by Erik Magnus
Spring Break is coming up in April, so it’s time to start thinking about vacation ideas. If you’re going to be in Las Vegas, there are fantastic tours on offer, like helicopter and airplane tours to the Grand Canyon. But remember that you’ll need to book soon, because advance tickets are selling out fast.
Helicopter Tours Of The Canyon
You can take a helicopter tour of the South or West Rim. Vegas is fairly close to the West Rim, so tour helicopters can fly there directly. If you want to take a helicopter ride at the South Rim in Arizona, there’s a connecting airplane flight from Las Vegas.
You’ll even get an aerial view of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam when you fly out of Vegas since they are along the flight path to the Canyon. A helicopter can get to the West Rim from Vegas in under 45 minutes, and it takes an airplane about 60 minutes to fly to the South Rim so you can begin your tour there.
When you go to the West Rim, you can choose a landing tour or an air-only tour. The air-only tour shows you all the main highlights from the air only and then flies back to the city. The landing tours are even more fun because you get to add on ground adventures.
There’s a tour that lands at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and allows you to experience a Champagne picnic, or even a boat ride on the River. There’s also a top landing tour, where you can take one of the many walking tracks to reach scenic lookout points. At the top you can also purchase tickets for the Skywalk. This special glass platform is transparent, and will give you the ultimate thrill as you stand 4000ft above the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
South Rim Helicopter Tours
If you choose a South Rim helicopter tour, you’ll hop on the chopper right after you arrive from your plane ride out of Vegas. You can pick from one of two tours. There is a short tour that gives you 30 minutes of flight time, and a longer one that lasts for 50 minutes. The shorter tour goes to the North Rim, before heading back to the town of Tusayan. The longer tour goes to the North Rim too, but it also includes an added trip to the eastern boundary of the park. You’ll get to see nearly 75 percent of the entire National Park when you take the longer tour. The longer tour costs a little more, but it is worth it because you get to see so much more of the park.
The South Rim tours aren’t permitted to land inside the Canyon like the West Rim tours can, but you can still take a ground tour by adding on a bus or Jeep tour of the South Rim.
Canyon Plane Tours
Airplane tours go directly to both the South and West Rim. If you’re looking for an affordable type of air tour, then touring by plane is your best bet. Plus, you can add other adventures to your tour such as a helicopter flight to the bottom of the West Rim. If you take an airplane tour of the South Rim, your plane will follow the same flight path as the 50-minute helicopter tour.
It’s important to note that airplanes fly at higher altitudes, but they do have an advantage in that they can seat more people. If you’re in a group, the 19 seats in an airplane may be more suited to your needs. However if it’s pure sightseeing that you’re aiming for, helicopters provide a lower flying route, as well as large front facing viewing windows. If you purchase deluxe helicopter tickets, you will fly in a newer EcoStar helicopter that features a huge 180 degree windshield, and 6 stadium style seats. Helicopters are also quieter and fly smoother.
Touring the Canyon is the ideal way to add some adventure to your exciting Spring Break vacation. When you start in Vegas, you’ll find plenty of tours with a wide variety of options that will fit your budget.
Book soon to avoid disappointment. It’s a good idea to book your tour when you book your Vegas hotel so you don’t forget. Buy your tour online with your credit card and you’ll get the best deal and avoid fees added by travel agencies.
Taking an air tour of the Canyon is a sure way to have a fabulous Spring Break vacation you’ll always remember. Do it in style with an airplane or helicopter tour, and experience all that the National Park has to offer.
About the author:
Expert journalist Erik Magnus is a big fan of these Grand Canyon National Park airplane tours as well as these heli trips that start off from Vegas and the South Rim: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/helicopters/