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San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

1. San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

Upon arrival, you will be directed onto the rodeo grounds for a true Texas experience, where you can enjoy delicious Texas BBQ while sipping a cold drink, all the while taking in some good ol' country music. Roam around the Western-themed grounds where you'll find vendors selling cowboy hats, leather goods, jewelry, and more. If an adrenaline rush is what you're after, the mechanical bull lets you put your bull-riding skills to the test. Try your best to hang on for 8 seconds. A life-size, stuffed bucking bull makes for perfect photo opportunities during your visit. After all the food and fun, make your way into the covered arena for a professional rodeo, including an opening ceremony, horse-drawn chuck wagon and longhorn cattle entrance, award-winning drill team, a presentation of the flags, bull riding, team-roping and barrel-racing speed events, mutton busting and calf scrambling for the kids, and much more. Following the rodeo, guests can boot-scoot in the covered pavilion to a live country and western band who will play for hours.

Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

2. Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

With daily departures and convenient pick-up points from most Phoenix metro area hotels, this is the tour to take for a journey to Apache country. You will experience the true spirit of the Sonoran Desert on a full day’s outing. Once you’ve met your guide at your hotel, depart for a drive east in to the Superstition Mountains. You will wind through spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape on the way to Canyon Lake. Before you get there, rest at Goldfield Ghost Town, a fun and fascinating replica of an 1890s mining town. Admission is free, but there are some extras that you might want to enjoy, such as a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train as it circuits the town perimeter. Pan for gold or watch an old West gun fight if you get the chance, or simply stroll and explore the historic buildings and stores. Next you will travel to Tortilla Flat, an authentic remnant of an old West town that is tucked in to the heart of the Tonto National Forest. Here you can grab some lunch and check out who is hanging out at the Ice Cream Parlor. Seat yourself on a bar stool made from real saddles in the Superstition Saloon. The tour continues to Canyon Lake for a 90-minute narrated steamboat cruise. Located at a convenient rest point on the Apache Trail, you will discover fascinating facts about the historic stagecoach route as you watch for the unique wildlife. As you pass through canyons and marvel at rock formations, look out for bald eagles, blue herons, big horn sheep and turkey vultures. Sit back and relax on this leisurely section of the tour. You will soon be heading back through the desert for the return drive to Phoenix.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

3. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

4. San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

Enjoy a 6-day excursion departing from San Francisco to some of the best sites in the Southwestern United States! Your first day will begin with an exploration of San Francisco, including a cruise in the bay, a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, and China Town, before heading off to your first night in Modesto at the Best Western Palm Court Inn. Your second day, if it is the summer, will be spent exploring Yosemite National Park, a 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls located in the Sierra Nevada. Here you'll be able to witness such iconic sites as the highest waterfall in North America at Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Bridal-Viel Falls and the Half Dome. In the winter, the route will explore Monterrey (including the wharf and Cannery Row), then a visit to Hearst Castle, filled with antiques and amazing stories of the rich and famous how have frequented the grounds. Following an exciting day in Yosemite or Big Sur, you will head south toward Las Vegas, where you'll spend the night at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Your third day will take you east through the dessert and Death Valley National Park, toward the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. You will have time following lunch to shop at the outlet mall in Barstow, before continuing onto the Las Vegas Strip to explore some of the most glamorous hotels and venues in the world including Ceasar's Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, the Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. The evening will conclude at one of the world-class shows, and a chance to try your hand at one of the casinos before spending the night in the Ling Hotel. On your fourth day you'll travel south through the desert toward one of the seven wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch you will continue east along the canyon  stopping at some of the many native American market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts, before settling in for the night at the Clarion Inn Page. Your fifth day will begin with a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon and a visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water and sand. You will then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. The tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain wind and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). Following this action packed day, settle in at the Days Inn in Kanab or the Comfort Inn in Cedar City, depending on the time of year. Your sixth and final day will take you to Zion National Park. This park got its name from the Mormon’s who settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas, with an option for a late night return to Los Angeles.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Even though it was raining pretty hard, Frank did an excellent job of staying ahead of the rain and getting us outside. He showed us native Arizona cacti and other plants. We then went on the Dolly for a trip around Canyon Lake. It was awesome even in the rain. Finally we stopped at a wonderful restaurant in Tortilla Flats that had prickly pear lemonade and prickly pear ice cream! Just a wonderful day.

Our guide Frank was great explaining about Phoenix's natural habitat and the different tribes while going to this Apache Trail & steamboat excursion. It was beautiful & relaxing. Happy I picked this. Enjoy!

I had never been to a rodeo…I had seen movies but never a live performance so this was a great experience!!

This was a great entertainment value - -felt like a really authentic Texas experience. Highly recommend.

Tayler was excellent! Very informative! Learned a lot!