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9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Creekside Sedona
When you’re lucky enough to wake up in Sedona, it’s a good idea to continue the trend by having breakfast with the folks at Creekside. Casual and comfortable is the way to be when recharging in Sedona. Great food with local and organic ingredients doesn’t hurt either. And this locals’-favorite restaurant, with James Beard Award Chef Mercer Mor, helps in every way possible. For added help, enjoying a mimosa with the crab benedict outside on the back patio while overlooking Oak Creek should do the trick.
11:00 a.m. Fun at Slide Rock
Part natural waterslide and part apple orchard, Slide Rock State Park is a great watery escape that promises fun. Named for the slippery red-sandstone rock that serves as a cooling creek-water chute to waiting swimming holes, Slide Rock is an exciting and refreshing break for young and old. The state park also offers surrounding hiking trails where the area’s indigenous wildlife can be spotted.
5:00 p.m. Ni Marcos Pizza
There’s garlic bread—yum! And then there’s buffalo bread—extra yum! This twist on bread sticks is made with Ni Marco’s homemade bread, coated with buffalo sauce (hot or not) and sprinkled with fresh mozzarella. Sound good? Just wait until you try the pizza with the best-tasting ingredients. Since 1979 the folks here have been making their fresh dough and sauce daily. If you love pizza, you’ll amore Ni Marcos.
7:00 p.m. Stay Overnight at the Little America Hotel
Looking for a place to stay that the kids will enjoy? You found it. Little America is more than just a place for the night. Embracing the natural beauty of Flagstaff, Little America is set on 500 acres of ponderosa pine forest with inviting trails that are easily enjoyed by everyone in the family. With 240 luxurious rooms and seven suites, you’ll stay with easy access to great recreational opportunities like the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and various national monuments. Or you can relax by the spa or poolside with a heated outdoor pool while swimming under the tall pines of northern Arizona. And there’s an on-site playground to boot.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery
Does traveling make you a bit weary? A handcrafted espresso with a side of a tasty breakfast sure can help. Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery has been serving breakfast, lunch, espresso, and baked goods in Flagstaff for more than 22 years. Even better, their pancakes, quiche, breads, pastries, bagels, soups, and dressings are made from scratch. Sorry mom, but the pancakes here are melt-in-your-mouth good! And yes, dessert at breakfast is a fantastic idea when you’re having these scrumptious pastries drizzled with artisan honey.
10:30 a.m. Enjoy Flagstaff Extreme, or visit the duck pond at Thorpe Park with the smaller kids
There isn’t a better way to bring back the childhood memories of swinging in trees, and creating new memories for your kids, than with a thrilling treetop adventure course at Flagstaff Extreme. For kids age 7-11, this will be a daring good time. They’ll enjoy being securely anchored between the trees while getting a bird’s eye view of the forest floor as they adventure through the children’s course. Adults, and kids ages 12 and older, can enjoy an adrenaline rush with 10–17 different obstacles consisting of suspended bridges, swings, nets, zip lines, and aerial surfboard. This trip will let everyone feel like a kid.
1:00 p.m. Lunch at Diablo Burger
More than the kids loving a great burger is the fact that you’ll appreciate giving them something healthier to eat. That’s because Diablo Burger’s patties are 100% local, grass-fed, open-range raised, antibioticfree and growth-hormone-free beef. But we won’t tell them if you don’t. It’s hard to pass up the DB house burger with blackening spice, homemade pesto, and topped with an over-easy fried egg. But no matter what the family orders, it’s an opportunity for an interactive lesson for the kids to learn the delicious meaning of gastronomy.
3:00 p.m. Visit Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams
This unique drive-through North American wildlife park lets the family get up close and personal with animals in their natural environment. From the comfortable safety of your own car, you’ll be able to see herds of stately white bison, nimble big horn sheep, stealthy arctic wolves, and giant black bears. After the drive-through portion, park and enter Fort Bearizona where the family can walk through and see exciting raptors, raccoons, river otters, and adorable bear cubs.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Red Raven Restaurant
If you’re looking for a nice dinner where a casual attitude meets a fine-dining atmosphere, the Red Raven on historic Route 66 is where you want to be. With fresh, crispy, and colorful green salads, mouthwatering steaks, fish, and pasta, the Red Raven serves up an artistic flare to dinner creations that will make you want to come back again—and maybe do the entire trip all over again.