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7 Reasons Why Flagstaff is an Astrotourist Destination

12 Jan 2022, 19:03 UTC
7 Reasons Why Flagstaff is an Astrotourist Destination
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Flagstaff attracts people from all walks of life, whether they’re searching for outdoor thrills, historic hotspots, or an escape from the desert heat. It’s a stop on historic Route 66, one of the first highways to be built in the United States. It’s a vital point to refuel and recharge on the way to the world-famous Grand Canyon, one of the world’s 7 natural wonders. However, one of Flagstaff’s lesser-known claims to fame is its status as a hub for astronomy enthusiasts from around the world. So, what exactly makes this eclectic mountain town an astrotourist destination? Read on to find out!

1. It’s the world’s first International Dark Sky City

Flagstaff offers a starry safe haven in a world where pristine dark skies are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. The Dark Sky City designation is given to communities that commit to preserving dark skies both in policy and in practice. Flagstaff was named the world’s first International Dark Sky City by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) on October 24, 2001. Since then, over 180 places including towns, cities, and national parks and more have been designated by the IDA worldwide. When walking in the streets of Flagstaff, ...

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