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.
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.
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.
Helmed by animated guide Marvin Neer, Segway Expeditions’ fleet of i2 segways zips along urban pathways and desert landscapes during scenic tours of Phoenix and Scottsdale. After strapping on fitted helmets, guests throw lassos around the handlebars of nearby segways and hop onto their backs to begin a 15-minute safety lesson. Marvin then leads packs out on tours of Papago Park, Scottsdale Green Belt, South Mountain Park, or Tempe Beach Park, commenting on the local flora and fauna as they swoosh by. A gyroscopically self-balancing mechanism keeps the segway stable as it cruises at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, so riders need not worry about falling off their metallic steeds during sharp turns or impromptu jousts.
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and National Firefighting Hall of Heroes have almost one whole acre of fire history packed into their exhibits, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of firefighting equipment from across the ages and the world. The four galleries of machinery are grouped by era, for the most part, making the grounds a virtual tour through time. Take in the view of one of America's earliest motorized fire engines with the Type 400 and contrast it with an English Angus engine formerly used by the Nottinghamshire department, among many others. Or head to the helmet collection to see more than 400 helmets from Great Britain, Germany, France, and America. There are also many hands-on activities for children, such as interactive exhibits, an American LaFrance truck to gambol and cavort upon, Junior Firefighting workshops, and storytimes for the littlest firefighters.