Thursday, January 14, 2016

Grand Canyon Airplane: Hot Flights For Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) Travelers

By Debbie Shooster

Want to mix up this year's Valentine's Day with some adventure and romance? With Grand Canyon airplane tours, you can do exactly that. With tours available from Las Vegas and Arizona's South Rim, there are options for everyone. Check out the tours and book soon, because Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for these fantastic tours.

Vegas Flights

Airplane tours from Vegas fly to the West Rim and to Tusayan, Arizona, which is the gateway to the South Rim. The airplanes that depart from Vegas follow a flight path that flies over Lake Mead and the massive Hoover Dam. If you take a tour of the South Rim, you'll get to see part of Arizona too as your plane heads there from Vegas.

You can take an air only tour to the West Rim or a landing tour. There are several fun things to do at the Canyon, so booking a landing tour is advisable.

If you land at the West Rim, you can take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Canyon. When you get to the bottom of the Canyon you'll have the opportunity to partake of a romantic Champagne picnic and a float tour of the Colorado River. If you don't want to go to the bottom of the Canyon, you'll still find plenty to do on top of the rim, for instance, that's where the Skywalk is located. The Skywalk is the famous glass platform that extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and sits 4000 feet above the Canyon floor.

South Rim Tours

South Rim tours won't allow you to go inside the Canyon itself, but there are some incredible sightseeing opportunities which make up for this. It takes just an hour to get to the South Rim from Vegas. The basic plane tour includes a 50 minute flyover of the National Park. This is identical to the helicopter tour that is available, although you will be flying at a higher elevation. This tour takes you on a route that covers 75% of the entire National Park!

If you want to see the South Rim up close, you can add on a bus tour that takes you on a ride through the park for about 2 1/2 hours. You'll get to see the most important landmarks at the park and you'll stop for some fantastic photo opportunities. You have the chance to create the ideal tour and you can even combine them all by taking a flight out of Vegas and adding a helicopter tour of the South Rim and a bus tour through the park before you head back to Vegas.

Dress For The Weather

Since it is cold at the Canyon this time of year, it's best to dress in layers And don't forget to wear a jacket if you take a landing tour. Another thing to know is that the South Rim is much colder than the West Rim because the South Rim is at a higher elevation.

Book The Tour In Advance

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular times of the year for Grand Canyon helicopter flights. Whether you will go from Las Vegas to the West Rim, or the South Rim, make sure that you book early. Both areas sell out fast, so you should book at least two weeks in advance. Booking online means that you will get the best prices, and completing the purchase with your credit card will ensure that the seats are confirmed and there's no disappointment on the day.

To Wrap Up

I hope this has helped you to plan the best Valentine's Day for you and your special someone. There's nothing quite like the Grand Canyon for a romantic and adventurous getaway. Remember that there are plenty of options to suit your budget, and book online before your trip, so that you can confirm your seats and get the best prices. If you're at the West Rim, the bottom landing tour is the highlight. For South Rim travelers, choose the 50 minute flight over the National Park, for the most extensive sightseeing experience. Whatever you choose, have fun, and make the most of Valentine's Day 2016.

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