Tour to the heart of the Verde Valley, recently named a Top 10 travel destination by Lonely Planet, from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Highlights of this day tour include the mining town of Jerome, the historic Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, and stunning views from your first class seat and a delicious lunch at the Verde Canyon Railroad.
After the hotel pick ups, our first major tour stop will be the historic mining town of Jerome. Mining in Jerome started in the late 1800s and over the course of its history has produced approximately 33 million tons of ore including copper and gold. During our time in this historic mining ghost town, we will explore the history that made it “the wickedest town in the West.”
After our Jerome tour, we’ll visit the copper mining mecca of Clarkdale and the Arizona Copper Art Museum. Using the original schoolhouse, the Museum tour showcases more than 5,000 unique pieces dating back to 3500 BC. During our time at this world-class art museum, guests will explore both functional and artistic uses of this second-oldest known metal on the planet. From the functional uses in home kitchen supplies and tools throughout time to the ornate works of art used to adorn palaces and castles, the wide uses are nothing short of amazing!
From the Arizona Copper Art Museum, we will tour to the historic Verde Canyon Railroad for a chance to be a part of that history. The very first tracks were put down over 100 years ago to transport local workers and ore mined from the surrounding Jerome mountains and are still in use today.
The unspoiled wilderness you will tour through is a scenic and historic treasure that has left people in awe since 1911. With stunning views of the Verde Valley from either your first class seats or your open-air viewing car, the casual elegance of the train allows guests to discover the heritage uniqueness of the landscape and its diverse ecosystem. From the stunning 1,800-foot tall red rock canyon walls as we get closer to Sedona to the consistently rippling waters of the Verde River, the scenery explored on this four-hour journey is truly breathtaking. As it is said, “it’s always a good day when you’re on a train.”Highlights
- Exploration and shopping in the historic mining town of Jerome
- One hour tour of the new Arizona Copper Museum
- Views of the Verde Canyon from your first-class seat or open-air car on the Verde Canyon railroad • Delicious lunch and appetizers at Verde Canyon Railroad
- Arizona Copper Art Museum entrance fee
- First Class seat on Verde Canyon Railroad
- Appetizers on the Verde Canyon Railroad
- Unlimited bottled water
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe areaDeparture Days
Wednesday and SaturdayDeparture Time
Between 6:30 am and 7:30 amReturn Time
Between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pmTransportation
Detours custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.Cancellation Policy
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.Notes
A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.