You can take a tour of the Grand Canyon in different ways, but if you want an awesome experience, you should tour the massive landmark by air.
These tours take off from a couple of different places, and one of them is near the South Rim in Tusayan, AZ. There are also several tours offered out of the Vegas area. Vegas is situated closer to the West Rim and you can fly from Vegas to Grand Canyon West in 30 to 45 minutes by plane or chopper.
Helicopter Tours Of The Grand Canyon
If you want to take a helicopter tour of the West Rim, you'll need to go to the West Rim because the South Rim is much farther away and out of flight range. There is a way to take a chopper tour of the South Rim when you're in Vegas, and that involves taking an airplane from Vegas to Tusayan so you can transfer to a helicopter there. The airplane tours out of Vegas can be upgraded to include a helicopter tour of the South and North Rims.
You can take air-only tours out of both rims, but if you fly out of Vegas on an air tour to the West Rim, you can book a landing tour there. An added perk of taking a flight out of Vegas is you get to see the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from the air. A fun landing tour package to the West Rim includes a helicopter descent to the canyon floor where you can enjoy a champagne picnic. It's an experience you don't want to miss, and if you can book a sunset flight, you will see some amazing views of the sun setting over the canyon.
Basic And Deluxe Helicopter Tours Of The Canyon
You can save money by booking a basic tour, but you get a lot more fun and value from a deluxe tour. You'll get to enjoy these nice perks on a deluxe tour:
1. You get to ride to your lift off point in a limo instead of a shuttle van
2. When you return to Vegas after your tour, you'll be treated to an aerial view of the Vegas Strip
3. Your tour will utilize the EcoStar 130 helicopters, which offer the best aerial views with their wraparound windows, stadium-style seating, oversized cabins, and aerodynamic design
Helicopter Tours Of The South Rim
The helicopter tours of the South Rim are categorized by flight time. There is a shorter 30-minute flight, and a more comprehensive 50-minute flight that covers 3/4 of the National Park, so you should take the longer air tour if you can, so you see as much of the region as possible.
Airplane Tours Out Of Vegas
Las Vegas helicopters and airplanes follow the same route to the canyon, the only difference is the airplanes fly higher in the sky. Since the planes are bigger and hold more passengers with each flight, it is usually easier to book a plane tour, and they cost less too. So if you can't book a chopper tour on the day you want, try booking an airplane tour instead. Hopefully, you can get a seat.
Here are two more tips to know about taking an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon:
1. A fun tour package that departs from Vegas and goes to the West Rim is the one that flies you down to the canyon floor on a chopper where you can hop on a raft to float along the smooth waters of the Colorado River. It's a lot of fun, and you'll see many amazing sights!
2. If you want to see the South Rim instead, then be sure to book the 50-minute aerial tour. It's a fantastic way to see a huge part of the canyon, something that would be impossible to do on the ground in a reasonable amount of time.
So you can see why taking an air tour is such a fantastic idea and the ultimate way to see the Grand Canyon. Also, book your tour at least two weeks ahead of time so you don't get shut out. Finally, be sure to buy your seats online, because that way you can use the discounted Internet rate and save some money.