Appreciating the Grand Canyon without a means of transportation is pretty difficult, which is why these amazing tours from Phoenix are the perfect solution.
Nothing can prepare you for that initial Grand Canyon experience, where the earth opens up beyond the forest, giving way to a vast, craggy abyss. Elk and deer roam the rims, and a network of roads winds between different viewpoints, each one offering a fresh perspective on a natural wonder. The South Rim is accessible throughout the year and can be accessed most readily on a tour from Phoenix, or its adjoining city of Scottsdale, in Arizona, which are roughly 230 miles (370km) away. These five tours take care of the details, letting you make the most of your Grand Canyon trip.
Grand Canyon tour with Sedona and Oak Creek from Phoenix
Be sure to bring a spare battery and memory card for your camera, because this tour from Phoenix stops at one stunning vista after another over 13 hours. Pass through the Sonoran Desert, with its characterful saguaro cacti, see the Red Rocks of Sedona and then get a taste for deep fissures in the earth at Oak Creek Canyon. This is merely the appetizer before the main course, though. You will get the chance to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at main viewpoints and even wander a trail or two, before the return journey. From $199 per person.
Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix
Understandably, the round-trip distance of around 460 miles from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon takes up quite a chunk of time. But one of the major perks of this journey is visiting the famous Route 66, another iconic Arizona landmark. You will also have around three hours to experience the awesome beauty of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim’s GC Village, plenty of time for you to walk part of the South Rim Trail, from which you can experience a magnificent, ever-evolving view. Tours depart daily from Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. From $219 per person.
Sedona and Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix
One thing that many first-time visitors to Arizona may not appreciate is that there are natural wonders all over this part of the USA, beyond the Grand Canyon. This slightly longer, 14-hour tour takes in the beautiful, barren monoliths around the desert town of Sedona roughly midway through the journey. Continue on the scenic drive, through Oak Creek Canyon. At the Grand Canyon there is time to visit two of the best viewpoints on the South Rim. Make the most of your tour guide’s expertise in the region’s geography, geology and natural history. From $245 per person.
Private Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix & Scottsdale
Another great tour from Phoenix and Scottsdale to drive along a stretch of Route 66 is this highly rated experience with DukOUT. Their guides receive rave reviews for their insight and local knowledge, providing live commentary on the journey to illuminate the natural beauty all around you as you head for the South Rim. You’ll make numerous stops along the way, including a visit to Cameron Trading Post, where the Navajo sell souvenirs. Departures are more regular in summer. From $350 per person.
Small group Grand Canyon helicopter and ground trip from Phoenix
To take your Grand Canyon tour from Phoenix to the next level and get a bird’s-eye view, it’s possible to throw a helicopter flight over the stunning natural wonder into your itinerary. Appreciate the grandeur and scale of the Grand Canyon by flying over its deepest and widest sections during a 45-minute flight. The rest of the tour follows a familiar pattern, with stops at popular sights such as the Sonoran Desert and Route 66. Two hours is also allotted in the Grand Canyon National Park for on-ground exploration. From $489 per person.