Thursday, October 17, 2013
Grand Canyon National Park Airplane Trips Give You The Best Value For Your Money
Plane tours are on offer every day of the year and depart from Vegas or Tusayan, which is near the South Rim. If you are in Phoenix, you can probably catch an air tour but those are usually landing flights and cost a lot more.
South Rim Plane Tours Are Air-Only
The flights that depart from Tusayan head north and then turn east to fly along the South Rim until they get to the eastern edge of the Park. After that, the flight takes you along the North Rim and heads back to the South Rim after passing through the famous Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon.
You might be wondering if you can catch a flight from the South Rim to the West Rim. Unfortunately, there are no flights between the rims right now. However, if you depart from Vegas, you can opt to fly directly to the South Rim if you want. The flight to the South Rim from Las Vegas takes about an hour and the package includes a 2-hour tour of the rim on the ground. You can even add on a thrilling rim-to-rim chopper flight when you get there.
When you plan a tour of the South Rim, you probably wonder if choppers are allowed to fly below the rim like they can at Grand Canyon West. You won't be able to fly to the canyon floor there because it is not allowed by the FAA and National Park Service.
West Rim Flights
The air tours in Las Vegas originate at various airports such as the one in Henderson and the one in Boulder City. All West Rim Vegas flights head for Grand Canyon West by way of majestic Hoover Dam and scenic Lake Mead.
The West Rim is where you want to go if you are looking for landing tours. These exciting tours depart on a daily basis from Las Vegas and land at the airfield on top of the West Rim. The standard version lets you explore sights like the fabulous Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, Eagle Point and the Indian Cultural Center while you're on the ground.
Personally, though, I prefer the upgraded landing tour package that adds an exhilarating chopper flight to the canyon floor and a smooth-water float trip down the Colorado. The West Rim is the only part of the canyon where it is allowable for choppers to descend to the canyon floor, so don't miss out on an exciting opportunity to experience it when you are there.
Grand Canyon airplane tours often sell out. It is a good idea to book your seats at least one week or two ahead of time. Booking early gives you more tour options to choose from and it ensures you will snag a seat. Plus, you'll get the best rates by booking ahead.
Get Your Seats Online
Another way to get low prices is to buy your seats online. Buying your tickets online is convenient, easy, and safe, and it also allows you to get the lower Internet rate. You could actually save as much as 30 percent on the cost of your tour. If you buy several tickets, you save a lot of money when you use the Internet discount.