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Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

1. Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

Enjoy a tour of the Grand Canyon National Park with skip-the-gate tickets. Witness breathtaking sunset views, venture down forest paths on a 4x4, and travel to the Canyon's edge with your experienced guide. Start your tour hassle-free with skip-the-gate admission that allows you to bypass the usual long lines. With your guide and driver, venture off-road down historic stagecoach trails through the Kaibab Forest in search of elk, deer, and turkey en route to the Canyon’s edge. Once you arrive, witness one of the world’s most magnificent vistas – sunset at the Grand Canyon. Follow your local guide as they lead you to viewpoints along the Canyon’s edge while describing geologic formations, inner canyon trails, and the Colorado River. Your tour will culminate in the best spot to catch the sunset from the spectacular Grandview Point where the fading sunlight turns the Canyon into a kaleidoscope of colors.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

Leave bustling Las Vegas and head out on a scenic drive into Navajo territory on a van tour. Explore this striking landscape with the help of a local Navajo guide, learning about the area's rich and long history. See iconic natural landmarks like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Begin your tour with a stop for breakfast in St. George, Utah—home to the oldest continuously operating Mormon temple in the world. After breakfast, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Note where the river flows and meanders around the rocks creating a distinctive horseshoe-shaped loop beloved by visitors and photographers from around the world. Next, travel to where “the water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. Explore lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. With your local Navajo guide, discover the beauty of the canyon up close. Admire the beauty of the sun which creates shafts of light that shine through the slits in the canyon walls. After a break for lunch, continue to the Glenn Canyon viewpoint for one last look at this spectacular area. Finally, hop back on the bus to return to Las Vegas in the evening.

Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

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

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. 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. As you explore this famous location, you have 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. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

Following pick-up from your approved hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, escape the city and journey by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter to the start point of your kayak adventure into the Black Canyon. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help fit you into your kayaks. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon, and scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then stop at an historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen to an explanation about the immense history of what the river has been used for over the past 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Seven Magic Mountains

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Seven Magic Mountains

Visit three iconic sites in the United States on this guided day trip. Take pictures of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Seven Magic Mountains, and marvel at the breathtaking sceneries they offer. Begin your group tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam with pick-up from your Las Vegas hotel. Head out of Las Vegas well before the big bus tours are finished loading, ensuring more time in the park and space at the viewpoints before the largest bus groups arrive. While on the Strip, stop for pictures at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. After this, head to Seven Magic Mountains for wonderful wondering and great photo opportunities. Next, visit the famous Hoover Dam, a 756-foot tall and 650-foot thick block of concrete built-in 1936 to provide electricity for the growing urban centers nearby. Continue towards the Grand Canyon, where you have the opportunity to sightsee Eagle Point, Skywalk, and hike at Guano Point with views of the mighty Colorado River. Once you've experienced unreal vistas and nowhere-else-on-earth photo opportunities, head back to meet your driver for your relaxing drive back to Las Vegas, stopping for dinner along the way. Depending on local traffic conditions, expect to return to your hotel by approximately 5:30 PM.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

Day 1 Your day starts early with a smooth pickup from your Las Vegas area hotel. Make a quick photo stop at the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign, then enjoy a delicious continental breakfast as you are driven to the Hoover Dam. Here, you can enjoy stunning vistas as you learn about the vital role it plays in sustaining the residents of Las Vegas. It is then a 2-hour drive through the breathtaking Arizona desert on your way to Historic Route 66. Enjoy 3 stops at Route 66, including a stop for lunch in Williams, Arizona. After lunch, you will travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you will be treated to 3 of the best views at Yavapai Point, Grandview Point, and Lipan point. During the winter, early spring, and fall, catch a spellbinding sunset over the Grand Canyon during the 2-hour drive to your high-quality 3-star hotel for the night.  Day 2 Begin your day with a pickup from your Arizona hotel. After you are fueled and ready to go, you will make the short drive to one of the area's natural gems: Horseshoe Bend. Hike the 2-kilometer round trip to the overlook and peer down a 1000 foot rock wall to the breathtaking Colorado River. After your hike, you will be driven to the vibrant Antelope Canyon to join a local Navajo tour guide as they lead you through the colorful slot canyons. Your tour guide will point out different rock formations and ensure you get amazing pictures as keepsakes of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Try one of the local restaurants for lunch, then take a well-deserved nap in the comfy tour van on the 4.5-hour drive back to Las Vegas. End your unforgettable trip with an easy drop-off at your Las Vegas hotel around 7 PM.

Tucson: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Breakfast

7. Tucson: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Breakfast

Enjoy a morning among the clouds on a shared 45-60-minute hot air balloon flight. After your hot air balloon flight, relax with a post-flight champagne toast and balloonist's ceremony. Fill up on a continental breakfast, and take home commemorative flight certificates. Soar thousands of feet in the air for an overview of the valley. Skim over the trees and cacti. Learn about the history, flora, fauna, and landmarks of the land from your pilot. After your hot air balloon flight, relax with champagne at a traditional balloonist's ceremony. To conclude your hot air balloon ride, you'll be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d’Ascension En Machine Aerostatique, a memento of your journey.

Canyons & Cowboys: 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

8. Canyons & Cowboys: 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

Step back in time to the Wild West on this guided jeep tour from Sedona to the Dry Creek Basin. Capture stunning pictures of the Sedona Red Rocks and visit an old homestead at the “Van Derin” cabin. Meet your guide at the pickup point in Sedona and hop aboard a comfortable jeep. Travel thorugh a scenic wonderland surrounded by 7 majestic canyons into historic Dry Creek Basin. Relive early cowboy days with tales of murder and moonshine at the old “Van Derin” cabin, a focal point of your tour permitted only to selected jeep tour companies. Connect with the pioneer spirit of this marvelous land at this historical homestead. Listen as your guide shares their facinating knowledge of the uniquely shaped and colored Sedona Red Rock formations. Return to your meeting point in Sedona at the end of your tour.

Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

9. Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

Experience Arizona in this off-road Segway Tour in the Sonoran Desert; the most exciting adventure in the Scottsdale Area! Warm temperatures, blue skies, and breath-taking scenery create the most perfect oasis; you will be so glad you came out. Your tour operates by special permit on the Fort McDowell Native American Reservation and takes place off the beaten path on beautiful desert trails located near the Verde River at the base of Four Peaks Mountain. The Segway is perfect for the terrain and relaxed atmosphere of the Sonoran Desert. It allows you to experience the desert first-hand and offers the best wind-in-your-hair adventure to share with your friends and family. It is an experience that you will remember forever. Your guide will provide you with information about the Yavapai Nation, as well as the unique flora and fauna you are seeing; everything from the great saguaros to bald eagles and wild horses. Please dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Includes Cone Zone safety training and the best Segway guides in The West.

Sedona: Cliff Hanger Trail

10. Sedona: Cliff Hanger Trail

Drive through the high desert of Arizona aboard this exclusive Hummer adventure. Admire the vast expanse of the desert under the beautiful Arizona sun. Travel off the beaten path and onto some of the unruly trails to take in the magnificent views of stunning Red Rock Range. Roam through the backcountry of Sedona's western canyons and learn about Sedona's Wild West and Native American Culture.

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What people are saying about Arizona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 260 reviews

Liz was our tour guide, and she went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great time! She got in extra stops, gave us recommendations on food in the towns we stopped in, and kept us hydrated. She truly cares about the customers and her job. Would recommend this tour to everyone if you are in the area!

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.

Our guide was Nate. He was great. The Grand Canyon was awesome and he made it very interesting with his stories and information he shared. I would recommend the tour to everyone and ask for Nate.

I can’t believe how much we were able to see. The trip was absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. Reuben was a fantastic tour guide. He made the trip extra special

Had a great time today. Loved having the river all to our selves. Caleb was excellent with helping us when we needed it.