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Monument Valley: 2.5-Hour Tour with Backcountry Access

1. Monument Valley: 2.5-Hour Tour with Backcountry Access

See all the sights of Monument Valley on a 2.5-hour small group tour led by a local guide. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Visit sandstone arches and famous monuments such as the 3 sisters, John Ford Point, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window and Sleeping Dragon. Stop by West and East Mitten Buttes and capture the perfect picture of this iconic landmark. Marvel at spectacular panoramas. Admire natural structures that will leave you speechless. Immerse yourself in Navajo culture. Learn about the history of this incredible place. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a bonus rug weaving demonstration and enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide.

Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

2. Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

Enjoy this small-group tour of Monument Valley and discover the breathtaking monuments you’ve seen in photos and western movies. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole and more. Travel by safari-style open-air vehicle or by an enclosed van in cold or hot weather. Your guide will share with you a lot of interesting facts about the Monument Valley. You will even visit the backcountry of the valley, that you can’t visit on your own. Learn many interesting facts about Navajo culture and visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home with a bonus opportunity to watch a rug weaving demonstration (dependent on weather and other circumstances) and to enjoy a ceremonial musical performance by your guide.

Monument Valley: 3.5 Hour Extended Tour & Backcountry Access

3. Monument Valley: 3.5 Hour Extended Tour & Backcountry Access

Treat yourself to a 3.5 hour tour of Monument Valley with plenty of time at each stop to take the perfect picture and enjoy the views. This tour is ideal for photographers and visitors who want extra time to explore and learn more about the area. In addition to main monuments such as Mitten View, Three Sisters, John Ford Point, Sleeping Dragon, Traditional Hogan, The Big Hogan, Moccasin Arch, Sun's Eye, Totem Pole, North Window, Artist Point, see the scenic Ear of the Wind arch and Anasazi Ruins. The views of the sights on this tour will leave you speechless. At the end of your tour, enjoy a musical performance from your guide and a visit to a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, where you can learn a lot about the history of this incredible place.

Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

4. Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic roundtrip train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars. The Grand Canyon Railway boasts 64 miles of breathtaking scenery that leads to Grand Canyon National Park. This century-old railroad brought people from some of the wildest parts of Arizona to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Journey back to the Old West with the help of authentic characters who bring music and stories to share with you along the way. You will then get to the canyon around lunchtime with ample time to hike and enjoy the park. Afterwards, you will then return back to Williams, Arizona.

From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

5. From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.

Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

6. Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

Learn about the famous Sedona vortexes, which have defied explanation for years on a walking tour. See why people from all over the world have extraordinary and enlightening experiences here. Jump into a jeep and prepare for a fascinating tour for the skeptic, the academic, and the seeker alike. Head to a couple of sites and walk around and learn about the history of these sites thought to emanate mystic energy. Hear stories of people from all over the world, who experienced the energy these sites promise. Open your eyes to the different cultural beliefs that surround the vortexes and see if the vortexes can connect you to another power. Explore the possibilities, the history, and the various cultural beliefs surrounding the vortexes. Learn about the ways in which you're connected to the earth from Chinese medicine to American Indian lore and New Age mysticism. Immerse yourself in this unique experience on a small group tour with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

7. From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

Head to Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan, Arizona for a fantastic 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Departing from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar above the Kaibab National Forest for amazing views of the Marble Canyon and Point Imperial. Watch in awe as the South Rim gradually drops away, providing one of the most memorable views of the entire canyon. Climb above the North Rim, and experience the fabulous bird's-eye views before heading through the Dragon Corridor, the canyon's widest and deepest part. See in the distance the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by the Hopi Native Americans. Your journey then follows the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River, back over the Kaibab National Forest, and on to Tusayan. Relax as you take in the views from a state-of-the-art ECO-Star Helicopter with individual leather seats, wraparound glass for outstanding visibility, and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out.

Tombstone: Adults-Only Walking Tour

8. Tombstone: Adults-Only Walking Tour

Explore the spooky side of Tombstone on this ghost-themed adults-only walking tour. See the city’s most popular haunted spots and hear fascinating stories about the ghosts of its past. See fascinating locations like the Bird Cage Theatre and the O.K. Corral. Hear stories of the city's infamous past, as you immerse yourself in Wild West heritage. Listen to stories of bullets and bordellos, and learn about the cast of characters who called Tombstone home. Stroll the city's streets with a guide who is an expert on its dark, haunted history. Become a history buff after learning about the historic events and figures that helped shape the unique culture of this storied place.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

9. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Embark on a full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon with a narrated bus tour. Throughout the day, admire scenic views of the Joshua Tree Forest National Park, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start with pickup from Las Vegas and meet your professional driver/guide who will provide information about the sights along the way. You will receive a light breakfast snack upon boarding the Grand Canyon bus. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and an amazing view of the Bypass Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim, enjoy your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. Take in the spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River below are breathtaking. Afterwards, return to Las Vegas with drop-off at your hotel.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas and admire the canyon’s West Rim from above. Get picked up from your hotel in Las Vegas and head on down to Boulder Terminal for your check-in. Board the air-conditioned passenger aircraft, and prepare for take-off. Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona. Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations as you benefit from expert commentary in 1 of 16 languages. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder Terminal and be dropped off back to your hotel in Las Vegas, where your tour will end. You can request a commemorative flight certificate, and personalized photos are available to purchase.

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Our guide Ely was very kind and caring. He offered us drinks and snacks at any time, his explanations were comprehensive and very interesting. He gave good tips and also took very nice photos of us. The helicopter flight was very impressive and a highlight.

From the time you step into the helicopter to the time you get back it’s worth every dollar you spent, if you planning to visit the Grand Canyon this is a good opportunity to experience it from above ground

Casey was a great tour guide for this trip. He is very knowledgeable about the Sedona area and did a thorough job of acquainting all of us tourists with facts and stories.

Tour guide was great. Amazing views in Sedona! Definitely worth the trip.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area here in Sedona