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Grand Canyon Airplane Tours 7 Things to Consider Before Flying By Sabine Warner | A Grand Canyon air tour is among the most comfortable and efficient way to see the National Park. Flights are done aboard a state-of-the-art aircraft that lets you experience the most canyon in the least amount of time. Before you get your ticket punched, check out these seven things that will make sure this is the trip for you. #1 From whence will you depart? Several destinations make perfect starting points for a canyon air tour. Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Sedona, AZ, are the most popular. If it fits into your plans, go with Las Vegas. It's the least expensive. In Arizona, I suggest you rent a car; flights will be prohibitively expensive. All South Rim airplane trips start at Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, AZ, located just 10 minutes south of the Park's main entrance. #2 Which rim do you want to see? These two rims are the only places in the canyon where aircraft are permitted to fly The West Rim from Las Vegas is a quick 25-minute flight and is famous for it's attractions. The South Rim requires a 45-minute flight and is distinguished by its incredible natural beauty and the historic Grand Canyon Village. #3 Do you want to see the Grand Canyon Skywalk? This attraction is at the West Rim, also known as Grand Canyon West. The "Glass Bridge" defies gravity by extending 70 feet past the edge and suspending guests 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Seeing the bridge glisten under the bright desert sun is a sight to behold. If you wish, you can upgrade your flight to include a landing tour that includes Skywalk tickets. Build on that by adding a flight over the famous Las Vegas Strip on the way back to town. #4 Do you want to go to the bottom of the canyon? Flying to the base is something that can only be done at the West Rim. You will need to deplane and board a helicopter. From there, it's a 4,000-foot descent that takes you through a desert-version of Jurassic Park. Cliffs, spires and buttes fill the landscape. Enjoy a Champagne picnic at the bottom and set about exploring the canyon's timeless base.

#5 Do you want to go river rafting? Colorado River rafting is offered at both rims. Two choices are available at the West Rim: 1) Helicopter to the bottom and board a pontoon boat for a 30-minute float ride; or 2) Go to the base of Hoover Dam for a 11-mile rafting tour. The South Rim is a fantastic airplane flight to Glen Canyon Dam (East Rim) for a 15.5-mile float trip that includes Antelope Canyon and ends at historic Lee's Ferry. #6 Do you want to see as much of the canyon as possible in one day? This is almost a toss up. The Grand Canyon from Las Vegas air tour lets you see almost 50 percent of the canyon. But for 100% classic Grand Canyon, nothing rivals Grand Canyon Airline's Grand Discovery airplane tour. Why this package gets so little attention bewilders me. It includes the South Rim (Kaibab Plateau, Dragoon Corridor), the East Rim (Desert View Watchtower, Zuni Corridor, Navajo Reservation) and the North Rim (Imperial Point). Most amazingly is the you'll do it in under an hour. #7 Do you want the lowest price possible on seeing the Grand Canyon by air? The marketplace for Grand Canyon airplane tours is competitive. You are sure to see a lot of offers. Ignore them. The best, most solid deal you will get is from the tour operators themselves. Grand Canyon Airlines, in my opinion, is the low-price leader for highquality West Rim and South Rim air tours. To get their rock-bottom price, book on their website. I personally have realized savings of up to 35 percent. Seeing the Grand Canyon by air is the ultimate way to see this national treasure. Be it West Rim or South Rim, you'll see pretty much see it all. These airplane tours can be expanded to include helicopter flights, rafting trips, and Skywalk passes, and Las Vegas flyovers. They're also the fastest way to go from Las Vegas to the South Rim. These trips are economical, too, particularly if you book them online, where you can get up to 35% off. So kick off your shoes, recline your seat, and get ready for departure. Getting to the Grand Canyon and seeing it in all its natural glory has never been easier. #30#

Grand Canyon Airplane Tours 7 Things to Consider Before Flying  

Here are 7 things you need to consider before you take an airplane tour over Grand Canyon National Park and the West Rim.

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