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The biggest attraction of Flagstaff is definitely the Grand Canyon, which is a little over an hour’s drive to the north. Many tour companies will shuttle or airlift you to the Canyon from Flagstaff or Phoenix. You may also rent your own car for individual or family exploring at the Flagstaff Pulliam Municipal Airport. Do not try to land at the Grand Canyon Airport and get a car; the authorities have banned rental car agencies from the premises.
The Grand Canyon is not the only natural attraction in the area. Northern Arizona also has the Petrified Forest National Park, home to a large cluster of petrified wood (a type of fossil in which minerals have crystallized the living tissue). This park is home to the Painted Desert as well as some Native American petroglyph sites that are worth visiting. It is not a good place for hiking or camping (as trails are limited and permits are required), so touring the park by car is a good idea.
Located in Flagstaff at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, the Museum of Northern Arizona is one of the great regional museums. Its nine exhibit galleries present Native cultures, tribal lifeways, natural sciences, and fine arts. THERIZINOSAUR--Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur presents 93-million-year-old bones from the newest and strangest dinosaur in North America, through August 30. Four Heritage Program festivals highlight the region's cultures. The Museum Shop was voted Best of Flagstaff by Arizona Daily Sun readers and the Bookstore specializes in subjects about the Southwest.
Also in the Flagstaff Area, Meteor Crater, about 35mi (55km) east of the city, just off I-40. The site is actually privately owned, but there is a visitor center and tourists are allowed to wander around the 2.5-mile (4-km) circumference of the crater.