But be aware, it's December already, so seats are filling up fast. You need to book your tour as soon as you can, but try to have it locked in at least a week in advance. You'll find the best deals on air tours online and if you buy your tour online using your credit card, you can immediately and easily reserve your seats.
Tours leave from Las Vegas and Arizona, and you can even fly to Arizona from Vegas if you're more interested in seeing the South Rim. There's plenty on offer for the adventurous traveler.
Airplane Tours From Las Vegas
All planes that leave Las Vegas will fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on the way to the Canyon, and that's just the beginning. Once you're at the Canyon, the plane will perform a scenic flyover. If you're looking for more, there are landing options available, and I highly recommend that you take one.
Tours land at the top of the rim, and from there you can take advantage of a number of additional packages. There's the Skywalk viewing platform, for starters, which will place you on a transparent platform that is around 4000ft above the bottom of the Canyon, and 70ft over the edge. Cameras are not allowed on the glass platform for safety reasons, but a professional photographer is stationed on the platform to take a photo to commemorate your exciting experience.
You can also fly to the bottom of the Canyon in a helicopter. This is a popular option for visitors at the Canyon. There's a Champagne picnic option, or even a boat tour on the Colorado River.
South Rim Tours
You can start your tour from the South Rim, or you can fly out there from Las Vegas. South Rim tours are based right outside of the park boundary.
Although there's a shorter 30 minute flight, the 50 minute flight is the best option at the South Rim. You'll see a lot more on the longer tour, so the bump in price is worth it. This tour goes to the remote and mystifying North Rim. Then it flies to the eastern border, and then heads back to the South Rim. Why do I love this tour? Because you'll get to see about 3/4 of the entire National Park when you take it. The Canyon and surrounding Park lands are massive, so the tour covers a lot of ground. You'll even fly over the mysterious Dragoon Corridor, and this lets you see the deepest and widest section of the Canyon.
Even though the planes can't land at the Canyon Rim, there are additional tours available from Tusayan. There's a 4x4 jeep tour to get you up close and personal with the sights, and there's a massive 2.5 hour bus tour which will take you around the most famous landmarks.
Airplane tours are all-inclusive, so there are no extra costs once your tour is underway. Nineteen people can ride on each tour, so touring by plane is a good choice when you have a large group or family that wants to go on the same tour together. Most importantly, the planes have been designed for optimal viewing. They have oversized viewing windows, and the wings are mounted above the windows, so there's nothing to block the view. If you're coming from abroad or have companions who are, there is in flight-narration, which can be provided in 10 major languages.
New Year's Eve is a special time, but often we find ourselves doing the same thing, year after year. Booking a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas or Arizona will allow you to do something truly special this year, and make the most of the holiday. Remember that you need to book early, as this is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. Make your booking online, and use your credit card to complete the booking. You'll get the best price and will have no stress with your booking when it comes to the day for your tour.
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