Climbing Mount Everest is one of the best ways to grasp nature’s enormity, rivaled only by sailing the Pacific or filling the Grand Canyon with mashed potatoes. Bask in finger-licking beauty of a natural giant with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a Grand Canyon tour from Great Ventures (up to a $179 value). This Groupon is only valid on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, both of which have three local pickup points:
- Phoenix pickup at 6:30 a.m. at Happy Valley Towne Center in front of Sport Chalet. Tour groups will be returned at 7 p.m.<p>
- Sedona pickup at 8:45 a.m. at the bus parking area on U.S. Route 89A next to the Red Rocks Western Jeep Tours office. Tour groups will be returned at 5:15 p.m.<p>
- Flagstaff pickup at 9:45 a.m. in the south end of the Walmart parking lot on Woodlands Village Boulevard, across from the Ramada Hotel. Tour groups will be returned at 4:45 p.m.<p>
Great Ventures’ guides whisk wide-eyed guests through some of Western America’s most breathtaking sites during exciting and educational Grand Canyon tours. Tour-goers who depart from Phoenix absorb views of the Sonoran Desert and awe-inspiring ponderosa pine forests en route to snagging guests in Sedona and Flagstaff. From there, fully assembled groups roll past the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the San Francisco Peaks, where volunteer choirs hum lullabies to keep dormant volcanoes tranquilized. Upon arriving at the Grand Canyon, visitors climb to the top of Watchtower Observatory and imbibe a panoramic view of the canyons before refueling with lunches pre-packed or purchased at locations around Desert View Point. As a final perk, guests can traipse through Grand Canyon Village and corral souvenirs from a lineup of historic buildings, museums and merchant carts operated by retired riding mules.
Throughout the tour, informative docents dish out engaging and educational bits about passing sites. A luxurious tour bus cossets travelers in comforting splendors, including spacious seating, large windows, and large storage compartments for souvenirs such as plastic, full-scale Grand Canyon replicas.
Though Great Ventures sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Red Rock Western Jeep Tours
For over 30 years, Red Rock Western Jeep Tours has been carrying groups up and down the sun-warmed crags of the Sedona canyons in jeeps and helicopters and on horseback. Each means of exploring has advantages, whether it's the feeling of cresting a ridge on a trusty horse or the sweeping panoramic view provided by a helicopter. The tours, which can be customized for groups of 2–200 people, brings you to places of natural beauty or locations of mystical importance in Sedona folklore. No matter which tour patrons are on, they'll be led by an experienced guide.