Arizona
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Our most recommended Arizona Day Trips

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

1. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Glide over the Arizona desert on a hot air balloon ride and admire the desert landscape and mountains from above. Toast to your experience with a glass of champagne once you land. The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help the 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 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 of Champagne to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate.

From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

2. 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.

Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

3. Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic roundtrip train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars. The Grand Canyon Railway boasts 64 miles of breathtaking scenery that leads to Grand Canyon National Park. This century-old railroad brought people from some of the wildest parts of Arizona to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Journey back to the Old West with the help of authentic characters who bring music and stories to share with you along the way. You will then get to the canyon around lunchtime with ample time to hike and enjoy the park. Afterwards, you will then return back to Williams, Arizona.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

Witness the breathtaking views across the Grand Canyon West on a guided trip from Las Vegas. Learn about the landscapes from your guide and visit the best vantage points, including the Skywalk and Guano Point. Depart Las Vegas in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast snack on the way to Grand Canyon West. Upon arrival, ride the shuttle to Eagle Point, where the Skywalk and gift shop are located. Get an incredible view of the eagle-shaped rock formation and walk right up to the edge of the canyon. See some of the dwellings that the Native American tribes lived in olden times. Then, experience the most spectacular views from the Skywalk (if option selected), a glass-framed overlook sitting 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. Walk along the 10-foot-wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge and peer over the West Rim of the canyon. Next, go to Guano Point for a different perspective over the canyon. Follow the dirt trail at the edge of Guano Point for spectacular views from different angles. Return to the Welcome Center before heading back to Las Vegas. Watch videos on the bus to pass the time, or relax on the airline-style seats equipped with seat belts, and look out of the panoramic windows at the stunning views.

Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

5. Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

Climb aboard an open-top, covered Jeep for an off-road adventure through the spectacular red rocks of Arizona’s desert wilderness trails on the outskirts of Sedona. Discover the heart of the Sedona landscape to see desert flora and fauna, and awesome red rock formations up close. Travel along one of the many forest service roads that take you deep into the western canyon area of Sedona's high desert area. Ideal any time of day, the tour is especially stunning during a sunset drive. Watch the rocks turn shades of orange, pink, and red as the sun begins to set. Your guide will tell tales and historical facts about the desert to blow your mind. Stop at the Van Deren Cabin, where famous Westerns, such as "Blood on the Moon" and "Purple Sage" were filmed, and pause at panoramic spots for extraordinary photo opportunities.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Embark on a full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon with a narrated bus tour. Throughout the day, admire scenic views of the Joshua Tree Forest National Park, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start with pickup from Las Vegas and meet your professional driver/guide who will provide information about the sights along the way. You will receive a light breakfast snack upon boarding the Grand Canyon bus. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and an amazing view of the Bypass Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim, enjoy your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. Take in the spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River below are breathtaking. Afterwards, return to Las Vegas with drop-off at your hotel.

Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

7. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

8. Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

Combine remarkable views of Horseshoe Bend from the air with an exclusive Tower Butte landing. You'll have pilot-to-passenger headset communication so that you receive a running commentary of the sights you pass over, which include Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and Horseshoe Bend. Finally, land on top of Tower Butte, where few have been. Rising 5000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of the American Southwest’s most notable landmarks. From this vantage point, you'll enjoy 360-degree views of Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, Padre Bay, the Grand Staircase Escalante, and the LeChee Rock. The scenery is breathtaking and unrivaled. Spend 15-20 minutes on Tower Butte for photo opportunities before returning to the air terminal. This unique tour package is not offered by any other provider.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

9. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

10. Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

Learn about the famous Sedona vortexes, which have defied explanation for years. See why people from all over the world have extraordinary and enlightening experiences here. Jump into a jeep and prepare for a fascinating tour for the skeptic, the academic, and the seeker alike. Head into the desert and learn about the discovery and history of these sites, thought to emanate mystic energy. Hear stories of people from all over the world, who experienced the energy these sites promise. Open your eyes to the different cultural beliefs that surround the vortexes and see if the vortexes can connect you to another power. Explore the possibilities, the history, and the various cultural beliefs surrounding the vortexes. Learn about the ways in which you're connected to the earth from Chinese medicine to American Indian lore and New Age mysticism. Immerse yourself in this unique experience on a small group tour with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about Arizona

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The tour was great. Our tour guide Stanton was organized, knowledgeable and entertaining. We were able to see quite a few sites and he offered great suggestions. Would suggest changing description on website as a great deal of info about dinner and I would suggest that it is not accurate. That being said Stanton was very up front with us about food options and he suggested lunch at reservation with less time for dinner. Dinner was included but honestly it should have been lunch. When reading the website you get the impression the higher cost for tour is because it includes dinner at a nice restaurant and actually says the Arizona Room which was not even open the day we toured, Friday. Please change this. Focus more on the tour that is given and the positive aspects of touring the canyon southern rim With a knowledgeable guide. Stanton was that for us.

Very good service. Good driver Very helpful.Lots to eat and drink on the van. Driver courteous, lots of good food and snacks ..Drive to canyons was entertaining. Highly recommend the max tours company.

Great Guide (John), very informative and kept the interest up all day long.. Very nice job.. Thanks

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable. Comfortable transport. Good value for the money

It was wonderful tour. I definitely recommend strongly.