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Grand Canyon: Discovery Air Tour

1. Grand Canyon: Discovery Air Tour

Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim on an aerial tour complete with commentary in multiple languages that is bound to captivate you. Your flight leaves from the Grand Canyon national park terminal and takes you over the Kaibab National Forest, Kaibab Plateau, Confluence of Colorado, Little Colorado River, Imperial Point, and Zuni Corridor. Once onboard your plane, sit back and get ready to enjoy the thrill of the incredible scenery this natural wonder has to offer. All seats provide unobstructed views for sightseeing and photography through the specially designed oversized windows. This Grand discovery tour is perfect for families and for individuals who have limited time yet wish to enjoy all of the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

2. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Explore on the of 7 Natural Wonders of the world with a top-rated guided tour to Grand Canyon National Park.  Begin your day among pine trees in Flagstaff, Arizona, a charming college town high in the Arizona mountains. Sit back and relax as you are shuttled off through incredible landscape towards the gorgeous Grand Canyon. Marvel at the mighty Colorado River, take in the staggering rock formations, and enjoy the natural beauty that has captivated millions for centuries.  Learn the storied history behind the people who once roamed these lands as your guide takes you through Tusayan. Visit historic sites like the El Tovar Hotel, and the Desert View Watchtower.  Lunch is provided, and snacks and water are included as you journey through one of America's most treasured natural landmarks. Guides lead tours rain or shine, and are happy to answer questions about this popular destination.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

3. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular “Seven Wonders of the World”! This Grand Canyon Railroad Tour offers you an up-close and personal tour of this inspiring canyon. Your Grand Canyon Tour starts off with a scenic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (noted as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. After this, head to the train depot in Williams. When you board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, be entertained by cowboys and enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as the train travels back in time during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys riddled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, explore the views of the canyon and the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village. Afterward, get time to enjoy lunch on your own (lunch not included) and rejoin your guide to continue across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Making your way along the canyon rim, experience the stunning views over the Colorado River Gorge. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. On the return trip, tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and see various scenic overlooks. Visit the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation—one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

4. 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.

Sedona: Grand Canyon Railway Full-Day Scenic Rail Tour

5. Sedona: Grand Canyon Railway Full-Day Scenic Rail Tour

Embark on an unforgettable experience, including a beautiful, unique train ride to the Grand Canyon and a magnificent tour visiting Grand Canyon National Park for the rest of the day. Have all the logistics taken care of by your guide. From picking you up at your hotel, to checking you in for your train ride, to meeting you at the end of your train ride after lunch, to continuing your tour of the Grand Canyon and dropping you back off at your hotel at the end of the day. Experience the history of Arizona on a magnificent one-way Grand Canyon Railroad ride from Sedona or Flagstaff, which will bring you to the Grand Canyon. Take a journey to the canyon and back with style and grace aboard the streamliner-era buses. Once you re-join your guide after lunch (you will be given time for lunch on your own), you will continue along the Grand Canyon rim, where you will enjoy spectacular viewpoints. At each majestic vista, look for rare and endangered California Condors. Marvel at the Little Colorado River Gorge and dramatic rocks of the Painted Desert.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

6. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

7. Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

Ride in comfort and style as you travel to Northern Arizona in an air-conditioned vehicle that seats no more than 14 passengers for an intimate and personal experience. Experience fully narrated tours from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in the Southwest. If you are departing from Sedona, your tour begins as you ascend the Colorado Plateau through the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Over the 27 miles of winding roads, you leave the beautiful red rocks behind and ascend 2000 feet to the tall Ponderosa Pines.  Upon arriving in Flagstaff pick up the remaining guests, and travel past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks on your way to Grand Canyon National Park. Your first stop is at the Historic Cameron Trading Post where you will have the chance to check out the Native American craftsmanship. Then as you reach the Grand Canyon’s East entrance from the Navajo Nation, you will see the Little Colorado River Gorge and the western edge of the Painted Desert. Upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, you will get your first views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River at Desert View. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory, and learn about one of the achievements of famous architect Mary J. Colter. Take some time to take in the beautiful panoramic views at different viewpoints along the South Rim of the canyon. Marvel at some of the widest and deepest scenic views the Grand Canyon has to offer. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. You will also visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. A complimentary dinner is included on this tour. The journey culminates as your guide takes you to the ideal spot to have an opportunity to see an amazing array of colors, shadows, and lighting that are the hallmark of a Sunset at the Grand Canyon. Relax and enjoy the ride back to your hotel as you reflect on your Grand Canyon experience.

Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

8. Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see attraction on everyone’s bucket list. This classic tour offers you an up-close and personal experience of this awe-inspiring miracle of nature in a comprehensive full-day adventure. Ride through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation where you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. You will get breathtaking views of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge as you drive. Inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, you will have time to take in the beautiful views of the Canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing vistas that will take your breath away. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim. Become intimately familiar with the exquisite scenery as you take a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim. Afterward, you will have optional time to visit Grand Canyon Village, containing historic buildings and museums. It took nature 2 billion years to create this immense chasm, but you can get to know it in a single day. Returning to Flagstaff, take one last look over your shoulder as the Canyon fades against the desert backdrop. Break once more before being dropped off at your hotel when you stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan.

Flagstaff: Downtown Haunted History Walking Tour

9. Flagstaff: Downtown Haunted History Walking Tour

Discover Flagstaff's past — good and bad — on a haunted history walking tour of its downtown district. Learn about the city's intrepid first settlers and how the area became a popular spot over the centuries. Hear a spooky story or two linked to famous sights, to keep you on your toes. Uncover parts of Flagstaff's long-standing history from your guide. Home to a few sheep herders and ranchers in the mid-1800s, Flagstaff was settled under the Homestead Act. Learn how his tiny settlement at the base of the San Francisco Peaks sprouted saloons and gambling halls (and a few merchandising stores) almost overnight once a railroad was installed. Hear stories of how the town avoided the fate of many a railroad boom town because of the foresight of businessmen like E.E. Ayer, who opened the town's saw mill just weeks after the first train ran through. The mill gave steady employment for men and their families and soon, churches, schools, and mercantile ventures sprang up. Walk to locations where many a colorful character from the past was known to wander the town, looking for a gun fight or a game of poker to pass their time — perhaps even staying around to haunt these spots today.

From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

10. From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Spend a day visiting 2 of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Enter the heart of Antelope Canyon and visit Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River. Leave Flagstaff in the morning and travel the Arizona and Utah border to visit Antelope Canyon. With the help of your Navajo Partner Guides, spend time walking through Antelope Canyon. From there, travel just a few miles to the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center for a quick picnic lunch and some great views of Lake Powell. For the finale, head to the famous Horseshoe Bend overlook before returning to Flagstaff in the evening.

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What people are saying about Flagstaff

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 995 reviews

It was a great and smooth trip! Shauna was our guide and from the beginning filled us with lots of information about Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. We made a stop at the Cameron trading post where you can get a Navajo Taco and do some shopping. The trip proceeded to Horseshoe bend where we had ample time to hike down to take some pictures and take in the scenery. We had a nice picnic at the Grand Canyon Dam and went to Lower Antelope Canyon. It was a great way to sit back and relax and let the guide take care of everything. We had a great group and had a fun filled day. Would highly recommend this tour!

Best tour ever! Our Guide (Mr. Andy) is a professor at NAU and so we’ll versed and knowledgeable it was as if we were in a class. He took his time and explained everything about the area and the history. We got to go to areas off the beaten path that anyone could go too but if you don’t know about it you would miss it. Also, he knew where to go where it wasn’t so crowded so we go great views with few people in the way. Mr. Andy is very polite and always willing to take pictures for us. This trip made our vacation complete and something we will talk about for a long time.

Keaton, our guide, was AMAZING! The tour started early from Flagstaff and we stopped at 6 or 7 different views of the canyon. Keaton knew everything about the local geography, geology, plants and animals and a ton of history of the area. Our 5 and 8 year old kids had fun all day and that is saying a lot because we got home about 9 hours after being picked up. Lunch stop was easy and plenty of gift shop stops on the way. Highly and happily recommend this tour!

All of the stops along the tour were breathtaking. The driver and guide were extremely knowledgeable and very kind.

Excellent experience. Both horse shoe bend and lower antelope canyon were absolutely beautiful.