How does one put the Grand Canyon into perspective? Take a plane ride. These air tours show in an hour what would take days on the ground. Its what makes them so popular and it’s why I highly recommend you buy your seats in advance. Here’s five more reasons you’ll want to RSVP:
1. Makes certain you fly the day that’s meets your needs. These tours are really popular. Each plane holds 19 travelers. Frequently, they sell out with charters and groups. Pre-book early and prevent getting bumped.
2. Enables you to lock down the most ideal flight times. Travelers line up for morning and sunset flights. No wonder, either: The best visibility is in the am, and sundown rides are beyond breathtaking.
3. Provides more re-scheduling convenience. Sometimes the weather at the the rims can turn and flights must be postponed. If this happens to you as a morning departure, relax. You’ll be the first one to go when the clouds part.
4. Offers you peace of mind. I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do is make travel arrangements when I’m there. I’d rather be out walking the Rim Trail or staring at The Bellagio Fountains than bargaining with a ticket broker.
5. Saves you cash. The Grand Canyon has its share of high season travel months. This means prices rise. Buy before these travel spikes and you lock in a lower price that can’t be hiked up. Also, booking at the air terminal or The Vegas Strip will cost you more. Lots more.
There are two places in the Canyon to which airplanes fly: The West Rim and the South Rim. For Las Vegas travelers, the West Rim is the obvious choice as it’s just 120 miles away (there’s a Vegas to South Rim flight but more about that later). South Rim trips begin from Grand Canyon Airport, located minutes away from the Park’s main gate.
The fantastic thing about West Rim air tours is the side trips. Yes, there are air-only flights, but if you really want to escape into the canyon’s mojo, you can extend your package to include Grand Canyon Sky Walk tickets, a guided tour of the West Rim, a helicopter descent to the bottom, or a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River.
At the South Rim, there’s an excellent 50-minute flight that takes in the South, East, and North Rims. The main add-on is the 1-day smooth-water float trip. This journey takes off from Tusayan and lands near Glen Canyon Dam, the starting point for boat rides down the River.
The Vegas to South Rim flight usually takes 45 minutes. It follows the Colorado River from Vegas to the South Rim. Upon landing, you switch to a luxury coach and go into the national park. There’s lots of time to explore and all the major view points are covered. There’s also an option to add a heli ride.
All Grand Canyon air tours are all-inclusive and come with hotel pick up and drop off, lunch, and side-trip transportation. Departures are year round (the South Rim smooth-water raft tour is seasonal and goes from April to November). Incredibly, these are 1-day activities, which means you will be back in time for your evening plans.
Travelers are really catching on to the benefits of taking a Grand Canyon airplane, especially people who want to spend just 1 or 2 days at the canyon. The popularity of these flights, however, means more sold out flights. This can be avoided if you purchase your air tickets in advance. You will not only save yourself money, but also you’ll be assured of getting a seat. Take some time to RSVP. Then relax and relish the best ride the canyon has to offer.