Salt River Shuttle's chauffeurs run a fleet of SUVs, vans, and party buses between the metro Phoenix area and the picturesque shores of Salt River. They safely drop off families of fun-seekers and groups of friends or coworkers at a stretch of placid riverfront flanked by massive red-rock formations and open fields. After disembarking, passengers are free to spend lazy afternoons floating down the gentle current in tubes or the mouths of friendly sea monsters before drivers reappear to transport them home.
Ranked as one of the top five tours in Phoenix by TripAdvisor, Taste It Tours explores Phoenix's bustling and burgeoning restaurants. Local experts guide groups to the restaurants that highlight Phoenix’s local eateries, weaving architectural, historical, and cultural information into their narration along the way. Most tours last three hours and may cover up to two miles on foot. The up-to-six-stop tours serve up a sampler that many guests equate to a full meal and that many bears equate to a prehibernation brunch.
Inspired by The Amazing Race, CityScape Adventures—held across the United States—entangle race participants in webs of 12 puzzles and challenges in citywide races to the finish line. Participants compete in teams of two, using their wits, teamwork, and underground network of mutant-turtle spies to complete the tasks given at the start of the race. The 12 challenges take the form of puzzles, riddles, and clues that guide treasure hunters to a specific location within the city, where each team must complete a special task using only their cleverness and muscles. Players can also use the Internet, and the winning team is usually the one that best leverages its resources. The first team to successfully complete all tasks and vault over the finish line will receive a prize and assembly line of high-fives.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
So goes the nursery rhyme. The creative team behind Jack and Jill's Haunted Hill, however, has added its own petrifying twist to the famous stanza. Though its Jack and Jill made the pentametered trek up the hill for water, the search led to an abandoned mine. Overcome by curiosity, the two entered and never left. The haunt's proprietors invite intrepid guests to venture into that mine to discover the sinister forces that claimed Jack and Jill, and to learn more about how rhyming leads to imminent death. The mine's terrifying secrets frighten visitors until 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Friday and Saturday, though family-friendly sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. let patrons embark on less spine-tingling tours.
Arizona's landscapes are a vast and rugged place, home to deserts, canyons, and raging rivers. Arizona Tour & Travel helps guests experience this masterpiece of nature firsthand. For more energetic excursions, guides also enable off-road adventures that send visitors through the back-country or plunging into the rapids of the Colorado River. On the many tours to choose from, guests may see everything from sweeping views of the Grand Canyon and red rock formations in Sedona to Monument Valley, Navajo tribal lands, and historic ruins.
Arizona Hot Air's gravity-defiant captains usher passengers across awe-inducing desert landscapes inside a multicolored balloon. An air balloon pilot slings trivia factoids from ballooning history as the ground crew prepares the afternoon's air-filled transport. Then passengers—equipped with a first-flight certificate and a precautionary jetpack—ascend into the skies for a gentle flight over North Phoenix's picturesque desert, clinking glasses with the pilot during a complimentary toast. The balloon's intimate cabin offers passengers unhindered views of the seemingly endless terrain during a personal ride, devoid of large groups of spectators or throngs of mail haulers training their carrier-pigeon flocks.
After going on a number of boring hikes around Phoenix, the husband-and-wife duo behind Vertical Hiking Tours decided they had the perfect solution—pair hikes with other fun things to do in Phoenix. On one of their hikes, for example, the group explores the Phoenix desert while a photographer teaches techniques for capturing its natural beauty. On another desert hike, the group makes frequent stops to strike yoga poses, guided by a yoga instructor. Every excursion is also helmed by a guide certified in CPR, and First Aid.