Flagstaff is located about 80 miles from the Grand Canyon, and is also the biggest city nearest to the Grand Canyon. Though it only has 60,000 year-round residents, it's home to Northern Arizona University, Lowell Observatory (where Pluto was discovered) and is the First International Dark Sky City. Flagstaff's vibrant, progressive, outdoor culture is making this town known country as one of the "Best Mountain Towns in the Country". Flagstaff offers nearly every type of lodging including well-appointed, small boutique hotels to all the big chains that you've built your loyalty points up with. Though Flagstaff does not offer any 5-star resorts, just 45 minutes down to Sedona are some of the most luxurious resorts you'll find in the Southwest. Flagstaff prides itself on its outdoor culture, so camping, renting cabins or vacation home rentals often suits the needs of many visitors.