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Scottsdale

This city has a vibrant downtown, shopping, and nightlife scene within arm's reach of the Grand Canyon.

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  • Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

    1. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

    Nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo is a wondrous place of curiosity, imagination, and discovery. The zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. It features over 3,000 animals, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, and more. It's a great place to create memories that will last a lifetime. Other animals include the African Lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Mexican Gray Wolf, Ringtail, Golden Eagle, Sloth, Cotton-Top Tamarin, Dalmatian Pelican, Orangutan, Asian Elephant, Jaguar, Cheetah, Coyote, and Komodo Dragon. The Zoo features approximately 2.5 miles of walking paths and is divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails. Usually, the Africa and Tropics Trails take...

    It was nice to see all the animals. I rented a power chair and rode around with out getting tired. I got to go around the whole zoo. I was dreading to go but I'm glad I did.

  • 2 Hour Guided ATV/UTV Tour Self Drive

    2. 2 Hour Guided ATV/UTV Tour Self Drive

    Enjoy an exciting day in 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. Our tours create a scenic and educational journey amid some of the most rugged landscapes Arizona has to offer, with opportunities to see abundant desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail and even rattlesnakes. The guided ATV tour begins approximately 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. This area, amidst the beautiful Bradshaw Mountains, is perfect for off-roading. There are creek crossings and places for wash riding, as well as gorgeous views of the Arizona landscape...

    fast easy to reserve and a wild ride. it was a great adventure and enjoyed it a lot. TJ and Rob where are guides and did a great job.

  • Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in 1 Day

    3. Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in 1 Day

    Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views.

    See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the...

    Frank was the absolute best! We had the best tour we could ask for and it was all because of his amazing guide. So much to see in one day with enough time to stop and enjoy and take it all in. The Grand Canyon was simply beautiful and frank ended the day with a ride through Sedona that was breathtakingly beautiful. A trip my group will remember forever. Don’t hesitate to book this!

  • Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

    4. Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

    Experience the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim during this guided tour. Today's tour offers time for a tour of the canyon rim and Route 66 with your guide. After departing the Phoenix metro area, Route 66 will be the first stop along the tour. Guests will have a chance to experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. While you are enjoying Route 66, your guide will pick up your picnic lunch made fresh that morning before departing to the Grand Canyon. Guests will enjoy more than 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. While at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, guests will have opportunities to walk the rim, shop, capture an unlimited number of photographs, or enjoy your lunch and relax with the ...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area we drove through on our way and about the Grand Canyon. Highly recommend this tour if you are only able to spend a day at the Grand Canyon

  • Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

    5. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

    Enjoy a 45-60-minute hot air balloon ride above Phoenix, Arizona. See the expansive mountain ranges and desert wildlife below as your hot air balloon reaches heights of 3000 feet. During the flight, your pilot will point out different landmarks and points of interest. See Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain, Lake Pleasant, and State Farm Stadium from the air. Upon landing, enjoy a catered fare prepared by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback restaurant, right in the heart of the desert. A traditional balloonist’s ceremony follows with commemorative flight certificates to take home.

    It was a fantastic experience. I believe we went as high as 7000 feet. We had a very smooth landing that was led by a hot breakfast, history of the hot air balloon over champagne.

  • Phoenix: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

    6. Phoenix: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

    The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help our crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your 1-hour flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate. With the ground travel and other activities, plan to spend up to 3...

    So our event got cancelled due to weather and there were no days available to reschedule while we were here. Only gave 4 stars because customer service from Rainbow ryders was great. We have not heard from Get your guide in regards to our refund. Still waiting…

  • Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip with Helicopter Flight

    7. Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip with Helicopter Flight

    Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park with a 45 to 50-minute helicopter tour over the deepest and widest part of the canyon. This tour offers time for a tour of the canyon rim with your guide as well and can be started in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tempe. Atop the Mogollon Rim, travel the outskirts of the Route 66 town of Flagstaff on the way to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, enjoy more than 3 hours within the national park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon.

    Just prior to entering the Grand Canyon National Park, your guide will check you in for your 45- to 50-minute helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. While on the helicopter tour, be treated to views seen by less than 10% of visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park. Those views include Marble Canyon, Pointe Imperial, Little Colorado River, the Dragon Corridor, and of course the North Rim. ...

    This was an amazing tour! I learned so much about the Grand Canyon! It was a safe, well run tour and I felt It was a good value. Anyone who really wants to get an overall GC experience should take the helicopter tour. Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to enjoy the GC thru the helicopter tour. The pilot, Vern, was well informed and provided excellent commentary throughout the tour. Without a doubt it was definitely money well spent!! Keep up the good work!

  • Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

    8. Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

    Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Wate...

    Excellent trip with an awesome guide! She was both knowledgeable and fun. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the rafting trip!

  • From Cancún: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres trip

    9. From Cancún: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres trip

    This Sedona and Grand Canyon day-tour from Phoenix gives you the opportunity to sample the amazing scenery of Arizona and experience both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Arriving first in Sedona, we enjoy some fantastic stops. Bell Rock Vista is the perfect-picture spot upon arriving in redrock country. From there, the Chapel of the Holy Cross offers spectacular views, as well as the history and beauty of the chapel itself. Afterward, you will have some free time in the rustic, old-west district of Uptown to shop, enjoy fine-dining, or visit some of its numerous art galleries. After departing Sedona, we will experience one of Arizona's most scenic drives while passing through Oak Creek Canyon. Then we arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon South Rim National Park, go to two of the most amazing viewpoints of the Canyon. You will have a guided tour at one of the overlooks and free time on you...

    The scenery of Sedona and the Grand Canyon was spectacular. However what made this trip truly special was the historical and geological knowledge of our guide Jonathan from AZ Scenic Tours.

  • From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

    10. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

    At 6 AM get picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale to start the 4-hour journey to Page, Arizona. Be driven in the comfort of a luxury SUV or Van. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Make a pit stop in Cameron, the most popular Native American trading post in Arizona. Here you can browse the Native American arts and crafts for 30 minutes. Then, venture on to Page. Upon arrival, eat a quick lunch before making your way to the Antelope Canyon. Tour the impressive Antelope Canyon for over 1-hour. Then, head to Horseshoe Bend, to see one of the most spectacular views. Spend roughly 45 minutes at the viewpoint, before departing for your hotel. Arrive back at your hotel at approximately 7 PM.

    Our tour guide Cody was very professional and awesome. He took good care of me and my colleagues. He was very knowledgable about the area as well as its history. He cares about us very much and gave us additional information about what to do and don't. He kept reminding us to take more water due to hot weather and have a box of water prepared for us. He does suggest us to depart slightly early than the planned time to avoid extreme weather and we are lucky to have listened to his advise. The Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are a must-see when you are in Phoenix. It's mesmerizing!!!

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 342 reviews

Frank was the absolute best! We had the best tour we could ask for and it was all because of his amazing guide. So much to see in one day with enough time to stop and enjoy and take it all in. The Grand Canyon was simply beautiful and frank ended the day with a ride through Sedona that was breathtakingly beautiful. A trip my group will remember forever. Don’t hesitate to book this!

It was great. Our guide, Frank Zelle was truly excellent, and it was obvious that he enjoyed Grand Canyon and the sights as much as we did. His enthusiasm was infectious. He pointed out interesting sights on the drive up, and on the drive back also. The drive down to Sedona was truly awesome, and Sedona was excellent.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area we drove through on our way and about the Grand Canyon. Highly recommend this tour if you are only able to spend a day at the Grand Canyon

Eric our tour guide was amazing. Super friendly and very informative. I had a blast on the tour. We did frequent stops to take photos, shop and for potty breaks.

Tour guide/pilot was very knowledgeable! Would recommend this to everybody.