Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Las Vegas Grand Canyon Airplane Tours For Valentine's Day Travelers

By Kate Reingold

Are you planning on visiting the Grand Canyon this Valentine's Day? You can take an airplane tour that departs from Vegas, which will get you to the Canyon in under an hour and provide you with amazing scenic views. You will have more time to explore and take in the sights. If this sounds like fun, be sure to book your tour as soon as possible because Valentine's Day is a busy time for tours at the Canyon.

Airplane tours out of Vegas fly to the South Rim or the West Rim. The West Rim is 30 minutes away by plane, whereas the South Rim is a one hour flight. However, your flight time isn't wasted as you'll get to see a lot of interesting things along the way, such as Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.

West Rim

There are basic flights to the West Rim and these are your cheapest option. But frankly, I prefer the landing tours because you can add a trip to the bottom by helicopter, a boat ride down the Colorado River or a full access to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk, the all-glass bridge that lets you walk up to 70 feet over the edge.

This landing helicopter tour is awesome, because you will be able to enjoy a Champagne picnic at the bottom. Another upgrade you can add to your tour is a boat ride along the Colorado River. At the top of the Canyon, there's the famous Skywalk, a glass platform that extends 70ft over the Canyon edge. Of course there are plenty of walking tracks available, so if you love some light to moderate hiking, you will love the West Rim.

If you are traveling with a group of friends or other couples, an airplane tour will allow you all to get to the Canyon in one trip. Planes seat 19 people, while helicopters only seat 6. Most importantly, airplane tours are around $100 cheaper than helicopter tours.

Touring The South Rim By Airplane

Airplanes fly directly to Tusayan in Arizona, which is the gateway of the South Rim. Once you're at the airport there, you can transfer to a helicopter for a tour or take a bus tour. If you're sticking to a tight budget, you can complete the South Rim flyover in the airplane and then head back to Vegas.

(For those coming up from Sedona or Phoenix, you can choose between a 30/50-minute helicopter ride and a 50-minute airplane tour. I recommend the longer flights because once you do them you'll have seen up to 75 percent of the Park.)

The bus tours that come with the Vegas plane rides are quite an efficient way to see the National Park. For the most part, they stop at all the key landmarks and lookouts, including Mather Point and Yaki Point. You also get to check out Grand Canyon Village, the commercial hub of the Park.

Don't Delay Or The Tours May Be Full

As mentioned earlier, Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year at the Canyon. You will need to book at least two weeks in advance, to secure your seats. Remember that you will need to book using your credit card, because this is how you will lock in the best prices and your booking confirmation.


I hope that this information will help you to plan the perfect Valentine's Day holiday. An air tour will create memories you and your loved one will never forget. There are several tour options and upgrades to consider so you can create a tour you'll love and you can afford whether you go to the South Rim or the West Rim. Start planning your tour now, so you'll have an exciting Valentine's Day filled with adventure and natural beauty.

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