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From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

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 sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

2. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Small-Group South Rim Sunset Tour

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Small-Group South Rim Sunset Tour

Take a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park, home to the Grand Canyon, famous for its layered bands of red rock. Have breakfast on the way, enjoy photo stops along the route, and take a pleasant stroll to Yavapai Point for a picnic lunch and sunset views. Start with a comfortable hotel pickup from Las Vegas. Stop by Hoover Dam for a photo stop, a rest stop in Kingman, Arizona, a photo stop on Route 66, and arrive at the Grand Canyon. As the driver parks, you can go souvenir shopping. Then, take a leisurely walk on the upper rim trail at the Grand Canyon. The scenery changes every step and your guide will help you take pictures, and explain the geology and formation of the Grand Canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch, and enjoy an easy, 3-hour walk. Set up for the golden hour and watch the sun gracefully slip behind the west rim of the Grand Canyon, seeing the color and glow of light slip to night. Depart from the Grand Canyon and get dropped off upon your return to Las Vegas. It's a long drive and day but completely worth every moment.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

Visit Grand Canyon National Park where you can relax, hike the trails, explore the beautiful surroundings, and take in breathtaking views from the South Rim. You’ll have a full 3 hours at the Park. When you arrive at the Visitor's Center you’ll have the option of walking along the 2.5 mile paved trail leading to Mather Point and Grand Canyon Village. From these locations you can enjoy panoramic views of the Canyon, the Phantom Ranch, and the Colorado River. Along the trail you’ll enjoy the breezes that pass through the pinion and juniper pines. You can walk out to the railed rim and view the majestic beauty of one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you like, you can continue hiking along the rim, finishing up at either Grand Canyon Village or Yavapai Point. Another option is to simply hop on the shuttle bus and head back to Grand Canyon Village! Your tour includes a nutritious breakfast and bottled water, in addition to a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure. The picnic-style box lunch includes a choice of a roast beef, ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

5. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

Shuttle between Las Vegas, Williams, Tusayan + Grand Canyon

6. Shuttle between Las Vegas, Williams, Tusayan + Grand Canyon

Ride in comfort and style with reliable and luxurious transportation between Grand Canyon National Park South Rim and Las Vegas. Sit back and let someone else do the driving for you. Explore the Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, at your own pace with this convenient daily shuttle to and from Las Vegas. Enjoy the beautiful mountainous views and rolling landscapes while your experienced driver ensures your trip unfolds in a comfortable and timely manner. Las Vegas offers the most exciting array of options in the world, with incredible nightlife, dazzling shows, award winning chef restaurants, unique activities and unparalleled resorts. Las Vegas is the jewel of the desert and a perfect place to explore the natural wonders of the Southwest United States.

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What people are saying about South Rim Trail

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 382 reviews

The many positive reviews of this tour are correct. It’s great! If you don’t have a lot of time, seeing both Sedona and the Grand Canyon in the same day is wonderful. I assume all the guides are very good. Certainly, ours, Tyson, was excellent and added a great deal to our enjoyment and knowledge of the tour! He had lots of great stories, background and trivia! Little things like frequent stops and complimentary water were appreciated. Also, Tyson’s continuing and precise explanation of what we’re doing, where we’re going, where we’re stopping and for how long made for a seamless journey. [Be ready, though.....it’s a long day...12 to 13 hours.]

Our guide, Zane, was very knowledgeable about history for each part of our trip. He maximized our time and made the day very memorable. Highly recommend the day trip to Sedona, Navajo Nation, and the Grand Canyon. If you are interested in trying local eats, recommend the Navajo Taco and the Prickly Pear Milkshake!

Fun and great experience worth the price paid. Tour guide was very informative and did not make the trip a bore, definitely would recommend this trip!

Excellent tour guide and wonderful experience. Highly recommend! We had an excellent time!

Chris was a great guide to the Grand Canyon and gave a phenomenal experience