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Top Grand Canyon National Park Excursions For The Valentine's Holiday (Feb.14)

By Jacky O'Shea


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you're looking for something fun and exciting to do over the holiday, you should consider taking a tour of the Grand Canyon. There are several types of tours that depart to the Canyon from Vegas, and you can tour by airplane, bus, or helicopter. No matter what type of tour you choose, you want to book it as soon as possible, because these tours are popular and fill up fast.

Departure Cities

Tours of the Canyon take off from Vegas and from Tusayan, Arizona. The length of time it takes to get to the Canyon depends on where you start from. For instance, if you'll be in Vegas and want to tour the South Rim, you can take a plane and get there in about an hour. If you're taking a bus tour out of Vegas, the ride to the West Rim is 2 1/2 hours and the ride to the South Rim takes 5 1/2 hours. If you begin a bus tour in Phoenix, the bus ride to the South Rim will be just under four hours.

West Rim Tours

Helicopter tours are able to cover the distance, much faster. If you travel from Vegas to the West Rim, the helicopter ride takes between 30 and 45 minutes. In addition to getting an aerial view of the Canyon, the Vegas helicopters fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam when they leave the city, so you get magnificent views of them as well. Helicopter tours are available in different types, for example, you can take an air-only tour that does a flyover of the Canyon, or you can take a landing tour that lets you out on top of the rim or on the bottom. The landing tour that flies into the Canyon and lands on the floor is very popular, and it even comes with a Champagne picnic. It's a perfect tour to take on Valentine's Day.

Airplanes also fly to the West Rim, but they can only land at the top of the Canyon. Don't worry though, you could still add on a helicopter ride to the bottom, and of course there's the Skywalk. The Skywalk will give you quite a thrill as well as provide you with the best view at the Canyon. If you and your sweetheart are adventurous, then walking out on the massive glass bridge will create Valentine's Day memories you'll never forget.

Touring The South Rim By Helicopter

There are a couple of helicopter flights that tour the South Rim. The first one is a half-hour tour that goes to the North Rim, and back again. The other tour is longer, it gives you 50 minutes of flight time and goes to the North Rim as well as the eastern edge of the park. Book the longer tour if you can because it flies over about 3/4 of the entire national park, and you'll get to see a lot of interesting views.

You can also take an airplane tour of the South Rim, even if you want to depart from Vegas. You'll start with an hour flight to the South Rim and then follow that with the 50 minute air tour that follows the same path as the longer helicopter tour. The only difference is that the airplanes fly higher so the views aren't as close as you get from a helicopter. One advantage of flying on an airplane is that they carry 19 people at a time. So if you plan to travel with a group, an airplane tour is probably best so everyone can fly together.

Motor Coach Tours

If price is an important consideration, then you may prefer a bus tour since they are the most affordable. Bus tours take an entire day, so you'll have a day packed with sightseeing and adventure. You can choose from basic and deluxe tours, and tickets are inclusive of fees and taxes. They also provide a light breakfast and lunch. Bus tours to the West and South Rim come with the ability to add on adventures. Some upgrades to consider are Skywalk tickets at the West Rim or a helicopter ride to the Canyon floor, and at the South Rim, you can add on a 50-minute helicopter tour of the National Park.

Wrapping Up

All of the tours available come in basic or deluxe versions. Since you'll want your Valentine's Day experience to be special, consider upgrading to the deluxe option. Deluxe air tours come with limousine shuttle services, so you can really impress your date. Plus, the helicopters used on deluxe tours provide you with more room, a quieter ride, and enhanced viewing through massive windows, so deluxe is definitely recommended.

These tours are popular and they sell out quickly, so book yours as soon as possible. Try to get your tour two weeks in advance if you can. Buying it is easy when you book online where you'll find the lowest price, plus you'll get instant confirmation when you use your credit card. With so many options, you will find a tour that suits your budget, which will make this year's Valentine's Day extra special.




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