The summer vacation season has come to a close, but now is the ideal time to take an air tour of the Grand Canyon, because the weather is still fantastic.
Just be sure to buy your tour seats a week or two ahead of time because these air tours fill up pretty fast. The Grand Canyon is a very popular tourist destination, and the air tours are in demand, therefore they sell out in advance.
Air Tours By Plane
Airplane tours out of Vegas go to the South Rim or the West Rim. While touring the South Rim by chopper is a favorite among travelers, touring by airplane is also a good option.
The airplane tour over the South Rim takes around 50 minutes. The flight path is the same as the extended helicopter tour, so you will see many notable landmarks as you cover around 75 percent of the Grand Canyon National Park wilderness land.
Still, there are some differences between touring by airplane or chopper. For starters, helicopters can fly much lower than airplanes, so they provide the best views. Another difference is the number of passengers on each flight, since planes are bigger, they carry 19 people per tour while the choppers can carry only six.
With so many tour options, you may wonder which one you should choose. Many people choose the landing tour that goes to the West Rim. This tour can be upgraded to include a helicopter ride down to the bottom of the canyon. It is worth the trip to the canyon floor, because when you get there, you can take a float trip along the smooth water section of the Colorado River.
If it’s a helicopter tour you want, you’ll have to tour the West Rim if you depart from Vegas. The South Rim is a lot farther from Vegas than the West Rim, and the choppers can’t make the round trip. You can still tour the South Rim, you’ll just have to fly there by plane instead.
When you choose an air tour from Vegas, you can land at the canyon or just circle it and return to Las Vegas. You’ll see many interesting sights from the air, such as Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon, and the Skywalk. The air-only tours are very scenic, but they do not land at the Grand Canyon for an up close look. If you want to take a landing tour instead, you get to decide if you want to land on the canyon floor or on top of the rim.
One popular tour to consider is the Champagne picnic landing tour. This tour includes a thrilling helicopter ride down to the bottom of the canyon for the picnic. It’s a great way to soak up the beauty of the canyon. You’ll even have the option to add on a boat ride if you wish.
Also, choose the deluxe tour if you can, so you can be shuttled to and from you tour departure point in a limo. Riding in the limo is fun, certainly more exciting than being transported in a shuttle van.
If you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, you can choose a short or long tour, however, none of those choppers can fly down to the canyon floor at the South Rim. Choose the longer flight if you can because you will see a lot more of the park, you will see 3/4 of the park from the air by the time your tour is finished.
Low Internet Rate
Booking your tour online is the easy way to get your seats. Booking online saves you money too, since the Internet rate is often discounted as much as 35 percent.
Be sure you actually buy your seats and complete the transaction online. That is the only way to get the Internet rate, so don’t leave the site without paying. If you call the operator and pay by phone, you won’t get the low rate and your tour will cost more.
Make your plans now to visit the Grand Canyon before summer is gone for good, just remember to book your air tour in advance so it doesn’t sell out before you get a seat. A flight over the Grand Canyon is an exciting experience, you won’t forget. The Grand Canyon is filled with amazing beauty from its vibrant colors to its unique rock formations, it is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth, so don’t miss seeing it when you’re in Vegas.