American Photo Tours
American Photo Tours

Tours of the Spectacular American West and Beyond

Join us for a brand new season!

We now offer new tours to the Cascades, Sierras and winters in Yellowstone as well as a Majestic Tour of Colorado. Full meal plans are standard and we have also included narrow gauge train excursions on some tours, and cog railway tours in New England as well. Contact us about private and custom tours to our extraordinary sites or the best photographic opportunities to most anywhere in the world! We are enthusiastic about making your adventure a dream come true!

Check out our New Calendar for 2022!
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Contact us about your preferred itinerary and dates! We do Custom and Private Tours to most any destination in North America and around the world!

Sample Tours - Click on pictures below

Colorado Majestic Tour Colorado Majestic Tour
7 Day Tour
The beautiful mountains and canyons of Colorado, the wildlife and frontier history, plus a narrow gauge railroad trip! This is adventure! Learn more
Golden Circle Tour Golden Circle Tour
14 Day Tour
This new tour is the most comprehensive journey we offer through the icons and wilderness areas of the Southwest. Call us! Learn more
Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef Tours Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef Tour
7 Day Tour
Three of the West’s most extraordinary national parks are found in southern Utah. These three, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef provide some of the most stunning colors of rock found in nature. Learn more
Grand Canyon Tour Grand Canyon Tour
7 Day Tour
Your tour will include visits to both the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon, a boat excursion on Lake Powell, and the haunting beauty of Antelope Canyon. Learn more
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Tours Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Tour
7 Day Tour
The grand idea for the national park concept in the US and the world was realized first at Yellowstone National Park – the first of its kind. Learn more
Olympic National Park and the Columbia River Gorge Tours Olympic National Park & Columbia River Gorge Tour
7 Day Tour
This adventure is made for people who love water, flowers and the sea! Few trips venture into this region of the far Northwest for more than a day or two, and that leaves so much undiscovered. Learn more
Desert Spectacular Tour Desert Spectacular Tour
7 Day Tour
This tour will take you to some of the finest examples of desert “hoo doos,” slot canyons and landscapes on the Continent and to two Navajo Tribal Parks, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Sign up today! Learn more or Sign up today!
Emerald Circle Emerald Circle Tour
14 Day Tour
Our newest tour is a unique and very exciting exploration of the Northwest. It is an incredible blend of waterfalls, craggy coast, mountains and the beautiful cities of Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia.
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New England Tour New England Tour
8 Day Tour
One of the most spectacular regions of the United States in Autumn is New England and we travel there to capture its very best colors and excitement.
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Smokey Mountains and Piedmont Tour
7 Day Tour
Greet the Spring with a wildflower and waterfall tour! Be the first to experience the very best Spring tour ever! Learn more
Best of the West Coast - Book Tour Best of the West Coast Tour
12 Day Tour
Join us for an extended tour of the West Coast of the US visiting some of the most significant natural sites along the Pacific Coast, and possibly adding a tour of San Francisco as well. Join us!
California Winter Tour California – The Mountains to the Sea!
7 Day Tour
A winter tour de force of the most beautiful scenery in the Great Bear State. We will visit both the Sierra Nevada and the Big Sur Coast at their most inspiring – in the winter!
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Arizona New Mexico Winter Tour The Desert Southwest - In the Winter!
7 Day Tour
Get away from the doldrums of winter weather and join us for a tour of the best of the Southwest. White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, the great cactus forests and desertscapes are some of the highlights of this winter get away.
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Experience the unforgettable beauty of the world and then relive it for a lifetime!
Covid Safe! All of our staff and field guides are fully covid vaccinated, Pfizer, and will have obtained additional boosters by November 30, 2021. We follow all prescribed Covid protocols when traveling anywhere in the country including the more stringent requirements on Native American Reservations. Travel with confidence!

Our new 2022 Season Begins!

American Photo Tours

We at American Photo Tours offer a unique experience for all of our clients:

  • Our tours are all-inclusive
  • We maintain an open schedule of tours
  • Our clients have an opportunity to plan custom and private tours
  • We specialize in the western US, but arrange international tours too
  • All of our clients are offered comprehensive technical photographic guidance
  • We travel to numerous national parks, Native American sites and National Monuments as well as beautiful unexplored locations
  • Our tours offer landscape and nature photography as well as cityscapes
  • We travel with solo clients, and groups limited to 6 photographers
  • Tours can be arranged for private groups for any itinerary

Give us a call or email us with your ideas and plans, and we will design a spectacular photographic trip for you, and your group.


Scroll down our tour list and check out our destinations

• View as many of our photo galleries as you like (there are 22 on our site!)
• Dream about what you would like to see and photograph
Contact us about custom destinations, tours and dates – send us your ideas
• Send us an email or phone 480-924-4943
• Let us help you create your trip of a lifetime!

2018 Tour teaser photos

  • New! Helpful Articles on Photography by Greg Smith
    Greg Smith shares his insights and experience on photography. Check out Greg's first articles on "Photographing Lighthouses," and "Capturing Images in National Parks" with more to follow during the coming year. Click here.
  • Photographs of 2016, A Gift from Greg & Phyllis Smith
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  • Gallery of 2015: A Tremendous Year of Travel!
    Enjoy a presentation of photographs by Greg and Phyllis Smith from the 2015 season. Spectacular photography from their travels in 2015.
    Click here. (PDF File 85M)
  • Gallery of 2014: Banner Year!
    This year has been a great adventure as we traveled from Maine to California, and Canada to Texas exploring the beauty of this wonderful continent. Most of the tours have been custom trips fulfilling dreams, celebrating anniversaries and filling out bucket lists for photographers from the Americas and as far away as Australia. We are always excited about designing new itineraries and visiting new places with our client friends and would like to encourage you to send us your ideas and plans, or just join us for one of our wonderful journeys into the landscapes of North America and beyond. For now, visit our Gallery of 2014 images taken on our tours to see what is in store for you in 2015 and beyond. Contact us about your ideas and let’s go exploring in the coming year! .

    Mountain Sheep Ram North Rim Aspens
  • Group/Private/Custom Tours!
    American Photo Tours offers a full range of tour experiences in the US and southern Canada. Our eye opening group tours are listed on this page and are for groups from 1-8 travelers. Our private tours are for one-on-one travelers and small groups from 1-8. These tours allow travelers to choose their own itinerary and time frame for travel anywhere APT goes in North America. Custom tours are for travelers in groups who would like to reserve any of the designated itineraries but wish to select their own time to travel. Call us with your ideas and we will make sure your dreams are realized!
  • Retirees and Seniors!
    All of our tours are designed with retirees and seniors in mind. We make special arrangements for people wherever possible, and bring our travelers as close to the wonders of the landscape as possible to reduce walking and increase the comfort of this extraordinary experience. Our private tours, we have already scheduled 7 for the 2013 season, are designed with retirees and seniors in mind to set a comfortable pace and explore the places that you have dreamed about for a lifetime. Contact us about your dreams and personal needs and we will help you realize those dreams through the images you create!
  • Choose your own date to travel!
    We will arrange any tour around your schedule for 1-8 travelers, as long as it doesn't conflict with the posted schedule.Travel when you want to!
  • You will visit some of the most spectacular national parks and landscapes found in North America.
    After 25 years of providing guidance and educational programs related to these natural wonders, as well as many other sites around the world, we have naturally evolved into a very effective tour company to serve you.
  • Avoid the boredom and hassle of long bus rides from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.
    Our tours start as close to the parks and scenic landscape as possible saving you hours of travel time so you can enjoy your valuable vacation exploring, relaxing and doing what you want to do.  
  • Our groups are limited to no more than 8-10 people for any tour. We specialize in small group experiences.
    Our tour groups are from 4-10 people and we stay in very comfortable smaller inns and motels that allow for better rest and an opportunity to relax and enjoy the immense out of doors.
  • Our tour schedule runs from late spring through the autumn months to take advantage of the changing seasons and the best weather for the sites we visit.
    We plan carefully to arrive at our locations at the most interesting times of the year. That might include fog on the west coast, warm sunshine in the canyons or crisp autumn days in the high plateau of Yellowstone. The goal is to make your visit as invigorating and interesting as possible.
  • Bring your camera, whether it is a good quality point and shoot, or a high end DSLR or film rig.
    Your trip will always be more memorable with pictures! Whatever your level of experience or interest in photography, if you want to learn a few tips or perhaps new techniques for capturing your life in pixels or on film, we are here to help.
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