place, good food, and very good beer. There's also Oregano's (Arizona chain), which is interesting Italian food with large portions. They get slammed during the school year, but you may miss that. Flagstaff also has a couple of good Thai places, all in the Downtown area. And, for whatever reason, Flagstaff has fantastic pizza. Alpine Downtown is good, as is Ni Marcos on Beaver Street. Then Delhi Palace has some surprisingly authentic Indian food. And Crystal Creek (sandwiches) is a local favorite, although a bit crowded and rowdy at times.

Mesa, AZ
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4. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

Chaco Canyon, aka Chaco Culture National Historic Park, are simply amazing ruins. Get on the park's website and check them out. They are HUGE edifices that dwarf what you will see in Arizona.

A place to eat, or stay, would be La Posada in Winslow, Az. if you are interested. Even if you just need to get out of the car and stretch, do so at La Posada. A real nice piece of Southwest history.

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5. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

Chaco Canyon is indeed an amazing place to see. You need a whole day to go there and to see it. It is a significant detour from I-40, and you would need to take Highway 550 north of ABQ and then northwest. The roads from the south going to CC are not well-maintained. This would make for a significant detour going from ABQ to Flag.

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6. Re: Sights between Albuquerque and Flagstaff

Albuquerque to Gallup 2 hours driving, plus more if you visit these places.

See Acoma Pueblo, El Malpais Nat Mon, Zuni Pueblo and Gallup.

Gallup to Holbrook 1-1.5 hours

See Petrified Forest Nat Park - plan on 2 hours +

Holbrook to Winslow .5 hour

See La Posada Hotel, Standing on the Corner Park, Homolovi Ruins State Park

Winslow to Flagstsff 1 hour

Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon Nat Mon.

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