by Debbie Shooster
Ready to mix a little adventure with romance on Valentine’s Day? One fantastic way to do that is with a getaway that includes an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon. You can take one of these flights from Arizona, which is near the South Rim, and from Vegas. Valentine’s Day is a popular time for airplane tours, so it’s important you get your tour booked as soon as possible, while there are still seats open.
Airplanes from Las Vegas
Airplane tours from Vegas fly to the West Rim and to Tusayan, Arizona, which is the gateway to the South Rim. The airplanes that depart from Vegas follow a flight path that flies over Lake Mead and the massive Hoover Dam. If you take a tour of the South Rim, you’ll get to see part of Arizona too as your plane heads there from Vegas.
You can take an air only tour to the West Rim or a landing tour. There are several fun things to do at the Canyon, so booking a landing tour is advisable.
If you land at the West Rim, you can take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Canyon. When you get to the bottom of the Canyon you’ll have the opportunity to partake of a romantic Champagne picnic and a float tour of the Colorado River. If you don’t want to go to the bottom of the Canyon, you’ll still find plenty to do on top of the rim, for instance, that’s where the Skywalk is located. The Skywalk is the famous glass platform that extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and sits 4000 feet above the Canyon floor.
South Rim Tours
Although you can’t take a landing tour of the South Rim, you’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole park when you go there. The flight from Vegas to the South Rim takes a little less than an hour. When your South Rim tour actually begins, you’ll have 50 minutes of flight time touring the Canyon landmarks. The airplane tours and helicopter tours of the South Rim follow the same flight path, but the airplanes need to fly higher. You’ll see a lot on this tour because it flies over about 75 percent of the National Park.
There’s also a bus tour available, which is 2.5 hours long. It goes to all the major landmarks at the South Rim, and provides plenty of photo opportunities. You can even combine packages which would have you flying to the South Rim, completing the bus tour, and also taking a 30 minute helicopter tour to the North Rim, and back to the South Rim.
Dress To Stay Warm
Since it is cold at the Canyon this time of year, it’s best to dress in layers And a jacket is necessary if you take a landing tour. Another thing to know is that the South Rim is much colder than the West Rim because the South Rim is at a higher elevation.
Buy Your Tour Early
Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year for Grand Canyon helicopter flights. Whether you will go from Las Vegas to the West Rim, or the South Rim, make sure that you book early. Both areas sell out fast, so you should book at least two weeks in advance. Booking online means that you will get the best prices, and completing the purchase with your credit card will ensure that the seats are confirmed and there’s no disappointment on the day.
To Wrap Up
I hope this has helped you to plan the best Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone. There’s nothing quite like the Grand Canyon for a romantic and adventurous getaway. Remember that there are plenty of options to suit your budget, and book online before your trip, so that you can confirm your seats and get the best prices. If you’re at the West Rim, the bottom landing tour is the highlight. For South Rim travelers, choose the 50 minute flight over the National Park, for the most extensive sightseeing experience. Whatever you choose, have fun, and make the most of Valentine’s Day 2016.
About the author:
Grand Canyon professional Debbie Shooster suggests readers take a look at these hot Canyon tours as well as these extremely low-priced airplane excursions from Vegas and South Rim: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/best-airplane-tours/