Air Tours From Las Vegas And Arizona

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Helicopter Airplane Rides From Las Vegas And Arizona

Helicopter Airplane Rides From Las Vegas And Arizona

Are you tired of the same old New Year’s holiday celebrations? Well, nothing could be more unique and exciting than taking an air tour of the Grand Canyon, and you can begin one of these tours in Arizona or Vegas.

Arizona air tours begin in the small town of Tusayan which is situated near the South Rim about three hours north of Phoenix. The Vegas air tours lift off from the Strip in Vegas and from an airfield in Boulder City. Holiday air tours are popular and the tours fill up in advance, so be sure to book your tour as soon as you can.

Booking your tour online is the most convenient way to lock in your seats, plus you’ll find the best discounts online as well. The New Year’s holiday will soon be here, so don’t delay booking your tour or you might not find enough open seats available on the tour you want.

Canyon Helicopter Tours

Canyon Helicopter Tours

Canyon Helicopter Tours

Touring the Canyon by helicopter is a fantastic experience. When you book a tour that departs from Vegas, you get to choose between a tour that lands at the Canyon and one that is air only. Helicopters out of Vegas fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on the way to the Canyon, and the air tours circle the rim and head back while the landing tours set down at the Canyon.

Try to book a landing tour if you can, because you’ll get a very comprehensive experience at the Canyon. Some of the landing tours set down on the Canyon floor, and when you get there, you are treated to a champagne picnic, plus you’ll have the opportunity to take a boat ride along the Colorado River. Other tours land on top of the Canyon rim where you can visit the Skywalk, which is a massive glass viewing platform that hangs over the Canyon. If you want the full experience, you can book a combination tour that lets you explore both the top of the rim and the Canyon floor.

The Tusayan air tours are all air-only because helicopters are not allowed to land inside the Canyon at the South Rim. This part of the Canyon is filled with spectacular natural beauty and you’ll get to see it from the air as your helicopter flies over to the North Rim and back to the South Rim. There are two air tour options, and one of them lasts 30 minutes and the other lasts 50 minutes. Book the longer tour if you can because you’ll get to see the South Rim, North Rim, and all the land over to the eastern Park border, which amounts to about 75 percent of the whole National Park. You’ll get to view many famous landmarks from the air, including the massive Dragoon Corridor.

Touring by Airplane

Touring by Airplane

Touring By Airplane

The air tours by plane fly along the same path as the helicopters, but they fly at a higher altitude. If you want to take an airplane tour to the West Rim, you can book a landing tour, however, airplanes can only set down on top of the rim so if you want to fly to the bottom of the Canyon, you’ll need to add on a helicopter ride to your tour. There is plenty to do on top of the rim though such as visiting the Skywalk and walking along the scenic trails.

The South Rim is too far from Vegas for helicopters to make it, but you can book an airplane tour from Vegas to the South Rim. The flight there takes about an hour, which is much quicker than the five hours it would take to drive. When your plane lands at the South Rim, you can transfer to a bus for a 2 1/2 hour ride through the Park, or you can transfer to a helicopter and fly over the rim.

South Rim, Winter, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

South Rim, Winter, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The airplane tours follow the same path as the longer helicopter tours. You’ll see the entire land between the North and South Rim and over to the eastern border, which makes up about 75 percent of the entire National Park land.

An airplane tour is the ideal choice when you have several people on your tour. Nineteen people can fly on an airplane tour, while only six can fly at a time on a helicopter tour.

Wrapping Up

There are several options to choose from when you plan your New Year’s flight over the Canyon. There is a tour for any taste and budget, and you can depart from Arizona or Vegas and go by plane or helicopter. Some of the most popular tours to consider are the 50-minute air tours of the South Rim, and one of the landing tours of the West Rim. These tour options allow you to have a comprehensive experience at the Canyon.

By your tour online with your credit card to confirm your seats, and be sure to do it as soon as possible. When you buy online, you’ll get a fantastic deal and that gives you even more to celebrate as you tour the Canyon on New Year’s.

This article is written by Keith Kravitz:

Keith Kravitz

Keith Kravitz

Grand Canyon expert Keith Kravitz is a huge fan of Grand Canyon air tours from Las Vegas or Arizona and recommends starting here to get best prices on plane and heli rides: grandcanyondaytrips.com.

Keith Kravitz is a travel writer who specializes in Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, and beyond.

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