Not only are there many national parks in close proximity, Flagstaff is the perfect base for short trips to other cities in Arizona such as Sedona (40 minutes), Phoenix (2 hours), or Tucson (4 hours). It also serves as a close, by American standards, base to Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico (5.5 hours), Las Vegas, Nevada (3.8 hours), Los Angeles (7 hours) and San Diego (7.2 hours), California. The closest beaches are in Mexico, 5.5 hours away.
Flagstaff is nestled in the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world, offering stunning night time starry skies without parallel. In addition to its natural beauty and cultural monuments, Flagstaff is a university town where one can find many cafes, restaurants, art walks and a lively night life.