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Historic Route 66

One of the most famous symbols of the American west, Route 66's significance has been commemorated in songs, movies, and various other aspects of popular culture. Built in 1926, the 2,448 mile (3,940 km) strip of road was one of the first highways ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Fantastic full-day tour that takes you through stunning mountain & desert scenery to Grand Canyon, with an interesting stop at the original Route 66 Gift Shop. Even though it was a long journey to the South Rim, our tour guide Mark made it enjoyable with his interesting stories and facts and did a great job answering all the questions we had; I learned so much about the US during the journey! Grand Canyon was definitely worth the long drive, even on a cloudy day the view was breath taking, and we had a plenty of time to walk along the rim, take photos, admire the view and visit the gift shops. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Vegas!

Doing what: Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Tour

Juliet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

A long day of travelling but made very enjoyable by our driver/tour guide Khriss. He is extremely knowledgable and told us some great historical facts as well as some fun stories. Our first stop was at Chloride. With a population of only just over 300, this was a quiet place. Make sure you visit with 'Diggger Dave' he is quite a character. Next we went to Oatman, on Route 66, this town only has the one street but is very lively by comparison. We arrived in the middle of a gunfight which was fun to watch. There are lots of burros donkeys walking about and they even wandered through the gunfight. Our last stop was at El Dorado. There are lots rusty of old cars, trucks and even a school bus lying around and a visit to the 'museum' is a must. There is a strange collection of items including mounted animal heads around the walls and an even weirder collection in the 'Area 52' room. A great day out and even though the travelling between towns takes a long time, if you get Khriss as your guide you are in for a treat. Thanks Khriss!

Doing what: Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

What a great day we had. There were only 4 of us on this trip, so we had almost one on one attention from Michael our driver and guide. First stop Chloride and a meeting with 'Digger Dave'. This has to be one of the most bizarre and fascinating places I have ever visited. Not for what this town offers just how the people live and function on a day by day basis.

Next stop Oatman. Another great experience and given it was on Route 66 just added to the fascination of this town. Seeing Donkeys Burro's simply wandering around this one street town was an experience on its own. Oatman calls itself the 'town which refuses to die' - and I certainly hope they are right because I would love to visit it again.

Last stop El Dorado. Now this really is a ghost town, albeit during the time of our visit, a photographic shoot complete with scantilly clad ladies descended on the town. Very enjoyable !!

Michael our bus driver and guide was superb and would thoroughly recommend this tour. Excellent value for money.

Doing what: Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas

Anthony R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

This is an excellent tour! A real insight in to real America for us Brits staying in Las Vegas! A wander around the abandoned buildings of Chloride, the old Jail, the gas station and the friendly folk at the bar was great. Then on to Oatman via Route 66 for a gun fight in the street was good fun. We posed with guns at Jimmy Hornfeathers store.
Then on to the spooky town of El Dorado for the ghastly sights in the guest room! Move over Norman Bates. Youll have to take the tour to know what im on about!
But best of all was our tour guide Mick,nothing was too much trouble, he was knowlegeable and friendly he made sure we took all the dam pictures we wanted. (Hoover Dam) We hope hes having fun with his genuine Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet!

Tony and Brenda Rudd

Doing what: Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas

Gemma L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Great day, tour guide was great. Stop in Williams town on route 66 which was a lovely town. Lunch was good. Long day but worth it. Got to walk about and go in the gift shops.

Doing what: Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

My husband and I absolutely loved everything about Las Vegas, our 8 nights wasn't enough, but this day was by far the best. We wanted to do something more historic than just shop and enjoy the casinos, and this was the most perfect way to experience and enjoy local history and culture. Kerry our tour guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and easy to listen to, she was fantastic. Her stories about the Indians, and the real Wild West were fascinating and entertaining, as was the information on the local flora, fauna, and changing desert landscapes.
Walking across Hoover Dam, the first stop was eerie but fascinating, what a feat of engineering! Kerry was a fountain of knowledge about the construction of it, and to experience it first hand was great.
The ghost town of Chloride was very unique with its competitive neighbours and their very creative 'yard art', was more like junk to me, however that's what makes this town, and I'm sure the competitive spirit keeps the home fires burning.
Travelling along the original Route 66 was fantastic, so much so, my husband and I would like to go back and travel along it from start to finish.
The ghost town of Oatman was the highlight of the day, with very healthy wild burros that roaming freely and creating road blocks in this one road town. The burros were amazing, even the foals were super friendly and gorgeous, escaping the heat in the doorways of the shops and under the verandahs. I could have stayed for hours patting them. The gunfight was great, it looked so authentic in the street with the rugged mountains in the background.
Finally, the trip to El Dorado canyon on the way home again was fantastic, what a place! For any die hard 'Killers' fans like myself, there is the perfect photo opportunity in front of the caravan used on the 'Sam's Town' album cover, I took many! If you are considering this trip do not be put of by it's length, the day flew, it was worth every cent, and Kerry, thank you again.

Doing what: Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Had a fascinating and informative day touring Ghost towns in Arizona, stopping first for photo opportunity at the Hoover dam, we then drove to see the towns of Chloride, Oatman and Nelson, fascinating places well worth a visit. I especially enjoyed seeing the historic route 66 and the winding road through the mountains. I liked that we didn't rush, everything was done at a pace to enjoy the day and take note of everything we were seeing. I was especially appreciative that the tour went ahead as I was the only one booked, but can't recommend Bindlestaff Tours highly enough and Khriss for taking the tour. Khriss was informative and had great empathy for the subject and this made the tour even more interesting knowing that your guide has such a great interest and passion for the subject. Would highly recommend the tour and Bindlestaff Tours and if anyone wants a day away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip, this is just the tour to take. Many thanks Khriss for making the day so enjoyable. Geraldine.

Doing what: Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Although the weather wasn't ideal, cold and snowy, we had a great time! Our guide was wonderful! We weren't able to visit the reservation due to road closings from a previous storm, and conditions at the canyon weren't great, although it did clear for about a half-hour and was spectacular, the guide did her best to fill time by taking us to see the IMAX movie, with agreement from all passengers since it was an additional cost, and taking us through the town of WIlliams on Route 66. She had a great deal of knowledge about nature, history, the state of Arizona, etc. While driving we saw pronghorn antelope, golden and bald eagle, a coyote. She was in contact with the main office, checking on weather and road conditions, which made us feel like they valued safety. Although we would have liked to stay longer, our trip didn't allow that, and this tour was perfect to get out of Phoenix, see the desert and the canyon. Wonderful and highly recommended!

Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation

Christie B United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2009

The drive up from Phoenix was great from desert to pine forest, and the Canyon is of course awesome in the true sense of the word and there were well timed stops and great views etc. The driver was a good guide but the trip was not exactly as described on the website in that we went through the Cameron Trading post on the way to the Canyon rather than on the way back. That was ok except that on the way back I expected we would therefore do the stuff that was scheduled for the morning, i.e. drive through Williams and on route 66 and we didn't do that at all but just went straight back to Phoenix with a brief stop and then spent an hour driving round Scottsdale dropping everyone else off! Missing driving through Williams is my real complaint though.

Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2007

We started off early, about 6:15 a.m., but the sun was already high in the sky and warm. Our guide was most excellent. He was unflappable, courteous, and informative. More importantly, he was also flexible to our needs. We stopped for coffee, at our request. We were briefly in Sedona to take pictures, and the drive was wonderful. We had our lunch to go at a local deli, and enjoyed the view of the Grand Canyon for an hour. Then there was an optional helicopter ride, which I heard was awesome. On the way back, we stopped in Williams, Arizona at a 50's soda fountain on Route 66. Their burgers were rated as the best in the region, and they were delicious! Due to traffic, we got back around 10 p.m., but it was worth it.

Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation

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