10 Worthwhile Northern Arizona Attractions & 10 to Skip!
9. Twin Arrows Casino
For some reason, I just do not like this casino. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, the lack of quality restaurants, or the fact that the poker room is in the middle of the casino floor, however, it’s one that I would definitely skip. The only reason to possibly visit Twin Arrows would be to try out the Zenith Steakhouse, the one shining gem in this lackluster space. As the only AAA Four Diamond casino in Arizona, I can say that I have no idea how they received this rating. What a disappointment! Let’s just say, Vegas is only 3 hours away!
10. Most Flagstaff Events
Sadly, Flagstaff is not the town to visit if you are looking for fantastic events. Aside from a few decent options (Summer Movies on the Square, Art Walks, Farmer’s Market and Art Fairs), the majority of the events are quite boring and overpriced, mostly catered to tourists as opposed to locals, and typically consist of paying a lot of money simply to stand around.
Cornucopia was perhaps one of the worst of all: what could have been a festive fall/Halloween event was a drab affair with virtually no fall decor or ambiance and not a pumpkin in sight! After visiting too many to count fantastic fall events and fairs on the East Coast, I have to say this was a real bummer!
Other attractions/events to skip…
Montezuma Castle – While this 800+ year old cliff dwelling is interesting, it is not worthy of an hour’s drive, especially when there are so many other worthwhile attractions to spend your time at. Another area where you can also see ancient cliff dwellings, with the added bonus of incredible views, is Walnut Canyon National Monument. This beautiful recreational and historical hotspot is definitely more worthy of your time and money.
Halloween Harvest – This annual Halloween event, held in downtown Flagstaff, was a real disappointment, not really much going on and completely catered to children. Adults like Halloween too! Being used to the fun seasonal events in the East, the Halloween season in general was a real disappointment in Northern Arizona. Sadly, a lack of haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, and the other usual fun seasonal events, makes Northern Arizona a pretty poor choice for a Halloween trip.
New Year’s Eve Pine cone drop at the Weatherford – Every year the Weatherford hotel in downtown Flagstaff holds a Times Square-ish celebration where a giant pine cone is dropped in replace of the crystal ball. As this is one of the most crowded events of the year, it’s an easy skip! Not worth the hassle of finding a parking spot, pushing through crowds, and attempting to find an empty restaurant seat! Stay at home and play board games or watch the real ball drop!
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite events, attractions, and recreational areas in Northern Arizona? Least favorite?