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How to Spend 3 Days in Phoenix

How to Spend 3 Days in Phoenix

Phoenix is an ideal base for desert adventures and day trips to Sedona or the Grand Canyon. From land tours to aerial sightseeing, there are many ways to enjoy three days in and around Arizona’s largest city—including shopping and dining in nearby Scottsdale. Here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect 3-day Phoenix itinerary. 

Day 1: Metro Phoenix in Your Pocket

Get to know downtown Phoenix, aka the Valley of the Sun, with a half-day sightseeing tour of landmarks such as the State Capitol, Camelback Mountain, and Wrigley Mansion. Alternatively, visit the fashion outlets or head to the boutique shops of Old Town Scottsdale. When you’ve worked up an appetite, set off on a food-tasting tour of its culinary delights. For a bit more adventure, zip around on a Segway or zoom around the desert on an ATV with a guide to show you the way. If temperatures are too hot, cool off at the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium for a family-friendly afternoon with the kids. As night falls, Wild West–style saloons and hip bars beckon on a pub crawl. If serenity is what you seek, ride the skies in a hot air balloon at dusk and toast the sunset with Champagne. 

Day 2: Further Afield

With so much to experience beyond metropolitan Phoenix, spend your second day outside of town. A driving tour through the Sonoran Desert takes you to the red rock country of Sedona via the Navajo Nation. You can soar across much of Arizona on a Monument Valley air and Jeep tour. Or follow the Apache Trail on a tour through the legendary Superstitious Mountains to the former mining town of Goldfield and then cruise Canyon Lake aboard a steamboat to get a sense of Arizona’s Old West. Ride a Hummer into the desert in search of nocturnal creatures at Tonto National Forest, home to bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Or float past desert cliffs and canyons on a scenic boat ride across Saguaro Lake. There are options to suit everyone, including quiet stargazing through a telescope for budding astronomers. 

Day 3: The Grandest Canyon of All

The proximity of Phoenix to the Grand Canyon is hard to beat. From full-day tours and flights to multi-day explorations, there are all kinds of ways to experience the national park, counted among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. To get there quickly with top-down views, plan a combo tour by land and air, with your choice of helicopter or airplane tour narrated from above by the pilot. You soar over the emerald ribbon of the Colorado River, or view Tonto National Forest and the Red Rocks of Sedona by flying direct. Fly over the South Rim and explore the highlights on a scenic drive around the canyon. Or combine a West Rim helicopter flight with a stroll on the breathtaking Skywalk. 

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Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix

Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix

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This Grand Canyon day trip combines sights from both land and sky. After departing Phoenix, take a scenic drive including a stop along Route 66. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, which follows the Colorado River. Then have plenty of time at legendary Grand Canyon National Park, including a canyon rim driving tour before returning to Phoenix by luxury van. Choose between a small-group or private tour.
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  • 13 hours
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$429.00
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$429.00
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Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

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Take in the highlights of Phoenix and Scottsdale, the largest cities in the Sonoran Desert, during this tour with a knowledgeable guide. Discover history and architecture in downtown Phoenix, at the Arizona State Capitol, Arizona Biltmore and more. Learn how Phoenix has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Neighboring Scottsdale features a vibrant downtown district full of local businesses and cultural events. Choose between a small-group or private tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$89.00
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure by Plane with Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure by Plane with Skywalk

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Experience the majesty of the American Southwest with a full-day, all-inclusive tour to the Grand Canyon by air. Enjoy a round-trip scenic flight from Phoenix, and touch down at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, site of the Hualapai Reservation. Travel on land to Eagle Point for Native American cultural performances, sweeping views of the Grand Canyon, lunch on the canyon rim, a helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon, a boat cruise on the Colorado River and admission to the thrilling Grand Canyon Skywalk.
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  • 7 hours
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$746.67
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Grand Canyon South Rim by Airplane with Ground Tour

Grand Canyon South Rim by Airplane with Ground Tour

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Marvel at the Grand Canyon's vast expanse and some of the American Southwest's most awe-inspiring terrain during a scenic flight from Phoenix. Your pilot flies at the perfect altitude to clearly view the natural beauty of Arizona, including Tonto National Forest, San Francisco Peaks, Montezuma Well and the Red Rocks of Sedona. Choose either an air-only tour, or experience this majestic wilderness from the ground and air on a day-long tour that includes a stop in the National Park and lunch.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$616.54
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Apache Trail and Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

Apache Trail and Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

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While visiting Phoenix, travel back to the Old West during a full-day tour along the Apache Trail. Your informative and entertaining guide takes you through the Sonoran Desert to Goldfield, a once-bustling mining outpost that has become a ghost town loaded with 19th-century artifacts and attractions. Admire the beauty of Canyon Lake during a steamboat cruise, and visit the quirky town of Tortilla Flat. You'll experience the history and natural beauty of Arizona during this fascinating tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$158.14
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3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Rail Experience

3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Rail Experience

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Travel from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon on a 3-day semi-independent tour in the American Southwest. Start with a road trip through the Sonoran Desert and Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. On day two, step aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway for a train journey to the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, take a coach tour along the rim to absorb the majestic natural wonder and have free time on day three to see more, with options such as a helicopter tour available before returning to Phoenix.
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  • 2 days
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$820.22
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2-Hour Arizona Desert Guided Tour by ATV

2-Hour Arizona Desert Guided Tour by ATV

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Spend time aboard a single-rider ATV during a thrilling off-road tour in the Sonoran Desert. Ride on rugged and rocky trails in the scenic Bradshaw Mountains and cross the Aqua Fria River during the scenic journey. Your guide is knowledgeable about the region's plant life, wildlife, and history, with plenty of stories to share.
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  • 3 hours
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$97.00
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Party Bike Pub Crawl of Old Town Scottsdale

Party Bike Pub Crawl of Old Town Scottsdale

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The best way to experience any city is by bike. The best way to experience Scottsdale is drunk! Get the best of both worlds during this 2-hour party bike pub crawl through Old Town. Perfect for any celebration, you and up to 14 friends will visit three of the best local bars for drink specials and camaraderie via a people-powered superbike (sober pilot included). BYO and a raise a glass to the locals while peddling between bars.
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  • 2 hours
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$59.00
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SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona Admission Ticket

SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona Admission Ticket

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Visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona in Phoenix with these guaranteed Low Price admission tickets. Step in out of the hot Phoenix weather to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of undersea creatures. Learn about different types of sea life, from tropical sharks to simple sea stars. See the carefully constructed displays, crafted to mimic the animals' natural habitats. Get close-up views of fascinating marine life that typically exist at the bottom of the ocean.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$19.40
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Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix

Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix

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The Sonora Desert is at its best light at sunset. See the desert beauty from above with this sunset ride in a hot air balloon under the skilled guidance of your FAA certified pilot. Be treated to views of the desert plants and wildlife as day changes into night. Following the trip, land in the desert and celebrate your adventure with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$198.99
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