Insider's Guide to Grand Canyon National Park

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  • Location:Phoenix, Arizona
  • Duration:13 hours (approx.)

Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation

When visiting Phoenix, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a must-do. This full-day tour takes in Arizona's most scenic landscapes, including the Sonoran Desert, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff. At the Grand Canyon, follow a 23-mile route along the East Rim and South Rim, stopping frequently to gaze at stunning views. Have time to walk and eat lunch at Grand Canyon Village, and go through the Navajo Nation on your return drive, stopping to shop for Native American crafts at an authentic trading post.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to the Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Nation, from Phoenix
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert and the red rock country of Sedona
  • Be amazed at the views during the 23-mile driving tour along the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Shop for authentic souvenirs at a trading post in the Navajo Nation
  • Learn about the Grand Canyon's natural and human history

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a long day, but so worth it! You get to see so much of Arizona's natural beauty during your drive, then top it all of with the incredibly vast and majestic scenery of the Grand Canyon.

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What You Can Expect

Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation

Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation

After morning pickup in Phoenix, travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with large viewing windows, beginning your journey to the Grand Canyon by crossing the Sonoran Desert into the red rock country of Sedona.

Take a break in Sedona for morning coffee, photo ops and a stroll through town before getting back on the road, taking a 17-mile scenic route through Oak Creek Canyon. Climb into the San Francisco Mountains around Flagstaff and roll along parts of historic Route 66, arriving arrive at the Grand Canyon around mid-day.

Take a break to eat (own expense) at a restaurant on the South Rim and enjoy your first glimpse of the majestic canyon landscape. Then have time for a short nature walk, take photos from great overlooks, or browse the souvenir shops. Afterward, rejoin your guide for the big event: a 23-mile driving tour along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Be amazed by sweeping views at every twist of the road, with plenty of stops for photo ops along the way.

After your driving tour along the South Rim to the East Rim, which lasts approximately two hours, depart from the canyon via the Navajo Nation, where your driver stops on the reservation at the historic Cameron Trading Post. There, learn about the Navajo people and have time to shop for an authentic Navajo jewelry, arts and crafts. Back on the road, your guide points out views of the Painted Desert and Little Colorado River Gorge in the distance.

Relax on the return drive, which takes you back through the Flagstaff and Verde River Valley. Stop for snacks en route, before your tour ends with drop-off at your Phoenix hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Diane M. W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a fantastic tour. The guide was outstanding. Very knowledgeable of the local history and environment. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience the Grand Canyon rather than see it.

Bert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent commentary. Right amount of stops. Safe driving.

Dusan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great guide Chris

Kim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Chris, our tour guide, was absolutely awesome! WE definitely got our money's worth on this tour. I will use Viator.com again when we travel.

Joanne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great time on our tour yesterday. Our guide Mike was very informative and flexible. I would definitely recommend this tour and actually did just that to some friends today.

James F B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Extremely knowledgeable guide Wayne who couldn't do enough for us.

Aude D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide Mike was very knowledgable about the region. it was my first time at the Grand Canyon and a very good introduction. I definitely want to go back there at some point. It was cold and snowy when got there and even more magical. I highly recommend that tour for those who don't have much time and want to get a taste of the place.

Whitney T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

So.... for people to say that this is just a hole in the ground, they clearly don't know what they're talking about. The Grand Canyon is utter amazement. It is massive, intense, awe-inspiring. I admit I got shaky legs standing at the edge. But it wasn't too bad. It was incredibly beautiful. Overall, the trip was awesome. The tour guide Wayne was funny and very knowledgeable, told us the history of the canyon, and even a ghost story. I will definitely come back here again.

elainel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. He encouraged us to experiece the G.C. and not just seeit . It was awe-inspiring. He made ample provisons for our meals as well. Would highly recommend this tour.

Scott M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip was outstanding and the guide was spot on and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this trip for anyone wanting to visit the Grand Canyon and does not want to drive!

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