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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lunch, Optional Skywalk

1. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lunch, Optional Skywalk

Experience the Grand Canyon West Rim on a single-day tour with 4-hours on the Hualapai Reservation. Depart Las Vegas and drive through the Mojave desert on a bus. Make a brief stop at Arizona Joshua Tree Forest for photos of these unique trees and pass through the Grand Wash Cliffs on the way to the Hualapai Reservation. Spend 4 hours at Grand Canyon West, where you have to visit Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. Keep your energy up with a granola bar. You can upgrade the experience to include the architectural marvel of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Deli-style box lunch included. Make a short photo stop of the Hoover Dam from the bridge overlooking a viewing area on the way back to Las Vegas. Make a brief stop at Hemenway Park in Boulder City to possibly catch a glimpse of the local Bighorn Sheep on the return journey to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park Day Tour with Lunch

2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park Day Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day tour from Las Vegas to the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, the widest and most scenic section of this natural wonder. Travel through the Mojave Desert and cross over the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. See the dramatic scenery change as you gain 5,000 feet of elevation. Desert plants and animals change to scenery and wildlife from the Colorado Rockies, with 100-foot tall pines, giant elk, and mule deer. Discover incredible views of the Grand Canyon at Mather Point and around Bright Angel. Enjoy popular attractions such as the El Tovar, Hopi House, Kolb Photo Studio, and the Bright Angel Trail.

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

3. 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.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip with Lunch

4. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip with Lunch

Escape the city for a day with a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park from fabulous Las Vegas, with transfers, snacks, lunch, and free time at the South Rim included.  After your Las Vegas pickup, enjoy some light breakfast snacks and you are also welcome to bring your coffee or tea in a container with a lid. Sit back and relax as you travel along Route 66. Enter into the Grand Canyon National Park with your first stop at Mather Point for approximately 45 minutes. Then the driver will collect all interested guests and transfer them to Bright Angel, the Visitor Center, for approximately 2 hours.  The hardier travelers will want to take the opportunity to walk the approximate 2.5-mile trail along the ridge of the Canyon and enjoy the ever-changing, breathtaking views. Once your time at the South Rim has come to an end, you will board your luxury bus for a smooth ride back to Las Vegas.  Along the way, stop for lunch at a local family diner in Arizona. You will then be dropped off at the location of your original pickup to enjoy the rest of your Las Vegas vacation.

Phoenix: Guided Sonoran Desert Self-Drive UTV Tour

5. Phoenix: Guided Sonoran Desert Self-Drive UTV Tour

Embark on a guided day tour in the Sonoran desert from Phoenix. Kick up some dust as you go off-road in your UTV and discover some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of the city. Start your tour 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. Ride along creek crossings and soak up the stunning views of the vast arid landscape.  Accompanied by a certified guide, learn about the plant life, wildlife, history, and climate of the area. Hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived, and evolved in this unforgiving desert. Ride along scenic trails past giant Saguaro cacti and deep canyons carved by flash-flooding rains. Cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Spot desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail, and even rattlesnakes.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

Land 4,000 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a delicious picnic-style champagne lunch and photo opportunities on the banks of the Colorado River. Arrive at the comfortable terminal and receive your safety briefing before boarding a state-of-the-art EcoStar helicopter for your journey to the Grand Canyon. Fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam then enjoy spectacular views of the volcanic Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa, the Mojave Desert and then across the Grand Wash Cliffs as you enter Grand Canyon West. Land 3,500 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a delicious glass of champagne, light snacks, and photo opportunities on the banks of the Colorado River.

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

7. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave. Arrive at Willow Beach, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle 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 on your fully guided tour. Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

8. 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 Sedona: Sightseeing Railroad Tour of Verde Canyon

9. From Sedona: Sightseeing Railroad Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities, and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits, and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits, and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years. On select dates enjoy an evening starlight ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. See the canyon amid the brilliant variation of colors at sunset and twilight. Starlight rides follow the new moon when the cosmic constellations are at their brightest. Travel through Verde Valley, between two national forests, and along the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and return by 9:30 PM.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

10. 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.

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The tour to the Grand Canyon was an exceptional experience with Carlito as our guide! His ability to provide entertaining and informative explanations really added to the enjoyment of the trip. Plus, it was a bonus when everything was well-organized, making the experience even smoother and more enjoyable. If I were booking a tour, I'd definitely be looking for one with a guide like Carlito!

It was a very, very long journey. This is something to keep in mind... Time at the Grand Canyon is limited. For us it was a total of 2.5 hours. Still absolutely worth seeing and worth the long bus ride for us. The tour guide Aloe was fantastic.

You had to be very early and the bus arrived right on time. In addition, he stopped at our hotel for a couple who had not been to the right starting point…

Carlito was extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of information and insight about our trip. He made it fun and very enjoyable. Awesome job!

The float was relaxing and the scenery was incredible!