Vacation with Flash from Southern Arizona to the Grand Canyon

by Valerie Demetros

You don’t have to travel far to find luxury travel ideas. Some of the best experiences are just a drive away.

If you’re looking to vacation in style while staying close to home, your choices are unlimited these days. Here are a few to get you started.

Private Aerial Tours

If you’re thinking about seeing Arizona in style, how about just you and your travel companions on a private flight?

Fly at the perfect altitude on a full-day tour to see the spectacular beauty of Tonto National Forest, San Francisco Peaks, Montezuma Well and the Red Rocks of Sedona. While flying, watch for wildlife as you learn about the geology and history of the area.

Your private day includes a guided hummer tour, lunch, air tour and transportation to and from Deer Valley Airport.

About $985 per person;

Private Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour

Take in two of Arizona’s most magnificent natural spaces from Flagstaff. This tour travels through northern Arizona, through the Navajo reservation, Glen Canyon region/Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell.

Head to the edge of the Horseshoe Bend overlook with your tour guide, then enjoy a gourmet picnic-style lunch at the Glen Canyon Dam overlooking Lake Powell.

Next, you’ll walk through magical lower Antelope Canyon and take memorable photos. The staff provide drinks and snacks throughout the day and even eucalyptus-infused towels.

About $250 per person;

Private Helicopter Tour of Sedona

If you live in northern Arizona, chances are you’ve already seen Sedona. But have you seen it from up above yet? Take a private helicopter tour to see it in all its glory.

Depart from a private terminal toward Sycamore Canyon, pass by historic Jerome, then enter Sycamore in all its beauty. Take a journey deep into Boynton Canyon to explore the marvelous Sinagua cliff dwellings before entering the Lost Canyon, Secret Canyon to see world-famous Sedona.

Enjoy door-to-door shuttle service with specially arranged landing sites offered close to your departure and destination.

Starts at $319 per person (min 3 passengers);

Miraval Arizona

Miraval expands across 400 acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson and offers wellness opportunities in a luxe environment. No detail is overlooked: in-house nutritionists, farm-to-table gourmet meals, amazing desert views, equine program and digital detoxes.

Visit the tri-level pool complete with waterfalls, or experience Naga Thai massage using silk scarves suspended from pulleys.

Luxury Glamping in Arizona

Even though you love luxury, you can still appreciate the outdoors with its dark nights, brilliant stars and sense of peace. It’s time to start glamping in a luxury tented suite.

You’ll be surrounded by miles of ponderosa pine forests as you settle into a luxury tent and enjoy chef-prepared meals in a secluded location. Tents are fully insulated with 16-foot-wide windows and skylights providing a spectacular way to stargaze. Each tent includes a private ensuite bathroom.

Book a spa treatment and take a hike on the trails while you relax and enjoy nature on your in-state vacation.

Room rates $500 and up;

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