Duration: 13 hours
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
A trip to the Grand Canyon is simply a must-do for anyone visiting Phoenix. On the way to America's most iconic piece of natural beauty, drive through the Sonoran Desert to the red rock country of Sedona, and then continue along a beautiful 17-mile route in Oak Creek Canyon. At the Grand Canyon, drive 23 miles around the rim and make stops to admire the breathtaking landscape and take photos. You’ll also visit the Navajo Reservation, where you can pick up some authentic souvenirs.
Your day trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon includes some of Arizona's most scenic landscapes. Start with a journey through the Sonoran Desert to the red rock country of Sedona, where you will make a morning coffee break and a photo stop. Take a stroll through stunning Sedona before continuing your tour along a pretty 17-mile scenic drive in Oak Creek Canyon.
You’ll travel up into the San Francisco Mountains surrounding the Flagstaff area and continue along sections of historic Route 66 through the town of Williams. You’ll arrive at the Grand Canyon around lunchtime, and you’ll have a break to eat, drink in the boundless wonders of the canyon from great overlooks, take a short nature walk or browse shops for souvenirs handcrafted by the local Indians.
After your lunch break, your guide will take you on a 23-mile driving tour along the rim of the Grand Canyon. This is the main event – incredible view after incredible view of the canyon will keep your jaw in a permanent dropped state. You’ll stop at viewpoints along the way to learn about the canyon from your guide and take pictures.
The rim tour takes about two hours, and then your guide will escort you by van from the canyon to the Navajo Reservation, where you’ll stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post, an authentic Navajo trading post. Here, you’ll learn about the Navajo people, have some time to shop, and enjoy views of the Little Colorado River Gorge and the Painted Desert in the distance.
Conclude your tour with a journey across the Navajo Reservation, back through the mountains of Flagstaff and into the Verde River valley, where a snack stop will be made early evening.