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Things to do in Arizona, USA

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Phoenix: Phoenix ZooLights Entry Ticket

1. Phoenix: Phoenix ZooLights Entry Ticket

You’ll find adventure everywhere at the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition, ZooLights! This season promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before, with all new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and our brand-new music and light show that will take you around the world! PLUS, guest entry to ZooLights includes admission to Dinosaurs in the Desert, the not-to-be-missed dino-mite experience! Enjoy an international traveling art exhibition focused on wildlife conservation created by artist, Russell Ronat. View more than 13 beautiful art pieces that light up the habitats of the Zoo’s famous residents. Experience a 30-year-old community tradition. Stop by the Wall of Traditions, across from the Savanna to learn more about how traditions are celebrated around the world. Stroll through the Wildlife Lantern Cul-de-Sac on Africa Trail to see the new lanterns. Celebrate with a visit to the three-story Christmas Tree located at Crossroads Café. Explore the Outer Tropics Trail which has more sparkling lights than ever before. Meet Santa and his elves at Leapin’ Lagoon and take home a commemorative photo. Indulge in your favorite holiday treats like kettle corn and hot cocoa that are available for purchase. Take home a memento of your special evening from one of the various pop-up Zoo shops or the Desert Marketplace gift shop.

Page: Upper Antelope Canyon Walking Tour & Entrance Ticket

2. Page: Upper Antelope Canyon Walking Tour & Entrance Ticket

Discover the Upper Antelope Canyon with a combo entry ticket and guided walking tour. Enjoy a scenic ride to the canyon before venturing on a guided walking tour with a Navajo local. After driving to the check-in point at the Upper Antelope Canyon office, a Navajo guide will transfer you (approx.3 miles) to the entrance of the canyon. Follow your guide through the canyon while listening to stories of culture and knowledge of the Navajo people and the geology of the land. Get more out of your photos with unique camera angles shared by your guide. Learn about the formation process of the surrounding scenery as you wander through the canyon. Lastly, return back to the check-in point/parking lot.

Page: Lower Antelope Canyon Walking Tour with Navajo Guide

3. Page: Lower Antelope Canyon Walking Tour with Navajo Guide

Explore the naturally-made, colorful labyrinthine pathways of one of the most popular slot canyons in the world: the Lower Antelope Canyon. Follow a local Navajo guide on a walking tour of this canyon, learning about these curious rock formations and the history of the land. Head straight into the twisting passageways of the canyon, marveling at its brilliant windswept patterns, its colorful towering walls, and winding corridors. Feel the grandeur and the tranquility of your naturally-made surroundings as your local Navajo guide goes into detail about these formations. Next, descend five flights of stairs down 35 meters and into the largest cavern on this tour. Look up to catch thin slices of the bright blue sky high above you. Walk back up eight different staircases, trying not to let your jaw drop too low as you see a kaleidoscope of bright colors swirl around you on the surrounding Navajo sandstone. Created by rain, wind, and erosion this sandstone has been shaped and colored into what you now see over years. Stop to snap incredible photos along your route. After all, it's not every day you're surrounded by such colorful, natural rock formations.

Page: Antelope Canyon X Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

4. Page: Antelope Canyon X Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Discover Canyon X in Antelope Canyon on a guided tour, with timed entry for a hassle-free adventure. Admire the unique forms and vibrant colors of this relatively new canyon and learn about its history and formation from your experienced guide along the way. Enter through the southeast of Lower Antelope Canyon and embark on a live guided tour of its impressive Canyon X. Listen as your guide explains the millions of years' worth of flood erosion and impactful winds on its sandstone which carved out the iconic "X" shape that aptly named the canyon. Admire the mixture of characteristics from both the Upper and Lower canyon, with the Upper's feature of pillars of light and the Lower's steepness. Descend into Canyon X, which is deeper than the other two, and capture incredible photos.

Grand Canyon: Helicopter Ride and Optional Hummer Tour

5. Grand Canyon: Helicopter Ride and Optional Hummer Tour

Admire the Grand Canyon from a unique perspective with a helicopter tour that elevates the views to a whole new level. Add an optional Hummer tour, either during the day or at sunset, for another memorable way to experience this natural wonder. Fly over the Kaibab National Forest, across the widest part of the South Rim. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colorado River towards the North Rim. See formations like the Tower of Ra and Vishnu Schist as you fly through the Dragon Corridor. Upgrade your tour to include a Hummer experience. Ride in comfort and view rock formations, gorges, and other wonders of the national park. The vehicle has been customized to allow you to take in the best views of the canyon's landscape. The journey into the Grand Canyon will be led by a guide who will take you to 3-4 of the best viewpoints. Learn about the canyon’s formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. There'll be plenty of time to explore and take photos as well.

Lower Antelope Canyon: Admission Ticket and Guided Tour

6. Lower Antelope Canyon: Admission Ticket and Guided Tour

Embark on a photographer's dream with this combo Lower Antelope Canyon admission ticket to and guided walking tour with a Navajo guide. Get a rare, up-close look at the water-carved sandstone walls of one of the most visited canyons. Over the years, Lower Antelope Canyon has become a favorite gathering place for photographers, tourists, and visitors from around the world. The Navajo name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdeztwazi or “Spiral Rock Arches.” This picturesque canyon has been created over many thousands of years by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving and sculpting the sandstone into forms, textures, and shapes, all of which you’ll get to observe during your visit. The views in Lower Antelope Canyon change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, filtering lights softly across the stone walls. These ever-moving sun angles bounce light back and forth across the narrow canyon’s walls, creating a dazzling display of color, light, and shadow. For photographers, with proper exposures, you can bring out the best in your own creativity. For aspiring or non-photographers alike, there is a magical new world to explore and immerse yourself in.

Monument Valley: Backcountry Jeep Tour with Navajo Guide

7. Monument Valley: Backcountry Jeep Tour with Navajo Guide

See all the sights of Monument Valley on a small group tour led by a local guide. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Visit sandstone arches and famous monuments such as the 3 sisters, John Ford Point, and Moccasin Arch. Marvel at famous sights like the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Stop by West and East Mitten Buttes and capture the perfect picture of this iconic landmark. Marvel at spectacular panoramas. Admire natural structures that will leave you speechless. Immerse yourself in Navajo culture. Learn about the history of this incredible place. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a bonus rug weaving demonstration and enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide.

Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

8. Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

Embark on a tour of Monument Valley and discover the breathtaking monuments you’ve seen in photos and western movies. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, and more. Travel by safari-style open-air vehicle in the warmer weather or by an enclosed van in colder months. Your guide will share with you a lot of interesting facts about Monument Valley. You will even visit the backcountry of the valley, which you can’t visit on your own without a Navajo guide. Learn many interesting facts about Navajo culture and visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home with a bonus opportunity to watch a rug weaving demonstration (dependent on weather and other circumstances) and to enjoy a ceremonial musical performance by your guide.

Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

9. Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

Embark on a guided day tour of the famous Sonoran desert, off-roading in your single-passenger or 4-person ATV on some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of Phoenix. Travel through giant Saguaro cacti, deep canyons carved by flash flooding rains, and cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Spot desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail, and even rattlesnakes. Start your tour 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. Ride along creek crossings and soak up the gorgeous views of the Arizona landscape.  Accompanied by a certified guide, learn about the plant life, wildlife, history, and climate of the area. Hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived, and evolved in this unforgiving desert.

From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

10. From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

Head to Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan, Arizona for a fantastic 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Departing from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar above the Kaibab National Forest for amazing views of the Marble Canyon and Point Imperial. Watch in awe as the South Rim gradually drops away, providing one of the most memorable views of the entire canyon. Climb above the North Rim, and experience the fabulous bird's-eye views before heading through the Dragon Corridor, the canyon's widest and deepest part. See in the distance the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by the Hopi Native Americans. Your journey then follows the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River, back over the Kaibab National Forest, and on to Tusayan. Relax as you take in the views from a state-of-the-art ECO-Star Helicopter with individual leather seats, wraparound glass for outstanding visibility, and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out.

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Tim and Jason are amazing. We had a blast on the Segways and learned so much while wheeling through the desert. We had family from 12yr to 80yr and we ALL had a blast. Very organized, very fun....worth every penny!! Book this tour asap!

Excellent showing again this year. I arrived with a group on a bus from a retirement center and we all went our separate ways for a two hour tour. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Great bike ride and lots of information about the beautiful Arizona Desert.

The train ride was well worth the price. It was a fantastic trip.

We planned this as a family event and it was delightful!