Arizona air tours begin in the small town of Tusayan which is situated near the South Rim about three hours north of Phoenix. The Vegas air tours lift off from the Strip in Vegas and from an airfield in Boulder City. Holiday air tours are popular and the tours fill up in advance, so be sure to book your tour as soon as you can.
Booking online is the best way to ensure that your tickets are secured, and that you get the best prices. Again, you'll have to book quick, because New Year's Eve is one of the busiest times of the year for these Canyon tours.
Touring the Canyon by helicopter is a fantastic experience. When you book a tour that departs from Vegas, you get to choose between a tour that lands at the Canyon and one that is air only. Helicopters out of Vegas fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on the way to the Canyon, and the air tours circle the rim and head back while the landing tours set down at the Canyon.
I recommend landing tours because they offer the most comprehensive Canyon experience. You can choose to land at the bottom, where there's a Champagne picnic or a Colorado riverboat ride awaiting you - just take your pick, and you can even do both! If you land at the top, there's the Skywalk, the world renowned transparent platform that allows you to step right over the edge of the Canyon. If you have time, you can even purchase tickets for both landing tours, allowing you to see everything that there is at the West Rim.
The Tusayan air tours are all air-only because helicopters are not allowed to land inside the Canyon at the South Rim. This part of the Canyon is filled with spectacular natural beauty and you'll get to see it from the air as your helicopter flies over to the North Rim and back to the South Rim. There are two air tour options, and one of them lasts 30 minutes and the other lasts 50 minutes. Book the longer tour if you can because you'll get to see the South Rim, North Rim, and all the land over to the eastern Park border, which amounts to about 75 percent of the whole National Park. You'll get to view many famous landmarks from the air, including the massive Dragoon Corridor.
Touring By Airplane
Plane rides will take you on the exact same routes that helicopters do, with the only difference being that they fly at higher altitudes. If you travel from Vegas to the West Rim, plane rides can only land at the top of the Canyon, but you will have an option to purchase helicopter tickets to the bottom. You also have the Skywalk at the top, and plenty of viewing areas and walking trails.
You can also fly to the South Rim on a plane tour from Vegas. The flight time is only an hour, whereas it would take you over five hours to get there by vehicle. From there, you could include the South Rim helicopter tour, or even a massive 2.5 hour bus tour that takes you to all the landmarks near the South Rim.
The airplane tours follow the same path as the longer helicopter tours. You'll see the entire land between the North and South Rim and over to the eastern border, which makes up about 75 percent of the entire National Park land.
If you have a larger group then an airplane tour could be your best option. With capacity for 19 passengers, rather than the 6 in a helicopter, planes are perfect for groups of friends, families, or business teams.
There are several options to choose from when you plan your New Year's flight over the Canyon. There is a tour for any taste and budget, and you can depart from Arizona or Vegas and go by plane or helicopter. Some of the most popular tours to consider are the 50-minute air tours of the South Rim, and one of the landing tours of the West Rim. These tour options allow you to have a comprehensive experience at the Canyon.
Book now to avoid disappointment, and book with your credit card online. You'll get the best rates, and will be all set for a fantastic New Year's holiday adventure at the Canyon.
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