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Welcome to Phoenix

Phoenix’s fair skies and warm temps draw winter-weary travelers to this sun-drenched corner nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. The capital of Arizona, Phoenix serves as home to a variety of cultural institutions. Join a small-group or private tour to experience the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, and the unique Museum of Musical Instruments. Or follow your guide to the Desert Botanical Garden, which showcases the abundant flora of the Southwest, which thrives in the hot, arid climate. Check out plentiful golf courses and ballparks that serve as baseball spring training facilities and home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Foodies will find plenty to love: Book a culinary tour that tempts with Southwestern fare and wine and beer tastings. Beyond the metropolitan city, discover the dry, rugged desert landscape on an all-terrain vehicle tour, a hiking tour via one of the many trails, or on a horseback excursion. Or reach for the skies with a hot-air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert at sunrise or sunset, with just a splash of Champagne. Phoenix makes a great departure point for forays to see the Grand Canyon’s Painted Desert. Or venture to points north, such as Sedona for its magnificent Red Rocks and nearby American Indian ruins.

Top 10 attractions in Phoenix

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

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Visible throughout most of Phoenix, Camelback Mountain rises 2,704 feet (824 meters) above the Sonoran Desert. The red sandstone formation gets its name from its resemblance to a resting camel, and it’s one of the metro area’s most popular spots for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventures.More
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Tonto National Forest

Tonto National Forest

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Encompassing about 3 million acres (1,214,057 hectares), the Tonto National Forest is the country’s fifth-largest forest. The altitude ranges from 1,300 to 7,900 feet (396 to 2,408 meters), allowing for diverse flora, fauna and landscapes throughout. In fact, while in one part of the forest you might find a cactus-filled desert, in another you’ll walk through rugged mountain dotted with pines. You’ll also find beautiful lake beaches for peaceful relaxation and aquatic pursuits.The main reason people visit Tonto National Forest is the outdoor recreation. There are eight wilderness areas in Tonto National Forest, including Four Peaks Wilderness, Hell's Gate Wilderness, Mazatzal Wilderness, Salome Wilderness, Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic Area, Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Sierra Ancha Wilderness and Superstition Wilderness. Each of these offers its own unique experiences. For example, while the Four Peaks Wilderness Area is known for its Four Peaks landmark and 16 designated hiking trails totaling about 40 miles (64 kilometers), the Salt River Canyon Wilderness is where experienced white water rafters go.More
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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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One of the most well-preserved ruins in North America, the 1,000-year-old Montezuma Castle was once home to ancient farmers known as the Sinagua Indians. Although the majestic ruins were given a “castle” title, they were actually a multi-family cliff dwelling. In 1906, the site was declared one of the United States’ first national monuments.More
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Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

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Get away from it all in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, a 100,000-square-mile (260,000-square-kilometer) region that spans Arizona, California, and parts of Mexico. Though it’s the hottest of four deserts in North America, its two rainy seasons sustain unique animals and plants, including the only remaining jaguar population in the United States.More
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Apache Trail

Apache Trail

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Originally built as a copper trade route, the Apache Trail now guides travelers past steep desert mountains, cliff dwellings, lake shores, eroded canyons, and old mining towns. This scenic road winds 120 miles (193 kilometers) through Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, from the outskirts of Phoenix to the vast Theodore Roosevelt Lake.More
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Heritage Square

Heritage Square

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Historic Heritage Square takes you back in time to Arizona’s Victorian past. The square is home to the only remaining residential structures of the original Phoenix town site. Heritage Square features eleven Victorian buildings, each with its own unique design, history, and purpose. Today, the buildings have been refurbished and reopened as museums, restaurants, and shops. Each building is designed to give visitors a taste of life back in the original Phoenix settlement. The Baird Machine Shop, for example, was built in 1929 as a commercial structure. Today it is home to Pizzeria Bianco, a local pizza place featuring a wood-burning brick oven, homemade mozzarella cheese, and locally grown vegetables.The cornerstone of the square is the Rossen House, a 2,800 square feet (260 square meters), fully restored, Victorian home which is now regularly open for guided tours. Build in 1895, the home features ten rooms and five fireplaces. Exhibits such as “A Victorian Christmas” and “A Victorian Wedding” all help the museum capture and show life as it was in the early twentieth century.More
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Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument

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The Tuzigoot National Monument is made up of the remains of a pueblo building on a hilltop outside of Clarkdale, Arizona.Built and occupited by the Sinagua people from roughly 1000 to 1400 C.E., the Tuzigoot village buildings include some with two or three stories. The ruins cover 42 acres, and you can see pithouses (entered via ladders through doors cut into the roof) and petroglyphs. There are other Sinagua ruins in the area, but this is the largest. There are artifacts recovered from the excavations of the Tuzigoot site on display in the visitor center.The name “Tuzigoot” is an Apache word, and the site was named by an Apache who was on the archaeological excavation crew in the 1930s when the site was found. The name means “crooked water,” referring to a nearby river.More
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Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains

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Located in Central Arizona’s Tonto National Forest -- within an hour of Phoenix -- the rugged 160,000 acre (64,750 hectare) Superstition Mountain Range is one of the state’s best hiking, rock climbing and outdoor activity attractions, especially for those with a true sense of adventure. Some popular treks in the Superstition Mountains include Miner’s Needle, Weaver’s Needle, Cave Trail and Peralta Canyon Trail (Peralta Canyon Area) and Treasure Loop Trail, Siphon Draw Trail and The Hand (Lost Dutchman Area). Those wanting to enjoy otherworldly desert scenery will love the mountain’s hoodoos and curving canyons, formed by volcanic eruptions that occurred over 15 million years ago.Superstition Mountains is an apt name for the range, as it’s home to a number of legends. Its history dates back 9,000 years, with some of its many inhabitants including the Apache Indians, Spanish explorers, Mexican gold miners and American trappers. One story is of the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine,” about a man named Jacob Waltz (aka the Lost Dutchman) who supposedly knew where the world’s richest mine was -- somewhere in the Superstition Mountains -- and kept the secret even after he died in 1891. Additionally, Apache Indians believed there was a hole in the mountain that led to hell.An interesting related attraction is the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, where visitors can peruse artifacts, historical treasures and folklore objects from the Superstition Mountains and surrounding area. You’ll also find the Elvis Memorial Chapel, a chapel and movie museum showing films made at Apacheland. The museum is open 9am to 4pm daily (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $5 per adult, $4 for seniors 55 and over, and free for youths 17 and younger with a paid adult.More
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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

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This iconic contemporary art museum is located on 21-acres of local park in the heart of Scottsdale and showcases between nine and 12 exhibitions each year. Visitors who venture to this popular attraction will find some of the best examples of art, design and architecture in the Southwest.Travelers agree the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is an ideal place to escape the city’s heat while taking in some fabulous pieces. But since the museum is relatively small, it’s good to check ahead to be sure it’s not between exhibits.More
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Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion

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Designed as a 50th anniversary present for his wife, the Wrigley Mansion was constructed in 1932 by enterprising gum salesman William Wrigley Jr.The mansion sits atop a hill, providing scenic views of the mountains and Phoenix landscape below. The Wrigley family sold the property in the early 1970s. After changing ownership several times, it looked as though the mansion was going to be demolished in 1992, until the Hormel family purchased the Mansion and restored it with the intention of sharing it with the public. The on-site restaurant is a popular spot to grab a bite to eat or celebrate a special occasion.Guided tours of the Wrigley Mansion provide details about its history and fun tidbits like ghost stories that have been told over the years. Some tours include lunch at the Wrigley Mansion as well.More

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Grand Canyon Tours from Phoenix

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Stars o ertje desert
Robert_R, May 2020
After Dark Desert Tour and Navigating the Night Sky
We really enjoyed getting out into the Sonoran desert away from Phoenix to see the stars.
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Great trip, great guide!
Deb_J, Feb. 2020
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
In Phoenix with my 18 year-old son and he really wanted to see the Grand Canyon!
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Great Experience
alarkinrn, Feb. 2020
Custom Grand Canyon Day Trip
Mike was an amazing guide, and this was a great way to see the Grand Canyon in a single day from Phoenix.
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fabulous experience
Pathfinder725510, Oct. 2019
Sedona and Grand Canyon Single Day Tour
if you are in phoenix, do not miss this tour to see sedona and the grand canyon.
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Day trip to South Rim Grand Canyon
Russo409, Sep. 2019
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
The ride from Phoenix to South Rim is too long even though the scenery from South Rim is impressive: 5 hours going up and 4 hours coming back to Phoenix just for less than 2 hours to see the rim.
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Grand Canyon tour
linday769, Jun. 2019
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip
Will recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see Phoenix and Scottsdale in a day.
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Excellent tour if it is your first time...
Hagop A, Aug. 2015
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip
Excellent tour if it is your first time in the area, you will get to see mostly phoenix area and some of scottsdale.
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I would recommend this tour to...
Jacks, Nov. 2017
Small Group or Private Sedona Red Rock and Native American Ruins Day Tour
I loved every minute of this tour and got to see things i would have missed if i had just explored on my own.
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Great tour of Sedona! We were in...
Jennifer B, Dec. 2017
Small Group or Private Sedona Red Rock and Native American Ruins Day Tour
We were in Scottsdale/Phoenix for 4 days ans really wanted to see Sedona but didnt have time to do an over night.
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Truly outstanding. What a fantastic...
Michael B, Aug. 2017
Grand Canyon South Rim by Airplane with Ground Tour
The trip from Phoenix gave a great opportunity to see the interesting parts of northern AZ.
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This is a must trip for anyone...
Linda G, Feb. 2017
Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
We were lucky enough to see bald eagles and mountain goats.
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Great tour and a must-do if you want to have the full Canyon experience! Please read:
Madison, Feb. 2020
2-Day Grand Canyon Tour from Phoenix
After that we were on our own to explore so we hiked along the rim to see the sunset.
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Perfect sampler tour of Sedona and Grand Canyon!
Happiness13155189679, Jul. 2019
3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Rail Experience
Sedona was such a charming city; a cross between Palms Springs and Zion NP.
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Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip
Navigate58076900583, Mar. 2019
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Absolute best way to see canyon if you are staying in Phoenix area.
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It was a great day!
cmz151, Apr. 2019
Custom Grand Canyon Day Trip
We thought the best way to see the Grand Canyon during our trip to Phoenix was to book a private tour and we couldn’t have been more right.
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2 day Grand Canyon Tour from Phoenix
rossi640, Sep. 2018
2-Day Grand Canyon Tour from Phoenix
After a family reunion in Phoenix we wanted to visit the Grand Canyon.
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Three-Day Trip to Sedona and Grand Canyon
chayachandrasekhar, Jul. 2018
3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Traveler
The accommodations were good, the transportation was comfortable, and we got to see a lot.
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I came to Phoenix to visit my son...
Catherine A, Oct. 2017
Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure by Plane with Skywalk
I came to Phoenix to visit my son for his Birthday.
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We were already looking forward to...
Sandie, Oct. 2017
Small Group or Private Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix
While there, it's a must to see the re-enactment.
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I think the best highlight of this...
lneicy2444, May 2018
Sunrise Sonoran Desert Hot Air Balloon Ride from Phoenix
While on the hot air balloon we got to see the overview of phoenix as well as the valley and few animals roaming around.

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