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From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

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The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

2. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

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From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

3. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular “Seven Wonders of the World”! This Grand Canyon Railroad Tour offers you an up-close and personal tour of this inspiring canyon. Your Grand Canyon Tour starts off with a scenic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (noted as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. After this, head to the train depot in Williams. When you board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, be entertained by cowboys and enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as the train travels back in time during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys riddled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, explore the views of the canyon and the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village. Afterward, get time to enjoy lunch on your own (lunch not included) and rejoin your guide to continue across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Making your way along the canyon rim, experience the stunning views over the Colorado River Gorge. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. On the return trip, tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and see various scenic overlooks. Visit the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation—one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts.

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From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

4. From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon in luxurious comfort. You will enjoy the ride in an upgraded Mercedes Sprinter Van, with only 10 seats. This ensures quality time and personal attention from your guide. Begin with a drive up Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top most scenic highways in the country on the way to the East entrance of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy your gourmet boxed lunch on the rim of the canyon at Desert View, home to the Desert View watchtower, standing 60 feet above the rim and offering unparalleled views of the Colorado River down at the base of the Canyon. There will be plenty of stops at various scenic overlooks as you head west to the Grand Canyon Village. There, take in the historic architecture of El Tovar, shop at the Hopi House, and continue to soak in the aweinspiring views of the canyon walls before returning to Sedona.

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From Flagstaff: Sedona Red Rock Explorer Day Trip

5. From Flagstaff: Sedona Red Rock Explorer Day Trip

Discover the otherworldly energies of Sedona during a sightseeing tour leaving from Flagstaff. Get picked up from your Flagstaff hotel and travel in comfort and style offering great views of Sedona’s famous red rock landscapes. Enjoy a scenic ride through Oak Creek Canyon, one of the top 10 scenic drives in America, as you descend 2000 feet in elevation to reach your destination. Cover from one end to the other and everything in between on the most comprehensive introduction of Sedona. Learn all about the history, geology, folklore, and legends of one of the most interesting places in the world. Learn about the many vortexes unique to this desert landscape and make stops at Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Airport Overlook for magnificent views and photo opportunities. Your experienced and entertaining guide will ensure you have a seamless sightseeing experience with ample time to soak up your surroundings. Then, you'll have the afternoon to explore the numerous art galleries and lunch options at your own pace.

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Grand Canyon Full-Day Hike from Sedona or Flagstaff

6. Grand Canyon Full-Day Hike from Sedona or Flagstaff

Your small-group hike begins with pick-ups in Sedona and Flagstaff.  After a beautiful drive through Oak Creek Canyon and the San Francisco Volcanic Field, begin your hike at one of the best trails on the south rim. This moderately strenuous hike descends approximately 1,100 vertical feet over 1.5 miles into the very heart of the canyon. During the course of the hike, enjoy amazing views of the canyon from different lookout points . Lunch will be a wonderful picnic along the rim.  After lunch, choose between several options.  For those who want to continue with some hiking, take a scenic 3-mile rim walk. For those who wish to do some sightseeing, enjoy a tour to Grand Canyon Village, Lipan Point, and Moran Point.

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What people are saying about Oak Creek Canyon

Our guide was awesome he took the time to take us to every accessible point of the Grand Canyon gave us ample time to sightsee and gave us all of information about the Canyon. He was very informative and made sure all of us were having a great time.

Everything on our tour was excellent! Knowledgeable driver, comfortable van, great value!! We could relax and enjoy the scenery and the entire day!

We hit many scenic overlooks with our guide from our private small coach, didn't have to wait for park transport.

We loved it! We learned so much and stopped at the best spots along the canyon. Definitely would recommend.

Beautiful scenery and lots of short breaks made it easier on my knees