Todd's Story

Todd is the Founder/Owner of Todd’s Amazing Tours. 

Todd joined the Military out of high school, spending 4 years in Germany at the height of the cold war.   In 1989 he returned home, becoming a police officer with his local city.  Starting his own retail motorcycle apparel business in 1999, Todd left police work to pursue his dream full-time.

After 12 highly successful years, Todd sold his company, taking some well deserved time off.  

It didn’t take long before Todd started checking a few things off his bucket list.

  • Gold dredging in Washington State – CHECK
  • Skydiving – CHECK
  • Real Estate investing – CHECK
  • Professional Race Car license – CHECK

It was a busy couple of years.

Todd and Jane Mittness
Jane and Todd
Todd in the Military
Germany - 1986
Todd Mittness as Police Officer
Police Officer - 1997

THE START – As part of running his motorcycle apparel business, Todd had the opportunity to use several private car companies.  While he saw many areas for improvement, Todd never gave the industry much thought. 

As fate would have it, during dinner with friends, Todd volunteered to drop-off his buddies in-laws at the airport early the next morning.  The experience was Todd’s first, however his passengers were seasoned private car experts.  Once at the airport, Todd was talked into a second ride.  Those first passengers felt Todd had something to offer the industry, spurring further investigation.

After experiencing the market first hand, Todd became passionate about improving the PRIVATE CAR experience.

Like many of his Clients, Todd values true commitment and professionalism, something he felt could be improved.   Todd quickly came to the reality that:

Just about anyone can drive a car, but few drive safely.

Many can show up at a location, but few on time.  

Like in his private life, he had many friends, but only a few were truly dependable.  Todd made it his mission to provide trust, dependability and integrity to the private car market.

TOURS (2016) – Todd’s local business began to grow rapidly; with many Guests returning on their next visit.  

The TOURS part of Todd’s business started much like the Company began; with a simple question…

Todd started helping an AMAZING Guest, who happened to be a dentist attending advanced training in the Scottsdale area.  She had made arrangements to take her office staff on a plane to the Grand Canyon.  As luck would have it, bad weather canceled the flight.  Not wanting to miss the opportunity, she called Todd.  Up to this point Todd had never taken Guests outside the Phoenix Valley.  After having an AMAZING time, Todd set to work to do more.  

In 2018, over 80% of Todd’s company focus is on conducting over 1000 tours a year.

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Helicopter Tour Option

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Our Advantage – We tailor your helicopter tour around your ground tour, MAXIMIZING your experience.

Our Approach – Todd setout to perfectly blend the ground tour with the helicopter adventure, making BOTH BETTER.  

We’ve discovered that by seeing the remote overlooks FIRST (East end of the National Park), it elevates your helicopter flight to yet another level.  Now when your Pilot points out a landmark below, we’ve already seen it from the ground.

We actually modify your ground tour to heighten your helicopter tour experience.  Rather than go into the Park through the busy South entrance, we’ll swing around the East entrance.  Starting at the East entrance allows us to start with the remote overlooks, ending at the Grand Canyon airport.

The Other Guys – The odds are someone in your mixed group isn’t doing the helicopter tour, tossing a wrench in everyone’s day.  You’ll be dropped off at the airport, while the rest go into the park.  Both groups end up waiting, wasting valuable time.

Sunset and Stargazing Option

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The National Park Service has announced that the Grand Canyon National Park has officially received its International Dark Sky Park certification. 

Our Approach – We adjust our pick-up time, so you leave later.   

SUMMER: From the Phoenix area, Approx. 1PM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 12:30AM return.  Sedona area, 3PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

WINTER:  From the Phoenix area, Approx. 11AM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 10:30PM return.  Sedona area, 1PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

todds amazing tours arizona toursDeparture times VARY throughout the year.  We will contact you by email with your actual departure time.

While there are several places to take in the dark, glowing sky, we focus on the more remote overlooks.  Typically, they’re less crowded.

While the entire Park is “Dark Sky” certified, we’ve found that the further away from the historic village, the better.  Many of the remote overlooks don’t have a light bulb within 20 miles.  However, it’s incredible the intense glow that can emanate from a cell phone… 

The remote overlooks offer seclusion, which is perfect for stargazing.

The Other Guys – Simply, most tour companies don’t offer a tour after dark.  Also, the mixed group tours depend on “seat volume”.  Simply, filling seats.  While AMAZING, most visitors want to go during the day.

Of course your family/group isn’t restrained by these limitations.