Sedona Culture & history

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From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

1. From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

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. Explore this famous location and take 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. Discover 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.

Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

2. Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

Tour in an open-air, 360-degree-view vehicle and make six stops along this sights, history, and shopping tour in Sedona. See the red rocks, explore the powerful vortexes that Sedona is famous for, and stop for some of the best food and shopping around. Begin your day with red-rock views of Sedona’s peaks and mountains. Hear everything from how these rocks came to be to the best places to go to for dinner from your tour guide. Enjoy views of Cathedral Rock, Thunder Mountain, filming locations, and much more. In between stops, listen as your guide explains the mysteries of Sedona and its fascinating locations. Stop mid-tour at trendy Uptown Sedona for an optional lunch in between the other stops along the tour. End your tour back at the local partner’s office with some time before dinner to spend freely. The entire tour route includes stops at: • Chapel of the Holy Cross (30 minutes) • Sedona Airport Overlook (20 minutes) • Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village (40 minutes) • Uptown Sedona (60 minutes) • Rachel's Knoll (20 minutes) • Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park (30 minutes)

Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

3. Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

Witness the stunning scenery of Arizona and see both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Join this Sedona and Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix and soak up the breathtaking views along the way. Start your tour in Sedona at Bell Rock Vista and head to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for truly spectacular views. After, have free time in the rustic, old-west district of Uptown to shop, enjoy local cuisine, or visit some of its numerous art galleries. After departing Sedona, relax and take in the scenery on one of Arizona's most scenic drives as you pass through Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon South Rim National Park and stand at two of the most rewarding viewpoints of the Canyon. Enjoy a guided tour at one of the overlooks and free time on your own at the other.

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

4. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Helicopter or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

Sedona Mini Coach Tour

5. Sedona Mini Coach Tour

Learn all about the history, geology, folklore and legends of Sedona on this 2.5-hour mini-coach tour. You'll have plenty of time to take in the wonders that have made Sedona the most beautiful place in the Americas. Enjoy traveling in comfort on our spacious vehicles that give you a great view of Sedona. Our experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guides will ensure you have a good time. You can experience the full beauty of the Sedona with plenty of time to yourself. You not only get a comprehensive tour, but also recommendations on places to shop, tours to go on, and places to eat. This is one of the few tours that lets you see Sedona in less then three hours. A "must do" early on in your stay!

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

6. 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.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

7. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

8. From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon in luxurious comfort. You will enjoy the ride in an upgraded Mercedes Sprinter Van, with only 10 seats. This ensures quality time and personal attention from your guide. Begin with a drive up Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top most scenic highways in the country on the way to the East entrance of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy your gourmet boxed lunch on the rim of the canyon at Desert View, home to the Desert View watchtower, standing 60 feet above the rim and offering unparalleled views of the Colorado River down at the base of the Canyon. There will be plenty of stops at various scenic overlooks as you head west to the Grand Canyon Village. There, take in the historic architecture of El Tovar, shop at the Hopi House, and continue to soak in the aweinspiring views of the canyon walls before returning to Sedona.

From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

9. From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

Combine the best of all the Sedona area has to offer with this sightseeing day tour. Travel north from Phoenix through the scenic Black Canyon Hills of the Sonoran Desert and see the amazing desert plant-life and mountain scenery along the way. Upon arrival to the Sedona area, admire the picture-perfect view of Bell Rock Vista from the Chapel of the Holy Cross, visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and then the rustic, old-west shopping district of Uptown. Uptown also is home to many wonderful lunch options. This tour has a flexible itinerary, and booking early will allow you to choose the options that your group prefers to include. Sedona has a multitude of options, so spend the day exploring your way.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Ruins & Volcanoes Small-Group Tour

10. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Ruins & Volcanoes Small-Group Tour

This full-day tour from Flagstaff or Sedona takes you to the remarkable ruins of Wupatki, where the ancient Sinagua civilization once lived before mysteriously vanishing without trace. These ancient desert dwellers were the only ones who witnessed the dramatic eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano a millennium ago. Learn about the eruption as you visit fields of lava that look like they flowed yesterday. Your expert guide will be happy to answer any questions and help uncover the mysteries of this magical landscape. Pause for lunch in the historic dining room of the Cameron Trading Post.  Then venture into the Grand Canyon National Park with your wonderful guide, who will take you to the best vistas available. You will enjoy stupendous views of the East and South Rims. You will be picked up and dropped off at your Flagstaff or Sedona hotel, with first class travel to and from the Canyon. Enjoy the comfort of a reclining captain chair with large windows for excellent views of the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Your expert guides know the area inside and out and will show you the canyon in a better light, teaching you everything you need to know about the 2 billion years of history that helped carve this immense chasm.

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What people are saying about Sedona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 450 reviews

This tour was very worthwhile. The ride to the grand canyon was very scenic and the tour guide gave a lot of hosiery and cool information throughout the entirety of the day. She was very knowledgeable and versatile to work with. Due to some inclement weather, she had to rearrange some things during our tour but she did it in a manner that we didn't even notice and it definitely didn't take away from the quality of the tour. I believe the tour guide s name was Diane or Diana. She was excellent. We enjoyed every moment from start to finish. She constantly made sure everyone was comfortable and well hydrated and just overall, made the tour very enjoyable.

Wow, just wow! My family of 3 had our own private tour guide to Sedona and Grand Canyon. Eddie was our driver and he was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and took time to show us the important landmarks along the way. This was definitely the best way to travel if you don't know where the important spots to see and shop. I definitely recommend this tour and Eddie if you can!

Our guide Diane was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the canyon and route to it was phenomenal. It was an incredible day we will always remember. This small group tour had it all and allowed us to enjoy the canyon with time and insight. We arrived to cloud but it lifted to the most magnificent vistas and a rainbow over the canyon. A highly recommended day!

Steve Gerhart was courteous, knowledgeable and on time. He went above and beyond what we expected. So happy we had a guided tour instead of going on our own. Steve made this trip a remarkable experience.

Lots of good info. Cool places to see and learn about. Free time to eat/shop