About Phoenix Rising Tour Company: 

  About Us:
Phoenix Rising Tour Company aims to provide the most comprehensive, entertaining, and engaging tour experience possible. Participants will be presented with  a historically accurate overview of downtown’s origin, knowledge of our iconic and precious landmarks, and a taste of the places and people that make Downtown Phoenix unique.  
Our guides and employees are Arizona natives, residents, and Phoenicians with a passion for sharing Downtown Phoenix’s history, culture, and community. 
 ​ The Inspiration for our Tour Company:  
  "Downtown Phoenix" by J. Seth Anderson, Jim McPherson and Suad Mahmuljin,  serves as the inspiration for our tour company.  The book is filled with images of special places and stories that perfectly capture the incredible evolution of the urban heart of the desert valley.  We hope to bring this book to life by showing you the many wonderful gems pocketed throughout Downtown Phoenix that speak not only to where our city has been, but also where it is going!

"Downtown Phoenix" 
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Meet our Team

Jill Johnson 
Jill Johnson is manager and tour guide at Phoenix Rising Tour Company. 
Jill, a native Arizonan, has a passion for sharing downtown Phoenix’s history, culture, and community. 
Jill has years of experience working in downtown Phoenix and as a U.S. tour guide. Read more about Jill's story here .
Denise Minter
Denise joins the Phoenix Rising management team as an experienced educator, tour professional, and event facilitator.  A “transplanted Phoenician” originally from the Midwest, Denise has great  enthusiasm for the vibrancy of the US’s 6th largest city, and brings to the team her penchant as an active arts advocate and cultural connoisseur.
Natalie Young
 As a native Arizonan who has lived within 15 minutes of downtown Phoenix all her life, Natalie has witnessed the evolution and growth of the downtown area for the last two decades. Natalie has a deep appreciation for the history, culture, and quirks of her urban home, and she cannot wait to share these unique stories with all of our patrons.
Lisa Parks
Lisa hails from the Midwest and has called New York, Boston and San Francisco home before taking on Phoenix in 2005. Since then, she's become an advocate that's dedicated to the bicycle friendliness of the city. Of course, two-wheeled transportation is her favorite way to get around and she loves to encourage others to hop on a bike. Lisa looks forward to showing you the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of Phoenix on her bicycle tours.
Chelsea Smith
 Chelsea Smith is a Pilates and dance instructor in Phoenix and a resident of Downtown Phoenix. She heads up our Coffee Crawl walking tour combining a passion for good coffee and creating engaging and fun experiences that connect, inspire, and educate people about Downtown Phoenix.