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|Flagstaff is rich
with cultural diversity, beauty, and history. Educational, recreational
and scientific opportunities are plentiful. Government is one of the
largest employment sectors as is the tourism industry. Over 5 million
visitors a year come to the ®City of Seven Wonders,® due to its
easy access to such scenic destinations as the Grand Canyon, Sunset
Crater, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National
Monument, and the San Francisco Peaks.
The City houses Northern Arizona University, Coconino County Community College and other scientific and high tech research and development industries.
Flagstaff serves as the cultural hub of Northern Arizona with several arts and cultural activities. The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is here. Regular concerts are also held in the Ardrey Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Lowell Observatory, best known for the discovery of Pluto, was founded in 1894 by Boston mathematician Percival Lowell. It is also where astronomer V.M. Slipher gathered the first evidence that the universe is expanding. The Observatory also maintains a vigorous education and outreach program, headquartered in the Steele Visitor Center on Mars Hill. The Museum of Northern Arizona offers internationally recognition exhibits.
An array of outdoor sports and camping and backpacking opportunities exist. Downhill skiers enjoy 32 runs down the San Francisco Peaks, just 14 miles from downtown Flagstaff.