Best Grand Canyon Airplane Tours
Best way to experience the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? Try an air tour! These flights are quick, comfortable and well priced.
Vegas is great for a plane ride because it takes only 20 minutes to get to Grand Canyon West. If you want the South Rim, it's just 45 minutes.
Prices in Las Vegas are dirt-cheap, too. This is partially due to demand: Nearly 40 million travelers descend on Sin City, and a goodly portion fly the canyon.
The other pricing factor are tour operators - there's a ton in town and the competition is cut throat. These "price wars drive tour prices way down .
There are two kinds of tours: Air and landing. Total time for the former is 3 hours (includes shuttle to and from your hotel to airport). That said, I recommend landing tours. You'll experience so much more.
Yes, there's a lot of Grand Canyon airplane tours from which to choose, and it can get overwhelming. To help you cut through the clutter, here's my list of the best flights...
West Rim Air Tours
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Plane Heli Boat Skywalk
South Rim Air Tours
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Plane Raft Bus
Logistically, the West Rim is 120 miles and the South Rim is 270 miles from Las Vegas. The West Rim, a.k.a. Grand Canyon West, is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The South Rim is the centerpiece of Grand Canyon National Park.
West Rim weather is a lot more like Vegas' than the South Rim's. Expect West Rim summer temps to consistently break 100 degrees. The South Rim, elevation 6,000 feet, has mild summers.
Winter is a different story. At the West Rim, its about wind chill, while at South Rim, there's intermittent snow and ice (despite that, winter is an awesome time to visit!).
Vegas travelers are addicted to these canyon air tours. Every year, demand outstrips supply. What to do? Book your tour in advance. I recommend no less than 72 hours - more for landing tours.
Do good deals exist? Absolutely! The only ones that matter are on the Internet. I personally now save upwards of 30 percent on all my air-tour bookings. Stay away from hotel concierges and Vegas strip kiosks unless you like paying a premium.
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