When people think of Arizona, they think of intense heat, giant cactus trees, and spring training. However, Northern Arizona can get quite cold this time of the year.
I just returned from my annual Christmas visit to Northern Arizona. It was 7 degrees when we visited the historic (and reportedly haunted) Monte Vista Hotel in Flagstaff. Built in 1926, The Monte Vista is a great hang for all ages, especially college kids.
The city of Williams is the gateway to The Grand Canyon. Williams is also home to the Polar Express Train which shuttles families and their pajama wearing kids up to the Arizona version of the North Pole. We had a great dinner at the legendary Rod’s Steak House, which has been serving it up since 1946.
Williams was all decked out for Christmas with a 50 foot tree, and many decorated tourist shops. It was 20 degrees in Williams, and 22 below in parts of The Grand Canyon.
Next it was off to what is known as “Arizona’s Christmas City,” Prescott. Once the capitol of Arizona, Prescott jumps with classic old hotels, whiskey joints, and a 100 year old courthouse covered in Christmas lights. Each year, on the first Saturday night in December, local children from kindergarten through high school sing hymns on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse before the Christmas lighting.
This year they just barely made it before the snow started to fall. It was absolutely gorgeous. Visit Northern Arizona for the real spirit of Christmas.
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