Phoenix Metropolitan Area For first-time visitors

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Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

1. Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

Embark on a guided day tour of the famous Sonoran desert, off-roading in your single-passenger or 4-person ATV on some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of Phoenix. Travel through giant Saguaro cacti, deep canyons carved by flash flooding rains, and cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Spot desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail, and even rattlesnakes. Start your tour 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. Ride along creek crossings and soak up the gorgeous views of the Arizona landscape.  Accompanied by a certified guide, learn about the plant life, wildlife, history, and climate of the area. Hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived, and evolved in this unforgiving desert.

Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

2. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

Pick up a ticket to the Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S. nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park. Explore the home of over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. Discover over 2.5 miles of walking paths, divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails, each taking about 1 hour to complete. Admire a variety of inhabitants, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, African Lions, and more. Learn about the threats that endanger many of the species and wildlife you encounter and discover interesting facts about Jurassic ecosystems with animatronic dinosaurs and installations.

From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

3. From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. Explore this famous location and take the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

4. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

Travel in a spacious and airconditioned van day trip from Phoenix or Scottsdale to Lower Antelope Canyon and take a walking tour with a Navajo guide. Discover the natural beauty of the Horseshoe Bend on a self-guided hike. Be picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale in the morning and relax in the van on the drive to Page. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Reach Page and head to Lower Antelope Canyon where you can capture pictures of the slot canyons and their colors and formations. Travel into the canyon with a Navajo guide. Stop to refuel with a delicious lunch before going to Horseshoe Bend.  Take a self guided hike at Horseshoe Bend for 80 minutes and explore this horseshoe-shaped curve in a canyon carved out by the flow of the Colorado River. Return to your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale at the conclusion of your tour.  .

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

5. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

6. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Come see thousands of creatures including sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Touch a sea star or walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. Marvel at over 30 unique displays and encounter these amazing creatures from the graceful jellyfish, the beautiful seahorse, or the clever sea turtle. Get up close and personal with the local residents of Arizona’s Salt River at the freshwater exhibit. Come see the Shoaling Ring and watch as hundreds of barred flagtails swim around you. Discover the Bay of Rays and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Escape to the Temple of the Seahorse and see these mythical creatures up close.  Escape to a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef exhibit. The Coral Reef is bustling with their underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Visit the Conservation Cove exhibit and learn about how SEA LIFE Arizona works to develop a system of care and best practices to protect the oceans and its creatures.

Phoenix: Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

7. Phoenix: Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

There is no better way to escape the summer heat than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River. As you cruise below cliffs and past beautiful desert scenery, look out for native wildlife. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, you'll be ready to go.  This self-guided float is the most convenient way to explore the area. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch, no Tonto Pass required, and launch from a private kayak beach. Embark on an around 2-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van to return to the ranch.

Phoenix: Sun Valley Ghouls Haunted Walking Tour

8. Phoenix: Sun Valley Ghouls Haunted Walking Tour

Discover the history of downtown Phoenix on a walking tour through its haunted streets. Experience chills as you hear stories of the city’s dark past. Meet outside the historic Hotel San Carlos and learn about the spirits that inhabit this inn. Continue to St. Mary’s Basilica, where ghosts have been seen in the archway doors. Pass Nobuo at Teeter House, and hear the tragic tale of Melinda’s Alley. Let your knowledgeable guide share spooky stories as you walk the city streets.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

9. Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

Enjoy a guided hiking trip designed to be more than a simple nature walk. This hike is accessible to a wide range of abilities so that individuals of modest fitness levels, as well as more active ones, will enjoy themselves. Traverse trails chosen not only for their scenic beauty but also accessibility, safety, and low volume of other visitors. Experience the unforgettable Sonoran Desert as you've never seen it before. Hike the Sonoran Preserve, where there are a variety of trails available. Marvel at the natural beauty of the desert while getting in a workout that is great for hikers of all levels of experience.

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This tour was very worthwhile. The ride to the grand canyon was very scenic and the tour guide gave a lot of hosiery and cool information throughout the entirety of the day. She was very knowledgeable and versatile to work with. Due to some inclement weather, she had to rearrange some things during our tour but she did it in a manner that we didn't even notice and it definitely didn't take away from the quality of the tour. I believe the tour guide s name was Diane or Diana. She was excellent. We enjoyed every moment from start to finish. She constantly made sure everyone was comfortable and well hydrated and just overall, made the tour very enjoyable.

Our guide Diane was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the canyon and route to it was phenomenal. It was an incredible day we will always remember. This small group tour had it all and allowed us to enjoy the canyon with time and insight. We arrived to cloud but it lifted to the most magnificent vistas and a rainbow over the canyon. A highly recommended day!

The staff at REI, met all are expectations for my wife and I. The experience and knowledge we gained will always be appreciative. Shout out to Jim King and Denny " like the restaurant " .

Richard was a great guide. such an awesome experience. Our group of 7 divided into 1 HTV and 3 ATVs. Our ages ranged from 17 - 73. We all had a great time!

We had a really good time! Was a fun rocky terrain.