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Hotels in Flagstaff near Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University Introduction

Overlooking the San Francisco Peaks mountain range, the North Arizona University (NAU) was founded in 1899 in Flagstaff, Arizona. A popular public research university, it attracts over 30,000 students each year. Flagstaff is home to the main campus and sits along the historic Route 66. Aside from the university, visitors come to see the Lowell Observatory, the Museum of Northern Arizona and the 200-acre Arboretum at Flagstaff. It's prime location, 75 miles south of the Grand Canyon National Park, means it's also a popular with hikers. The campus is also surrounded by lively college bars, coffee shops and budget restaurants.

Hotels near Northern Arizona University

Many of the top hotels around the university are located in Southside. A 9-minute walk from campus is the Baymont Inn & Suites Flagstaff, which has relaxed rooms, free breakfast and parking, plus an outdoor pool and a fitness room. Close by is the Quality Inn 1-40 & I-17 which offers simple rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, as well as free hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. Also nearby is the mid-range Hilton Garden Inn - Flagstaff, which features bright, spacious rooms equipped with microwaves and fridges, as well as an indoor pool and a free airport shuttle.

Where to stay near Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff is a 90-minute drive from the Grand Canyon National Park, which means it's awash with budget and mid-range accommodation. The best area for hotels near Northern Arizona University is in Southside, where South Milton Road is dotted with affordable and mid-range chain hotels, as well as high street stores, pizzerias and coffee shops. The Historic Route 66 runs through Flagstaff and close to the Northern Arizona University, and offers several basic roadside inns. Head to Old Town Flagstaff, 1.6 miles north of campus and east of the Lowell Observatory, where you'll find more traditional lodgings.

Things to see near Northern Arizona University

Famous for discovering the planet Pluto, the Lowell Observatory on West Mars Hill Road is 2 miles from the university campus. It offers daytime tours and evening stargazing programs using the observatory's 24" Clark telescope. Drive 6.6 miles from campus and you'll find the Arboretum at Flagstaff, offering 200 acres of ponderosa pine forest, nature trails and gardens, plus weekly raptor displays. In winter, many students head to the Arizona Snowbowl, a compact ski resort in the San Francisco Peaks. Less than 15 miles from campus, it offers 32 ski runs, a terrain park and 7 ski lifts.

How to get to Northern Arizona University

Located just off I-40, the Northern Arizona University is easy to access by car and offers parking close to the main campus. Flagstaff is a bike-friendly town and many major routes around the university have bike lanes, including the south side of the historic Route 66. If you're arriving by train, the Flagstaff Amtrak station is 0.6 miles from the university or a 12-minute walk away. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is 4.9 miles from the university campus, and offers regular scheduled flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.