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Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

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Vegas: Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion & Horseshoe Bend

1. Vegas: Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion & Horseshoe Bend

Experience a guided tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then head on to Antelope Canyon, where you can take photos of the sweeping views at this popular scenic spot. Relax knowing transportation to and from your hotel, accommodation, and breakfast is taken care of. Day 1: Begin by getting picked up at your hotel in Las Vegas. Get taken in an air-conditioned van to your first stop, the Grand Canyon. Follow your guide to the South Rim of the Canyon, the most popular viewing spot, and take in sweeping views whilst listening to informative commentary from your guide. Next, pay a visit to the new visitor’s center, where you can learn even more about the canyon. Then see the view from Mather’s point, another popular spot that offers multiple vistas. Continue on to Desert View Watchtower where you can view the entire Grand Canyon. Head to your hotel in the evening. Day 2: Begin day 2 with breakfast at your hotel. Afterward, make the drive to Page, Arizona, and visit the Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park. Take plenty of photos of this natural formation where the sunlight gleams through the canyon ceiling. See breathtaking views of Lake Powell and the Horseshoe Bend, a dramatic turning in the Colorado River. Depart with your group from the town of Page back to Las Vegas in our van/tour bus.

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

2. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 45-mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

3. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

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 scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Day Trip with Dinner & Sunset

4. Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Day Trip with Dinner & Sunset

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.

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.

Tusayan: Grand Canyon Desert View & South Rim Pink Jeep Tour

6. Tusayan: Grand Canyon Desert View & South Rim Pink Jeep Tour

Visit the South Rim Grand Canyon National Park and travel the entire length of Desert View Drive, approximately 23 miles. Take in breathtaking canyon views and the best viewpoints. Our local, certified adventure guides will share hidden gems and first-hand knowledge of this natural world wonder. You'll make several stops along the South Rim where the scenery changes with the weather and time of day, ensuring that you never see the same view twice. Learn about plants, animals, geology and how the canyon was formed while traveling to Yavapai Point. Your guide will bring the history of the Grand Canyon to life with tales of its native peoples, adventurous explorers and early tourists. Be sure to capture photos of the Desert View Watchtower to the east and towering rock spires against the sky. Your Grand Canyon tour includes park admission fees and a ticket to the IMAX® Movie, "Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time." This newly released film shares captivating canyon history, complete with in-depth looks at the area’s indigenous tribes, early explorers and places that few have ever seen.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

7. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! This 60+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon and Sedona in 2-3 hours 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 Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Sunset Tour from Biblical Creation Perspective

10. Grand Canyon: Sunset Tour from Biblical Creation Perspective

Experience the Grand Canyon from a biblical creation perspective. Meeting inside the park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center flag pole about four hours before the sun sets, the Sunset Rim Tour visits the very best locations of the South Rim’s east side. Along Desert View Drive, you will ride comfortably in our tour vehicle to each amazing overlook and vista. Once we arrive at each spot on the tour, we will hop off the vehicle for incredible views, exploration, and exciting teaching tied into everything we’re seeing. During the tour, your guide will spend time sharing about the geology, plants, animals, and people history of the canyon—and of course, the biblical message of Creation and the Flood as recorded in the book of Genesis. Near the end of the tour, we will stop at a favorite location to watch the setting sun as it disappears far to the west. Close out the day with the One who made it, on a Grand Canyon Sunset Rim Tour. Additional daily tours, backpacking, and Colorado River trips found on our Canyon Ministries website.

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4.8 / 5

based on 523 reviews

The trip was fantastic. Wayne was such a great guide and ensured that my party of 9 which included 5 kids ages 9 to 12 had a great time. The grand canyon was beautiful! A must visit!

The trip was wonderful. Our guide (Bobby V) was exceptional. He was very informative--shared lots of interesting local information, lore, and history. THANK YOU!

This tour was so great. Our guide, Stevee, was phenomenal. He was safe, knowledgeable and friendly. We would definitely use this company again!

What a fantastic way to see the Canyon if you only have a day... Our guide was absolutely phenomenal!

Great, God honoring tour of the Grand Canyon. Our guide, Katrina, was wonderful and knowledgeable.