3 Days in Phoenix: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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Phoenix is the perfect base for your Grand Canyon and desert adventures. From land tours to heart-in-your-mouth aerial sightseeing, there's lots of different ways to get the best out of your trip to Arizona. 

Day 1: Phoenix in Your Pocket

Get to know downtown Phoenix and the Valley Area on an afternoon tour, taking in the State Capitol, Camelback Mountain, the Wrigley Mansion, the saloons and shops of the Old Town area, and Scottsdale. Or give your credit card a workout on the fashion outlets tour. If time is tight, take a scenic Grand Canyon aerial tour. And as night falls, ride a Hummer into the neighboring Sonoran Desert to see the nocturnal desert creatures in action.

Day 2: The Grandest Canyon of All

Phoenix's proximity to the Grand Canyon is hard to beat. From day tours and flights to multi-day explorations , there are all kinds of ways to experience one of Mother Nature's most spectacular wonders. Perhaps the best way to sight-see is by air and ground on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Adventure, sending you flying over the deepest rim and on a scenic drive around the canyon. Or combine a West Rim helicopter flight with a stroll on the breathtaking Skywalk. Pace yourself and spend extra time at the Grand Canyon on a two-day adventure.

Day 3: Further Afield

A driving tour to the Grand Canyon takes you through the Sonoran Desert to the red rock country of Sedona via a Navajo Reservation. Soar across most of Arizona on a spectacular Monument Valley air and Jeep tour. Follow the Apache Trail through the legendary Superstitious Mountains and cruise Canyon Lake aboard a steamboat. Ride the Verde Canyon Train past desert cliffs and canyons. Or see and do it all on a three-day rail and road tour aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railroad.

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Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Airplane

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience the sweeping panorama of Arizona from the air on this scenic tour over some of the Southwest's most awe-inspiring terrain. Fly at ideal altitudes to ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3- or 7-hours

From USD $398.99

Small-Group Tour: Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

This tour of Phoenix and Scottsdale showcases the highlights of Arizona’s largest cities in the Sonoran Desert. During this small-group tour, you’ll get a ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.99

Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

Take in the stunning views of Saguaro Lake on a 90-minute cruise. Set sail on the Desert Belle, a historic ship that’s been restored. You’ll see the iconic, ...  Read more

Location: Mesa, Arizona
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.99

Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Phoenix

Revel in the transcendent beauty of the Grand Canyon on this overnight tour from Phoenix, a Viator Exclusive. During this trip that can't be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 days/1 night

From USD $669.99

Arizona Desert Tour by UTV

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the wild country of Arizona on a personal UTV (utility terrain vehicle) – a 4WD off-road vehicle that drives like a car and is perfect for couples or ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.99

Segway Tour of Old Town Scottsdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover the historic charm of Old Town Scottsdale by Segway on this 2-hour tour, the easiest and most fun way to see this vibrant part of town. Though its ...  Read more

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Phoenix is hot, so cool off at SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona, where you’ll dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.99
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Monument Valley Air and Jeep Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This tour encompasses most of Arizona during your scenic flight over the Tonto National Forest; up the Verde Valley; over the beautiful Sedona area; past the ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $698.99

Sonoran Desert Adventure from Phoenix

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Marvel at breathtaking desert views and interact with rescued wildlife on this morning adventure in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Explore the sprawling landscape ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.99

Sonoran Desert Off-Road Jeep Tour

Go on a thrilling off-road expedition into the stark and stunning Sonoran Desert in Arizona on this morning or afternoon tour. Ride up steep canyons and over ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

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