Friday, December 25, 2015

Grand Canyon National Park New Year's Plane Rides From Las Vegas And Arizona

By Debbie Shooster

Would you like to celebrate the New Year's holiday in a unique and exciting way? The Grand Canyon is waiting for you, and there's no better way to see it than from the air. Tours are available for the South Rim and West Rim, so you only need to choose which part of the Canyon you want to see.

Because we're already in December, tickets are being snapped up fast. If you want to avoid disappointment, you will need to book now, or at least one week in advance. You can book online using your credit card, which is the most convenient way to ensure your seats are secured, and you will also find the best deals when you book online.

Tours leave from Las Vegas and Arizona, and you can even fly to Arizona from Vegas if you're more interested in seeing the South Rim. There's plenty on offer for the adventurous traveler.

Vegas Airplane Tours

If you depart from Vegas, your plane will fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead giving you a bird's eye view of these impressive landmarks. Then, if you buy an air-only tour, your plane flies over the rim and heads back to the city. If you have time, you should consider booking a landing tour so you can spend some time at the Canyon.

Tours land at the top of the Rim, and from there you can take advantage of a number of additional packages. There's the Skywalk viewing platform, for starters, which will place you on a transparent platform that is around 4000ft above the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and 70ft over the edge. For safety, you can't take cameras on the Skywalk, but there is a professional photography service on hand, to capture the moment.

You can also fly to the bottom of the Canyon in a helicopter. This is a popular option for visitors at the Canyon. There's a Champagne picnic option, or even a boat tour on the Colorado River.

South Rim Tours

You can start your tour from the South Rim, or you can fly out there from Las Vegas. South Rim tours are based right outside of the park boundary.

You have your choice between a 30 or 50 minute air tour, but you should opt for the longer one if you can. You'll see a lot more on the longer tour, so the bump in price is worth it. The airplane flies over to the remote lands of the North Rim. Next, it flies all the way to the eastern edge of the Park, and finally the tour returns to the South Rim. Why do I love this tour? Because you'll get to see about 3/4 of the entire National Park when you take it. When you take into account how big the Canyon and the park is, that's a massive achievement. The Dragoon Corridor is located at the South Rim, and it's the deepest and widest part of the entire Canyon.

Your airplane won't be able to land at the South Rim like planes do at the West Rim, but there are still fun adventures you can add on to your tour. You could book a 2 1/2 hour bus ride through the Park or a fun off-road Jeep tour through the rugged terrain.

The Planes

Airplane tours are all-inclusive, so there are no extra costs once your tour is underway. Nineteen people can ride on each tour, so touring by plane is a good choice when you have a large group or family that wants to go on the same tour together. Most importantly, the planes have been designed for optimal viewing. They have oversized viewing windows, and the wings are mounted above the windows, so there's nothing to block the view. If you're coming from abroad or have companions who are, there is in flight-narration, which can be provided in 10 major languages.

Final Thoughts

New Year's Eve is a special time, but often we find ourselves doing the same thing, year after year. Booking a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas or Arizona will allow you to do something truly special this year, and make the most of the holiday. Remember that you need to book early, as this is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. Make your booking online, and use your credit card to complete the booking. You'll get the best price and will have no stress with your booking when it comes to the day for your tour.

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