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Half-Day Phoenix Highlights Tour

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Phoenix, United States
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy an introduction to Phoenix's historic attractions and popular spots during this half-day sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Riding in air-conditioned comfort through this fast-growing city in the Sonoran Desert, drive by highlights such as the Arizona State Capitol building, Wrigley Mansion, Senator Barry Goldwater’s former estate, and the Arizona Biltmore. Admire natural treasures including Camelback Mountain and South Mountain Park, and have time to browse shops in Scottsdale’s Old Town. Learn about the region’s history, Native American culture, wildlife, and landmarks from your guide.
  • Half-day tour of Phoenix and Scottsdale
  • Enjoy free time to browse the shops and art galleries of Old Town Scottsdale
  • Drive by the Arizona State Capitol, Camelback Mountain, Orpheum Theater and more
  • Learn about the Sonoran Desert climate and South Mountain Park
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Get an overview of the area and find out about great places to visit at leisure after the tour
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour that starts with pickup from your Phoenix hotel.

Your guide welcomes you aboard your climate-controlled van and provides an introduction to the region’s history as you set out on your sightseeing tour in and around Phoenix.

Phoenix is situated in the Sonoran Desert, a swathe of land that covers 100,000 square miles (260,000 square kilometers) of Arizona, California, and the northwest Mexico. Your guide shares informative commentary about the animal and plant life, geography, and climate of the arid region, and describes aspects of the many Native American tribes in this region.

Some of the natural treasures you see are Camelback Mountain near Scottsdale, and South Mountain Park. From South Mountain’s lookout point, perched at 1000 feet (305 meters) above the desert floor, take in sweeping views of Phoenix.

In downtown Phoenix, your guide points out landmark buildings and sports stadiums that are home to the Arizona Diamondbacks (baseball) and Phoenix Suns (basketball). Drive by the elegant Arizona State Capitol building—built in 1898 as part of Arizona's push to become a state. Then get photo ops of other architectural gems such as the Arizona Biltmore, the Wrigley Mansion, and the former estate of United States Senator Barry Goldwater.

Head into Scottsdale’s Old Town, a vibrant pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with great shops, restaurants and art galleries, and take about one hour to browse on your own. Your guide can provide the inside scoop on local favorites, including places that you can return to later on your own.
Itinerary
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Camelback Mountain
Scenic Formation
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Wrigley Mansion
Wrigley Estate
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Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours
Located in Phoenix
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Old Town Scottsdale
Shopping
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Scottsdale Fashion Square
Shopping
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Orpheum Theater
This venue was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit.
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The Rosson House Museum
It was built between 1894 and 1895 and still sits in its original foundation in downtown Phoenix Heritage Square.

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Phoenix for first time
Militza_C
, Mar 2020
Good timing, few stops for pictures but the guide too kind. We sightseen all the valley and see the cactus, downtown, etc.
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Highly recommended
Trip52039661807
, Jan 2020
Wayne was awesome, very knowledgeable and friendly. Would use him again . enjoyed him alot. Also saw some hidden gems.
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Phoenix Highlights
Phoenix095
, Nov 2019
This tour lived up to its description, with a van taking us to various locations in and around the Phoenix area, including downtown State House, Biltmore, Paradise Valley neighborhood, Hole in the Mountain, Papago Park and Old Town Scottscale. The driver was punctual and courteous and seemed genuinely happy to share his enthusiasm for the Phoenix area. It is probably difficult driving and being an attentive tour guide at the same time, but safe driving should always be the priority.
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Tour of Phoenix
Voyage764378
, Mar 2019
This tour was very informative and pointed our attractions that are well worth visiting. I suggest that a traveler take this tour early in the visit to Phoenix so that you get to see all the attractions in more detail after the tour.
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Disappointed
Seaside671453
, Dec 2018
Tour cancelled day before our tour was to start -said there was not enough participation for the tour and there would be no others for the remainder of the week- waiting on my refund now
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Very good way to see the entire...
Patricia K
, Apr 2018
Very good way to see the entire city. Smokey was an excellent tour guide. Despite bad city traffic got us back in time for our event.
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A great over view of this beautiful...
ELizabeth B
, Apr 2018
A great over view of this beautiful capitol city of Phoenix. Mike was so knowledgeable about the history, the flora and cultural history of the area and had great stories to share. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the State Legislature, the Camelback Mountain property, the Biltmore and Old Scottsdale.
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The guide was 1/2 hour late for...
Michael M
, Feb 2018
The guide was 1/2 hour late for pick-up and acted hurried the entire day. The tour was advertised as half-day but was actually only about 2and a half hours. I was not impressed and would not recommend this tour.
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Tour guide was very knowable about...
Lorraine D
, Sep 2017
Tour guide was very knowable about area, and kept group entertained.
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The tour was rather boring. We were...
Paula J
, Sep 2017
The tour was rather boring. We were going to be dropped off in Scottsdale to shop, which wasn't on the original itinerary. The shops weren't open yet so we just drove around for awhile and then dropped off. They weren't open yet and had to wait for a while longer. A waste of time. The rest of the trip was pretty bland. Our driver didn't have much to say and didn't seem very knowledgeable about the area although he said he lived there a long time. There was actually very little time spent on downtown Phoenix and the buildings there. We just rushed through that part and was very disappointed.

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