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Grand Canyon by Airplane Seeing the South Rim from Above! By Keith Kravitz Š 2011 |

The Grand Canyon is a massive geological masterpiece that is more than a mile deep and 277 miles long. Most visitors see only a fraction of the "crack" when the tour the South Rim. If you want to see it all, book a flight on an airplane tour. South Rim flights leave daily from Grand Canyon Airport. The facility is located in a town called Tusayan just 10 minutes from the National Park's front gate. The airport is a flurry of activity (including helicopter) and functions as the main base for incoming and outgoing South Rim air traffic.

Two of the most popular operators of air tours are Grand Canyon Airlines and Scenic Airlines. These businesses and others use an aircraft called the Vistaliner. This aircraft seats 19 people and was designed specifically for sightseeing and features large viewing windows. Further, each aircraft comes with pre-recorded trip narration that shares insights and facts about the canyon as you soar above it. Typical air tours depart the Grand Canyon National Park Airport and head for the eastern section of the Canyon. Highlights on this leg of the tour include crossing Zuni Point and the Zuni Corridor, as well as darting over the Desert View Watchtower, the Painted Desert, and the Navajo Indian Reservation, which you will find lying just east along the Colorado River. The route turns northward, passing Temple Butte, then bears west along the North Rim (the greatest distance between the North Rim and the South Rim is 18 miles), and it's here where you'll get fantastic aerial views of the Kaibab Plateau and the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine forest in the U.S. Imperial Point, the highest point in the Canyon, will come into view as the tour wends its way westward then south over Dragon Corridor, the widest and most open part of the Canyon, before you prepare for an exhilarating landing. Expect your tour to last about 50 minutes. It's recommended that you pick a seat on the right side of the plane, as it will offer you the most fulfilling views and photo opportunities. Anticipate paying on average $125 per adult and $90 for a child. You can get better rates if you book on the Internet. If you are based in Las Vegas, there are several operators who offer a plane ride to the South Rim. This trip includes a guided bus tour to the South Rim. On average, you get up to three hours at the rim. Most tours include stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and Yaki Point. Flight time from Vegas to the South Rim is approximately 45 minutes. Grand Canyon airplane tours are the #1 way to see the National Park in all its glory. You'll see more in an hour than most will in days on the ground. Flights leave from Grand Canyon Airport, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the rim. From a cost perspective, these trips are under-priced. To get the absolute best deal, shop the Internet. There are deals out there that take up to 35 % off the retail price. That is certain to change as more travelers discover these air tours. For now, the sky's the limit!

Travel writer Keith Kravitz reviews Grand Canyon tours. Use this link to see his Top 3 Grand Canyon Airplane tours .

Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tours  

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