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Flagstaff, Arizona
Because it was close to the Grand Canyon, and located on an important railroad line, Flagstaff has always been welcoming tourists. You’ll immediately notice the turn-of-the-20th-century hotels that are still in business (as well as the towering old signs for the motels that came a few decades later). You can see two historic hotels in this picture: in the distance, the Hotel Monte Vista, and on the right, the Hotel Weatherford. The Hotel Weatherford is famous for its Pine Cone Drop on New Year’s Eve. During my visit in mid-December, the giant cone was already in place, and a digital …