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From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Day Tour with Entry Tickets

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Day Tour with Entry Tickets

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour, entry tickets in. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. Explore this famous location and take the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views, ideal for photographers. Enjoy some shopping, walk the rim, or relax at one of the many viewpoints.

Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

2. Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

Witness the stunning scenery of Arizona and see both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Join this Sedona and Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix and soak up the breathtaking views along the way. Start your tour in Sedona at Bell Rock Vista and head to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for truly spectacular views. After, have free time in the rustic, old-west district of Uptown to shop, enjoy local cuisine, or visit some of its numerous art galleries. After departing Sedona, relax and take in the scenery on one of Arizona's most scenic drives as you pass through Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon South Rim National Park and stand at two of the most rewarding viewpoints of the Canyon. Enjoy a guided tour at one of the overlooks and free time on your own at the other.

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

3. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Hiking or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

4. From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

Start your tour with a scenic 3-hour drive to the town of Tombstone. Learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you relax in a luxury vehicle. Stop to admire beautiful views of Saguaro National Park and snap photos of the largest saguaro cactus field in the Southwest. Once in Tombstone, wander through the old town and check out the main street. After lunch, you’ll see a thrilling 30-minute staged gunfight. After around 2.5 hours exploring Tombstone, continue to the copper mining town of Bisbee. This scenic town is situated in the mountains and was once the largest copper mining community in America. Stroll the street to see restored and historic buildings and preserved copper workshops. Browse the local shops before heading back to your accommodation.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

5. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

Be collected in a luxurious SUV or van at 9:30 AM from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdake. Travel into the heart of the Superstition Mountain Range and along the Apache Trail. A licensed tour guide will provide a useful narration throughout the day.  Make your first stop at the old gold mining ghost town of Goldfield located at the base of the neighboring Superstition Mountain range. Spend 45 minutes checking out the historic shops and see how it was in the Old West. Then, hit the Apache Trail and take in the amazing views of the Superstitions and the Sonoran Desert along the trail. Reach Canyon Lake for a 90-minute sightseeing journey on an old-fashioned sternwheeler steamboat across the lake. Upon return to the shore, travel down the road to one of the oldest stagecoach stops in the Southwest, which was the site of where a lot of gold was mined in the late 1800s known as Tortilla Flat. Learn about how the general store has been owned by the same family for generations. After exploring the area, find a good spot to enjoy local novelties and lunch. Lastly, stop by the Lost Dutchman Museum so you can polish your knowledge of this famous area. Return to your accommodation around 5 PM.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

6. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

7. From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

Combine the best of all the Sedona area has to offer with this sightseeing day tour. Travel north from Phoenix through the scenic Black Canyon Hills of the Sonoran Desert and see the amazing desert plant-life and mountain scenery along the way. Upon arrival to the Sedona area, admire the picture-perfect view of Bell Rock Vista from the Chapel of the Holy Cross, visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and then the rustic, old-west shopping district of Uptown. Uptown also is home to many wonderful lunch options. This tour has a flexible itinerary, and booking early will allow you to choose the options that your group prefers to include. Sedona has a multitude of options, so spend the day exploring your way.

From Phoenix: Gold Rush Guided Hiking and Gold Panning Tour

8. From Phoenix: Gold Rush Guided Hiking and Gold Panning Tour

Discover the Bradshaw Mountains on this hiking and gold panning tour. See the richest gold-filled mountain ranges in the entire country. Take a scenic and educational journey through rugged Arizona landscapes and try your luck at gold panning.  Pass by giant saguaro cacti and look for desert wildlife. Learn about local mining history and plant and animal life from your guide. Begin with a scenic and moderately difficult hike from the tour supplier's property down to the Agua Fria river. Once at the river, we will spend some time panning for gold and learning about the history of gold mining here in the Bradshaw Mountains. Finish the tour by making the hike back up the Agua Fria River canyon.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

9. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel lobby at 6 AM the morning of the tour from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Travel deep into the famous Verde Valley for your first stop at Montezuma Castle. This wonderous Native American delight is one of the most highly preserved monuments in the USA. Spend 40 minutes here and walk the grounds of this relic as you learn about its rich history. Then, head to the 2nd monument of Tuzigoot which was constructed by the same local Sinagua tribe as Montezuma Castle. Spend another 40 minutes here and walk around the grounds of the 40-room fortress.  Next, continue on to the historic copper mining town of Jerome where you can gaze upon the spectacular views of the Verde Valley down below. Spend about 1 hour walking around marveling at this well-preserved town which takes you back to the heyday of mining in the 1920s.  Finally, be taken to the depot for the grand finale of the tour - the historic Verde Valley Railroad. Board this iconic sightseeing train, traveling first class, at 1 PM. In the first-class cabin, enjoy a luxurious glass of champagne, sandwich, and chicken wing bar. Experience the Redrock sights and the local history shared by the narrator during a 3.5-hour train ride. Keep your eyes peeled for mines and Native American ruins. Return at around 4:30 PM and head straight back to your hotel.

Scottsdale: Guided City Tour by Jeep

10. Scottsdale: Guided City Tour by Jeep

Join a guided city tour of Scottsdale that includes a jeep ride to over 50 miles of historical and cultural attractions. Sit back and relax as you leisurely cruise through the city in a jeep, seeing key sights like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Taliesin West, Soleri Bridge, and more. Gain insight into the history of the area along with notable current events narrated by your guide. Be driven to places where historical events took place, such as the site where German soldiers dug tunnels to escape from WWII prisoner-of-war camps. See the vast urban desert habitat of McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the largest of its kind in the nation. Then, find out why the city is known as "The World's Finest Golf Destination" at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Learn about legendary architect Frank Wright and his captivation with the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty at the Frank Lloyd Wright Spire and Taliesin West. Also see the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, WestWorld of Scottsdale, Old Adobe Mission, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and more.

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4.8 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Great experience. Kim was guide during the trip. She was thoughtful, she was taking care of everyone's need. She shared with us lots of great stories. And she took many excellent photos I wish we could spend more time in Sedona. It's such a pretty and cute place. Worth seeing ❤ Bus was comfortable especially that it was not full (10/13). This experience is perfect for couples but also solo-travelers (like me)

The driver was awesome! The trip was awesome and very easy to set up meeting point. The driver actually met us after the trip was over because I left my package on the van. The company was so helpful to aid me in getting back my package!!! This company is the best ever!!!!!! I will use this service again the next time I travel!!!! Thank you!!

We had an amazing time on the tour! Noel was very knowledgeable and took us to all the beautiful scenic locations in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. We really appreciated how accommodating he was for our mobility constraints. Definitely cannot recommend enough!

Fantastic experience. The guide was super knowledgeable, gave a good history of the area. Very friendly, safe driving & an overall fantastic experience.

Noel our guide was outstanding. He was so knowledgeable regarding history. This was a great tour!