From Las Vegas, you can reach the West Rim and the South Rim of the Canyon. The West Rim, which is 120 miles away, takes about 30 minutes to reach while the South Rim, which is 277 miles to the east, takes about 60 minutes. And both fly a similar flight path, going over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Colorado River.
There are basic flights to the West Rim and these are your cheapest option. But frankly, I prefer the landing tours because you can add a trip to the bottom by helicopter, a boat ride down the Colorado River or a full access to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk, the all-glass bridge that lets you walk up to 70 feet over the edge.
This landing helicopter tour is awesome, because you will be able to enjoy a Champagne picnic at the bottom. Another upgrade you can add to your tour is a boat ride along the Colorado River. At the top of the Canyon, there's the famous Skywalk, a glass platform that extends 70ft over the Canyon edge. Of course there are plenty of walking tracks available, so if you love some light to moderate hiking, you will love the West Rim.
If you are traveling with a group of friends or other couples, an airplane tour will allow you all to get to the Canyon in one trip. Planes seat 19 people, while helicopters only seat 6. Most importantly, airplane tours are around $100 cheaper than helicopter tours.
South Rim Airplane Tours
There are direct flights from Vegas to the South Rim/Tusayan. Upon arrival, you can opt to do a rim-to-rim helicopter ride or stick with the bus tour that comes with all packages before re-boarding your aircraft and heading back to LV.
(For those coming up from Sedona or Phoenix, you can choose between a 30/50-minute helicopter ride and a 50-minute airplane tour. I recommend the longer flights because once you do them you'll have seen up to 75 percent of the Park.)
The bus tours that come with the Vegas plane rides are quite an efficient way to see the National Park. For the most part, they stop at all the key landmarks and lookouts, including Mather Point and Yaki Point. You also get to check out Grand Canyon Village, the commercial hub of the Park.
Don't Delay Or The Tours May Be Full
As mentioned earlier, Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year at the Canyon. You will need to book at least two weeks in advance, to secure your seats. Remember that you will need to book using your credit card, because this is how you will lock in the best prices and your booking confirmation.
I hope this article about Las Vegas airplane tours to the Canyon proved helpful as you plan your romantic getaway. I recommend taking a landing tour, especially the one that comes with a helicopter ride to the bottom. And most definitely I like the direct flight to the South Rim. Both of these trips are incredible. And if you decide to take one during Valentine's, you'll experience a day you'll never forget.
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