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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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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More
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Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale

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Old Town Scottsdale ranks among the Southwest’s top retail destinations, particularly for shoppers looking for Southwestern and Native American art and jewelry. The area is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the West, and the Scottsdale Historical Museum.More
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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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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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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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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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Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Located in nearby Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac is a Spanish Catholic mission dating from 1692 when it was founded by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit missionary. At the time the area was an Indian village, and Kino was the first non-Indian to visit the place, which was then known as Wa:k (although he wrote “Bac,”). It is he who called for the construction of the church, named in honor of San Francisco Xavier; however, the church needed to be rebuilt after 1770 due to destruction from Apache attacks.Because at this time Spanish Jesuits were banned from the Americas, it was rebuilt under the eye of the Franciscans. This is a unique facet of Mission San Xavier del Bac, as it’s one of the few Arizona missions still led by Franciscans, with mass still taking place. Additionally, the church is touted as the oldest European structure in Arizona still intact, and often the country’s best example of Spanish Colonial architecture.As soon as you arrive at the site, you’ll understand why it’s known as the “White Dove of the Desert.” The structure is done in white adobe with a sand-colored ornate entrance, which appears striking against the cacti-filled desert landscape. Inside, original statuary, frescos and sculptures bring history to life with such beauty even non-religious visitors can appreciate it. In fact, the artwork is a highlight of a visit. It is recommended to take a tour with a docent -- which typically take place 9:30am, 10:30am 11:30am and 12:30pm, although call first to confirm -- to really grasp the history of the mission and understand what you’re looking at in the church and museum areas. Before leaving, light a prayer candle and browse the gift shop for a momento of your trip.More
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Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium and Safari Park

Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium and Safari Park

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Arizona’s Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium and Safari Park makes up the largest collection of exotic animals in the state. Many of the animals are endangered species; most recently the zoo welcomed a pair of cheetahs. The park offers a variety of animal encounters to increase awareness. From sea lion shows and petting zoos to giraffe feedings and stingray pools, there is no shortage of face time with the animals.Most recently, the Safari Park was added bringing the total size of the park to over 80 acres. Visitors can experience panoramic views of Africa’s most interesting habitats, including lions, baboons, antelope, and jackals. ‘Dragonworld' features ectotherms, including a large white crocodile, which use their environment to control body temperatures. At times there are even baby animals in the baby nursery that can be visited. Boat, train, and tram rides make the park easily accessible and extra fun.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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Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion

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An Italian-style mansion set in the Arizona desert, the Wrigley Mansion was the vacation home of wealthy chewing-gum entrepreneur William Wrigley, Jr. and his wife Ada in the 1930s. Now a historic landmark and a fine restaurant, the mansion is a popular destination for special occasions, historical tours, and wine tastings.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Perfect tour for first-time visitors in Sedona
Kyuho_H, Nov 2021
Small Group or Private Sedona Red Rock and Native American Ruins Day Tour
This tour provides you a perfect path to visit the most famous sites in Sedona.
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Good for solo travelers
Vanessa_M, Aug 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Good way to see the Grand Canyon without having to drive.
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Awesome experience and worth time.
Bonita_W, Nov 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I was able to see the most breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon and Diane, our tour guide was such a great part of the experience being so memorable.
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Bob_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 Experience
Ashley_L, 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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Robert was great!
Ashley_W, Oct 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Took a trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale with my best friend and her friend, she always wanted to see the Grand Canyon so we booked this tour.
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fabulous experience
Eley_G, 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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Linda_Y, 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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Truly outstanding. What a fantastic...
Michael B, Aug 2017
Signature Tour - Grand Canyon South Rim with Ground Tour
The trip from Phoenix gave a great opportunity to see the interesting parts of northern AZ.
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We had a terrific day!
Joseph_P, Aug 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Jason made a good call deciding to visit the Grand Canyon first, and then Williams on the way back to Phoenix.
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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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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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Superb guide, tour bus not so much
RHONDA_S, Aug 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
How is that even an acceptable excuse at the end of July in Phoenix, AZ summer?
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I came to Phoenix to visit my son...
Catherine A, Oct 2017
Adventure Tour - Grand Canyon West Rim with Skywalk
I came to Phoenix to visit my son for his Birthday.
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We were already looking forward to...
Sandie_A, 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...
Loretta_B, 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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My friend Michele was recently...
Brandon_Q, Mar 2017
Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix
My friend Michele was recently visiting me from Paris France and was looking for some out of the ordinary ways to see the beautiful deserts of the Phoenix area so I suggested a Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride and boy was I glad we did!
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Awesome Grand Canyon tour
Velma_A, Jun 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I’m so glad I ran across this tour when I was searching for things to do in Phoenix.
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