Presiding right in the middle of nowhere is a desert city in the pristine Arizona known as Phoenix, famous for magnificent mountain views and extremely rare cacti. The landscape in this city is riddled with plenty of parkland, trails, and golf courses. In another area of Arizona are the red rocks and calming presence of Sedona, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. One thing is for certain. Arizona is diverse. If you decide to make the trip there, there’s plenty to do but we decided to play fantasy here. What if you had all the money in the world?
Here are ten things to do in Phoenix with an unlimited budget.
1. Multi-day Sedona and Grand Canyon South Rim trip
Travel to Sedona through the Sonoran Desert, famous for colorful scenery and art galleries. You can decide to take a two or three day tour and admire the great rocks of Sedona, ride a historic train, and visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. For the first day, you can take a five-hour narrated tour of some of the greatest sights and then explore Sedona’s Gallery Row, Tlaqupaque shops, and Uptown. On the second day, journey through the Oak Creek Canyon to the red Sedona rocks, and then progress across Flagstaff’s ponderosa pines and San Francisco’s dormant volcanoes on your way to the Grand Canyon. The charges are about $2000 for a group of five.
2. Maverick Helicopters
Ride through the Oak Creek canyons, past Sedona, on the road to the Grand Canyon in the comfort of a 4 by 4 helicopter. Fly high above the natural park and then enjoy your lunch at one of its charming points. At Sedona, you will get to enjoy the scenic streets and even take photos with the popular Red Rocks. Once you get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you can explore the park and savor the grand scale before climbing a luxury Eco star helicopter for a spectacular flight. All these will cost you about $1340 for five.
3. Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Make memories while admiring the breathtaking Grand Canyon and beautiful Northern Arizona in a single day. A luxury minivan will transport you from your Phoenix hotel to Sedona, where you will be surrounded by the famous red rock formations. Cruise through the Mojave Desert along the Historic Route 66 in air- conditioned comfort as you enjoy commanding sights at the city of Flagstaff and the Colorado River. A helicopter will be waiting for you at the Grand Canyon National Airport, which will take you above the Grand Canyon Northern Rim. Excellent views include massive buttes protruding majestically above the canyon floor, picturesque gorges, and several towering temples. Each trip costs about $1580 per group of five.
4. Bradshaw Mountains UTV or ATV tour
Enjoy memorable views of a rugged desert terrain complete with abandoned gold mines, creek crossings, and intense slopes while controlling every drop and turn with your very own hands. Certified tour guides commentate their vast knowledge of the desert history, wildlife, and plant life during this adventure. Board either a multi-person utility terrain vehicle (UTV) or personal ATV across the red-rock rimmed desert trail, which includes the Bradshaw Mountains’ rolling foothills and the Agua Fria River. This is the only place in the entire world where the infamous saguaro cacti thrive in the wild, which can reach up to 150 years of lifespan at a height of four to fifteen meters. At a cost of $845 per 5 member group, this is definitely one of the best things to do in Phoenix with an unlimited budget.
5. Rainbow Ryders: Hot air balloon ride
Ride over the Sonoran Desert and the city of Phoenix via a 9-storey hot air balloon, where you will be treated to a champagne toast as you sit back and enjoy panoramic views of the rich nature, dramatic landscapes, and diverse wildlife. The adventure starts as you enter the woven basket, the burner is ignited to inflate the balloon, and you feel yourself lifting off gradually into the open sky up to 5,000 ft above the vast desert. The pilots are FAA-certified and knowledgeable in the nature of the Sonoran Desert, as well as hot air balloon safety. As you drift across the Arizona sky, you will watch as the sunrise forms a golden hue through the sky, float amidst the Four Peaks, and sweep above the wild tree tops. The entire trip costs about $880 for five.
6. Lake Pleasant Private Watercraft Rental
Here, you will find expert trainers demonstrating the particulars of fun and safety on the 100,000 acres of lake water. There are beautiful sites for hiking, camping, fishing, boating, or even picnicking beside the shore. A knowledgeable instructor will take you through the adventure, teaching you all the ins-and-outs of the water craft operation and significant lake etiquette. Once you learn how to maneuver the craft safely, you can choose between the Kawasaki Jet Ski, Sea-Doo RXP, Yamaha WaveRunners, or the turbo-charged Honda AquaTrax. The average price for the whole experience is around $1010 for a 5-member group.
7. EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
If you have an unlimited budget, take the opportunity to board the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle and take your holiday vacation to a whole new level. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned veteran or an inexperienced rider, the unmistakable thunder of this vehicle’s engine will give you an unparalleled adrenaline boost. The rental experience comes with everything you need to travel in style and comfort. There are multiple Harley Davidson motorcycles to choose from, including the Electra Glide, Road King, Heritage Softail Classic, and the Fat Boy – all these at a cost of $155 or $755 for five guys.
8. Extreme Hummer Off-road experience
How about romping through a rugged terrain full of car-sized rocks, riverbeds, and intense slopes in the comfort of a Hummer H1? Of course, you’ll be accompanied by experienced guides to illuminate the nature of the state’s “outback,” and the lush landscape. The adventure starts at the outskirts of Scottsdale, in the spectacular Sonoran Desert trails, from where you will board a fully personalized Hummer H1, complete with a roll cage to ensure maximum safety. The adrenaline rush from the breathtaking plunge down heart- stopping steep slopes will leave you mesmerized. Hang onto the H1 as it zigzags through human-sized cactus plants and ploughs across the deep river beds. For this unforgettable experience, you will part with around $815 per five persons.
9. Rainbow Bridge and Lake Powell air tour with Scenic Airlines
Enjoy twenty five to thirty minutes of air-time across the fabulous Lake Powell and harmonious Rainbow Bridge. The journey starts from Page for a scenic journey above some of the most iconic natural wonders of the world. Rainbow Bridge, which was formed several million years ago, is one of the world’s largest stone bridges and one of America’s most admired natural attractions. Next, travel over the clear, extensive waters of Lake Powell – the second largest manmade reservoir in the United States at 299km (186 miles) length and 3,058km (1,900 miles) of shoreline. Watch out for sights of boaters and rock climbers before you return to your take-off destination at Page. The overall charge is approximately $735 for a group of five.
10. Pink Jeep Tours: off road cactus canyon adventure
Desert creek beds, steep canyons, dormant volcanoes, towering mountains – and that is just the beginning. This tour takes you through the Sonoran Desert back roads for stunning views of the treasured Southwest landscape. A Jeep Wrangler will pick you up from your hotel for an off-grid adventure filled with sweeping vistas surrounded by jumping cholla cacti, ocotillo, and majestic saguaro. An expert guide will be provided, who will provide useful insight into the culture and history of the Yavapai Nation, as well as the vast desert ecosystem. Relax as your tour guide transports you along rugged trails and up steel hills overlooking the immaculate Yavapai Nation landscape. If you are traveling in a group of five, you will pay around $680.