You can fly to the West Rim near Vegas, or even Arizona's South Rim. Flights operate daily, and depart every hour. You can choose from air-only tours, or landing tours that take you right down to the Canyon.
If you choose a West Rim tour, your helicopter is allowed to descend into the Canyon and land on the bottom near the Colorado River. As you can imagine, these tours are popular, so they sell out fast, and that's why you need to go online and buy your tour as soon as you can. It's a good idea to book your tour when you make your hotel reservations so you don't put it off and forget. Waiting too long means you risk paying more for your seats if you can find any available.
Helicopter Tours Of The Canyon
As an added bonus, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are along the flight path to the Canyon, so you get an aerial view of them as well. Once at the National Park, you will complete a scenic flyover, before heading back to Las Vegas. If you take a landing tour instead, you'll have time to explore the Canyon. I prefer landing tours because they offer more adventure. For instance, one of the landing tours flies to the bottom of the Canyon, where you can toast Valentine's Day with a Champagne picnic. The Skywalk is on the West Rim too, so you'll get the chance to experience standing on the glass bridge that's suspended 4000 feet above the floor of the Canyon if you're brave enough to try it.
If you fly to the South Rim, or if you start your tour from Arizona, you will be able to choose between a 30 minute, and 50 minute Canyon tour. The shorter one heads to the North Rim, and back to the South Rim. The longer tour includes the eastern area of the park, and will have you gazing at over 75% of the entire National Park. I recommend the longer tour, because the increase in ticket price is worth it for the additional sightseeing.
Airplanes take the same routes as helicopter tours, with the differences being that they fly at higher altitudes, and they can't land at the bottom of the West Rim. Planes also seat 19 passengers, while helicopters can only accommodate 6. If you're travelling in a group, an Airplane may be the best option.
Airplanes can't fly to the bottom, but they can land on top of the rim, so you can still enjoy all the fun activities at the Canyon including taking a helicopter ride to the Canyon floor. When you take a plane tour of the South Rim, your airplane follows the same path as the longer helicopter tour. If you want a land experience at the South Rim, you can add on a scenic 2 1/2 hour bus tour through the park.
Airplane tours are more affordable, but you do have the tradeoff of diminished visibility as compared to a helicopter tour. When you take a tour on a deluxe helicopter, you get panoramic views from a wraparound windscreen on the chopper, but when you fly on an airplane, your views are limited to the sights you can see outside the window by your seat.
Whatever you choose, I know that you will have a fantastic time at Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. My recommendation is that you spend as much as you can afford. This is one of those places where you really do get what you pay for. The Champagne picnic landing tour is my favorite at the West Rim, while the 50 minute helicopter tour is my recommendation for the South Rim.
Choose one that suits you, and make this Valentine's Day the best one yet.
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