About The Two Main Rims
Some of the airplane tours from Las Vegas head to the West Rim. Touring the South Rim is an option, too, and all you have to do is fly to Tusayan in Arizona to begin the tour. It would take hours to drive to the South Rim from Vegas, but if you fly you can be there in about an hour.
The South Rim is known for being less crowded than the West Rim, so if you want to enjoy the scenic beauty in relative peace and quiet, then this is the place to go. When you choose an airplane tour, the complete package can include a bus tour through the National Park. The ground tour lasts about 2.5 hours, and you'll get to see the main highlights of the South Rim. The tour comes with pickup and drop off service at your hotel and it takes about ten hours to complete. You'll also have plenty of time to explore on your own, especially at the local tourist village where you can shop for crafts, souvenirs, and snacks.
If you're looking for even more adventure, then you can also take a helicopter tour over the South Rim. In fact, the South Rim tour will go to the North Rim and back again. If you want something even longer then there's a 50-minute tour that also goes out to the eastern boundary of the park. This is the most comprehensive helicopter tour available at the Grand Canyon, and it allows you to see over 75% of the Park. A highlight of the South Rim is the Dragoon Corridor. It's the deepest and widest stretch of the Canyon and your helicopter will fly right through it.
If you'd rather take a tour that's closer to Vegas, then the West Rim is a better choice. It only takes about 30 minutes to fly there from Vegas instead of an hour.
Sightseeing At The West Rim
The airplane tour to the West Rim allows you 2.5 hours to explore the trails and scenic lookout points on foot. There are many hiking trails, so you'll find something that matches your fitness level. However, be sure you wear appropriate shoes and dress because conditions can be hot and windy. The glass Skywalk is the most famous lookout point at the West Rim because it extends beyond the edge of the rock wall of the Canyon. You'll get to look through a transparent floor to the bottom of the Canyon 4000 feet below for one of the most spectacular views imaginable.
Helicopter flights are available at the West Rim as well. Look for the flight that comes with a descent to the Canyon floor and that lands beside the Colorado River. You can upgrade this tour to include a float along the scenic river.
Buy Your Tour Early!
The Canyon will be extremely popular during Spring Break, so make sure that you book your tickets early. You should book at least two weeks prior to the day that you want to fly to avoid any disappointment. Book online with a credit card because that's where the best deals are found. You will also avoid missing out on tickets.
Get Ready For Spring Break Fun
Now you know how to make this Spring Break a holiday to remember. If you plan to tour the South Rim, be sure to consider booking the longer helicopter tour that covers about 75 percent of the park. If you go to the West Rim, then you should think about taking the helicopter flight to the bottom of the Canyon. You have many choices when it comes to your tour, and it's hard to make a wrong selection since they all let you see one of America's most scenic natural landmarks.
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