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From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

1. 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.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

2. 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: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

3. Grand Canyon: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

Enjoy a hassle-free trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world with skip-the-gate tickets and a morning tour with an experienced guide. See sights like Yavapai Point, Yavapai Point Museum, the Grand Canyon, and travel through the Kaibab National Forest on a 4x4. Explore the Kaibab National Forest on board an exciting 4x4 vehicle and look for all types of wildlife like elk, deer, bobcats, turkeys, and hawks before strolling along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take a 90 minute guided walk along the rim of the Grand Canyon and learn about the fascinating history, geology, and local folklore of the region from your experienced guide. Enter the historic Grand Canyon Village and be ready for a walking tour. Visit the El Tovar Hotel, Lookout and Kolb Studios, Buckey O’Neill’s Cabin, Hopi House, and Bright Angel Lodge. Head to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Point Museum before boarding your 4x4 and returning to the starting point.

Grand Canyon: IMAX Hidden Secrets Movie Experience

4. Grand Canyon: IMAX Hidden Secrets Movie Experience

Explore beyond the rim of this great natural World Wonder on a little–known experience. See more without sacrificing your time, as you sit back and enjoy the Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets IMAX film. Head out on awe inspiring hikes, amazing river rafting, and soar over the Canyon from the comfort of your seat. Experience this life–size film through the awesome power of IMAX Technology, broadcasted on a screen over 6 stories high with 10,000 watts of surround sound. Stop at the Grand Canyon South Rim in the National Geographic Visitors Center for your IMAX experience, the perfect first stop on your way to the Rim. 

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

5. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

6. Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this historical railroad tour. Beginning in Sedona, take one of the top 10 scenic drives in America to Flagstaff, known for its towering Ponderosa Pines. After meeting Flagstaff guests, head to the train depot in Williams and board the historical Grand Canyon Railway. Be entertained by cowboys and musicians as the train travels back in time along the scenic journey to the canyon. Enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks as the train rolls through valleys filled 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. Arrive by train just steps from the Grand Canyon's South Rim and meet your guide, who will pick you up at the train depot in Grand Canyon Village. Explore the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village before enjoying some free time for lunch. Rejoin your guide to travel across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4-hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Your tour makes its way along the rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Grandview Point. a transitional point between the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon. Marvel at the open views of the Colorado River Gorge afforded at the East Rim, as well as the butte-filled views for which the South Rim is famous. Later, climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as you make your way back to your hotel and get to enjoy sights most other visitors miss. See many scenic overlooks, the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. Next is a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post, 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. Listen to interesting, informative and entertaining narration from your guide throughout your journey. View the western edge of the Painted Desert and drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way back to Flagstaff and Sedona.

Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

7. Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel or accommodation at 6:00 AM. Watch the incredible natural landscape passing by your window, as you enjoy a comfortable drive up to the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the spectacular canyon on a guided tour and learn about the history of the world famous site. Spend around 3 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park and take in the breathtaking views from two of the most prominent viewpoints in the area. Make the most of some free time, as you have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim. Grab some lunch before you venture to Sedona. Experience the atmosphere of uptown Sedona and view the local art work. Depart from the town and stop at the Red Rock State Park, where you can take pictures to remember your expedition. 

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.

Grand Canyon Overnight Tour

9. Grand Canyon Overnight Tour

Stare back on over two billion years of unbelievable history revealed by the mighty forces of the Colorado River as it courses through the depth defying ravines that make up the splendor of the Grand Canyon. This national treasure, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, draws visitors from around the globe to witness its intricate and colorful landscape and overwhelming size. Sunrise and sunsets cast magnificent color displays of red and purple upon the canyon walls and rock layers which record much of the early geologic history of the North American continent and in specific, the Southwest USA. The Grand Canyon is truly a breathtaking spectacle. Enjoy hiking ranger talks, helicopter flights, secret sunrise and sunset points on the rim, the imax movie, endless wildlife, photo opportunities and much more. Itinerary: Your first stop is the Hoover Dam, where you can marvel at its sheer size and grab a photo before journeying to the birthplace of Historic Route 66. Get your kicks and let's go! A brief stop in Williams, the home of the of the famous Grand Canyon railway, and you are starting to get close to the Grand Canyon. Take in a bird's eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim, take a hike into the one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes and admire the magnificent view. Find your secret ledge on the rim for a once in a lifetime sun set over the Grand Canyon away from the crowds! Enjoy your evening in the small town of Tusayan at one of the local restaurants or cosy bars or relax around the campfire . There are many options for the following day. Enjoy a longer half-day or full-day hike in to the Canyon or along the rim, take an optional included tour to Desert View along the East rim of this incredible National Park. The choice is yours! Enjoy ranger's programs and endless photo opportunities before heading back to Las Vegas. Head back to Las Vegas arriving at approximately 7:00 PM after a full day in the park.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 45 reviews

an absolutely amazing experience. Our pilot (think it was Mike) put us at ease straightaway. went through the safety briefing smoothly and showed us how to put the seat harness, headphones and life belt on correctly. it was a fairly windy morning but we only felt a few bumps - nothing to worry about. He pointed out points of interest and we had the whole flight to take photos/videos. Our photos were taken before boarding but there was no pressure sell at the end to buy. we would absolutely recommend Maverick Helicopters. Loved the whole experience.

After having driven throughout my Southwestern trip, I decided it might be more relaxing and productive to book a tour and let someone else do the driving. The tour worked out perfectly. Our guide Sheldon was knowledgeable, more than accommodating, and created a sense of fun throughout. I would highly recommend this tour.

A little windy out the morning we took off but the pilot was very professional and put us at ease. He was very knowledgeable about the park and flew us to various landmarks in the canyon.

This was an amazing tour and experience. We went to the North Rim in the canyon. I highly recommend this tour!!

Ride was smooth and pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. Views were breathtaking.