Tours Departing from Las Vegas
When you choose an airplane tour from Vegas, you will fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam on your way to the National Park. There are flyover and landing tours available, with the air-only option being the most affordable. Even though a landing tour costs more, it is definitely worth the price to get a chance to experience the Canyon on foot.
You can add on different upgrades, for instance you can purchase a helicopter flight that takes you down to the Canyon floor. That is one of the more popular tours because it is so much fun. Once you're on the bottom of the Canyon, you can enjoy a picnic or take a boat tour of the Canyon along the Colorado River.
Skywalk at the West Rim
If you take a tour to the West Rim, you'll want to visit the Skywalk. The Skywalk is a huge glass viewing platform that extends past the edge of the Canyon wall. It will allow you to stand 4000ft above the Canyon, looking straight down and all around at the sights. There are no cameras allowed on the platform, for safety reasons, but there are professional photographers on site who can capture your moment forever.
South Rim Tours
There are also airplane tours that fly to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Flying directly to Tusayan in Arizona. These tours take an epic 50 minute route over the National Park, covering the South Rim, North Rim, and eastern boundary. You can't land inside the Canyon at the South Rim, but there are other ground options.
One of the ground tours you can take is a bus ride through the park that lasts about 2 1/2 hours and takes you by all the main sights. If you crave even more adventure, there's also a 4x4 Jeep ride that takes you to locations that aren't easily accessible from a touring bus.
Why Choose Airplanes?
Airplanes are the prime choice for budget conscious travelers, because they're more affordable than helicopters. Another advantage of taking an airplane tour is that you can travel in a large group. Airplane tours can seat 19 passengers, and there is commentary available for all passengers, in up to 10 different languages. Request any special commentary before your flight, to make sure that it is available on the day.
These airplanes are deHavilland Twin Otters and they are totally customized for sightseeing. For example, the wings are affixed to the top of the body so you can see everything beneath you via the aircraft's oversized windows.
Grand Canyon Climate
The West Rim is close to Las Vegas, and the weather mirrors what's happening in the city. This makes it easy to prepare for your day. If you're travelling to the South Rim, and you will be departing the Airplane, make sure that you bring a warm sweater, with some lighter clothing on underneath. It can get cool at the South Rim, and you will want to be comfortable if you're taking a bus or Jeep tour.
These tours are very popular, so book your tour early. Spring Break is a popular time to tour the Canyon, so you should plan to book your tour about two weeks ahead of time. You can book even earlier to be safe, and the most convenient way to buy your tour is to do it online with your credit card so you lock in your seats and get the best price.
You'll find lots of packages to suit your needs and budget. If you are starting from Vegas, you can visit both rims. If you are doing this from Tusayan, AZ, South Rim, you're go to flight is the 50-minute trip that lets you see up to 75 percent of the Park. So I hope you go for it as these are flights you'll remember for a lifetime.
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