Arizona is a land teeming with beauty, culture, and possibilities. There’s so much to do, see, and learn that sometimes the best thing to do is to schedule a tour of an area in order to get a well-rounded experience of an area. Today we’re going to take a look at a handful of places in Arizona that offer incredible tours that show off the contrasting aspects of our state.
1. Antelope Canyon tour
This gorgeous slot canyon is only accessible with a guide and a tour through the striking red rocks is one you won’t forget any time soon.
2. Arizona State Capitol tour
Although our state has outgrown the Classical Revival building, it now serves as the Capitol Museum with pieces of Arizona history up on display. Located at 17th Avenue and Adams Street, the museum presents a historical point of view of our government, as well as a peek int the state library, court chambers, and other areas of the building.
3. The Grand Canyon
Our most-visited attraction, there’s plenty of touring options to take here. If you want something unique, try a mule ride or a guided hike along one of the rims.
4. Heard Museum
The Heard Museum offers several guided tours but we recommend the “Home: Native People in the Southwest” tour. It guides you through an exhibit featuring the Indigenous people of Arizona and the Southwest, offering you background information behind art, jewelry, and even full-sized home structures.
5. A tour through Jerome’s haunted streets
Jerome has TONS of touring options including ones that focus on the ghostly presence you can find in the town. A ghost tour will guide you through the town to learn about the haunted buildings, hidden areas, and tragic events in Jerome’s history.
6. Kartchner Caverns
If you want to see what’s happening in Arizona’s underground scene, try booking a tour in one of our cool caves. One to check out is Kartchner Caverns, a cave that was discovered fairly recently and one that is very much alive since the formations in here are still slowly growing.
7. Lowell Observatory
Still a believer in Pluto’s planet status? If you are (or just love astronomy and history), you should check out Lowell Observatory, which offers several guided tour options during their day hours. The one to check out is the Pluto Tour, which takes you on a walk to the observatory’s buildings, the Pluto Discovery Telescope, and even learn about the immense size of our solar system.
8. Queen Mine Tour
The old Copper Queen Mine dates back to Arizona’s Territorial days in the 1880s as one of the most productive copper mines in the country. Take a ride on a minecart into the cool abyss (about 47 degrees) from a former miner.
9. Sedona Pink Jeep Tour
Here’s one that I still have yet to do. The Pink Jeep Tours, which offers off-road and back-road tours of some of Arizona’s most iconic landscapes, was named one of the best tour companies in the U.S. in 2015 by Trip Advisor.
10. Tucson Bike Tour
This bicycle-friendly city is perfect for unique tours of the city on bike! Tucson Bike Tours offers a variety of options that take you on a 3-hour tour through the university, downtown, historic neighborhoods, and interesting sights you can’t see from your car window.