If you have friends or relatives visiting you in Phoenix, or you are in the Phoenix area on business or for any reason, you don't want to miss the opportunity to see Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is easier to get to than the Grand Canyon -- and some people enjoy it more than the Grand Canyon. You'll find unparalleled red rock scenery, great shops, outdoor activities and more. Of course, if you are interested in vortexes, Sedona is the place for you! Of course, the Grand Canyon is magnificent, and if this is your only opportunity to be close by, I highly encourage you to visit this natural wonder.
I do not personally endorse any of the tour companies mentioned here; please read the reviews provided at the link to TripAdvisor. Tours appear here in no particular order.
Note: The first two companies on this list will pick up from select Greater Phoenix hotels/resorts. Others require that you get to Sedona on your own.
"Our day trips showcase the best that Arizona has to offer with Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Apache Trail, Tombstone, and Phoenix/Scottsdale City Highlights Tours. If a single day is not enough time to enjoy amazing views and the rich cultural history of Arizona, we offer overnight touring options available in Sedona and the Grand Canyon."
This tour company picks up at most Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe hotels.
On the Magical Sedona Day Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale. The first stop is Montezuma Castle National Monument with the ancient cliff dwellings of the Sinagua Indians. In Sedona, you'll make stops at Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chapel of The Holy Cross, Indian Gardens and then to Red Rock State Park next to Oak Creek. Take a scenic drive through Seven Canyons, visit Airport Mesa and Tlaquepaque, a shopping village with galleries and unique one of kind shops along cobblestone walkways, archways, fountains, and colorful gardens.
Other tours offered include:
Grand Canyon and Sedona Combo Day Tour
2 Day Grand Canyon and Sedona Tour
2 Day Overnight Grand Canyon Sunrise & Sunset Tour
Scenic, off-road and high adventure fun in spectacular red rock country. Tours offered include the popular Broken Arrow Tour (my favorite!), the Diamondback Gulch Tour, and the Touch-the-Earth Sedona Vortex Tour.
This company promotes itself as offering The Original Sedona Vortext Tour. "Sedona Red Rock Tours gives you a first-hand experience of vortex energy where you will immerse yourself in this powerful gift of nature and learn how to harness the energy to experience real transformation in your life."
Other offered tours include:
Sedona Yoga Tour
Medicine Wheel Tour
Sedona Chakra Tour
Sedona Guided Hikes
From the U.S. Forest service: "State Route 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.
Before you drive into the canyon you'll want to stop at Oak Creek Canyon Vista. Here you can get a bird's eye view of what awaits you down the road and, at the same time, shop for Native American jewelry and other craft items from the local Native American artists who set up displays along the pathways."
You can certainly take this scenic drive on your own, or you can arrange for a guided tour with a local tour company.
Offering guided bus tours in Sedona, Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona.
Scenic Sedona Tour
Historic Railway Tour to Grand Canyon
Ancient Landscapes (Petrified Forest, Painted Desert & Meteor Crater)
Ancient Peoples (Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, & Wupatki National Monuments)
Antelope Canyon Tour
"Hear, see & experience the story behind Sedona’s magnificent setting. We visit The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Vortex sites, Oak Creek Canyon, Tlaquepaque, Bell Rock and other wonderful locations on this comprehensive Discover Sedona Tour."