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Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

1. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

2. 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.

Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

3. Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see attraction on everyone’s bucket list. This classic tour offers you an up-close and personal experience of this awe-inspiring miracle of nature in a comprehensive full-day adventure. Ride through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation where you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. You will get breathtaking views of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge as you drive. Inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, you will have time to take in the beautiful views of the Canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing vistas that will take your breath away. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim. Become intimately familiar with the exquisite scenery as you take a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim. Afterward, you will have optional time to visit Grand Canyon Village, containing historic buildings and museums. It took nature 2 billion years to create this immense chasm, but you can get to know it in a single day. Returning to Flagstaff, take one last look over your shoulder as the Canyon fades against the desert backdrop. Break once more before being dropped off at your hotel when you stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

4. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Optional Lunch

5. Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Optional Lunch

Explore beyond the rim of this great natural World Wonder on a little–known experience. See more without sacrificing your time, as you sit back and enjoy the Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets IMAX film. Head out on awe inspiring hikes, amazing river rafting, and soar over the Canyon from the comfort of your seat. Experience this life–size film through the awesome power of IMAX Technology, broadcasted on a screen over 6 stories high with 10,000 watts of surround sound. Choose to include a boxed lunch to enjoy before, during, or after the movie. Lunch includes a choice of sandwich (honey ham, turkey, veggie), chips, apple, cheese, a cookie, and water. Stop at the Grand Canyon South Rim in the National Geographic Visitors Center for your IMAX experience, the perfect first stop on your way to the Rim. 

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

6. 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.

From Tusayan: Hermits Rest Hike & Jeep Tour of Grand Canyon

7. From Tusayan: Hermits Rest Hike & Jeep Tour of Grand Canyon

Take a fully narrated adventure to Yavapai Point, the historic Grand Canyon Village, and Hermits Rest. Your first stop will be Yavapai Point, which offers the largest geological exposure of rock layers. The rim to river views are spectacular here. Take in views of Phantom Ranch, South Kaibab, and Bright Angel Trails.  Next stop at El Tovar, Hopi House, and the historic Grand Canyon Village. Then, drive to Hermits Rest and absorb the most scenic view of the Grand Canyon as you go. Your expert guide will take you down below the rim to view authentic fossil beds along the way. On your hike, delight in the breathtaking view of the Hermit Rapids from the rim as well as notables sights in the canyon such as the former Hermit Camp. You will also receive a ticket to the IMAX movie, “The Hidden Secrets,” with your tour.

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What people are saying about Tusayan

Our tour guide Keaton was very knowledgeable and informative. We made several stops, No hiking! Binoculars were provided along with water and lunch. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed trip to the Canyon

Our guide Keaton was excellent. He knew so much about the history and geology of the Grand Canyon. I had been to the Grand Canyon twice before on my own but the tour made it come to life for me!

Awesome Tour Guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He really made the tour excellent. The train was informative and entertaining as well.

Great Guide (John), very informative and kept the interest up all day long.. Very nice job.. Thanks

Marvelous trip. All of us had a fantastic tour. Too many memories to count.