Saturday, March 12, 2016

Finest Grand Canyon National Park Plane Excursions For Spring Break Vacation

By Ione Mahler

Spring Break will soon be here, so it's time to plan a fun way to celebrate. For instance, nothing is more exciting than taking a trip to the Grand Canyon. You can catch an airplane tour out of Vegas every day of the Spring Break Season. Here's a quick look at what kind of tours are available.

Tours Departing from Las Vegas

The airplanes that depart from Vegas follow a flight path that goes over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on the way to the Canyon. There are flyover and landing tours available, with the air-only option being the most affordable. Even so, I recommend a landing tour, because it will allow you to get the most out of your visit.

You can add on different upgrades, for instance you can purchase a helicopter flight that takes you down to the Canyon floor. That is one of the more popular tours because it is so much fun. Once you're on the bottom of the Canyon, you can enjoy a picnic or take a boat tour of the Canyon along the Colorado River.

Visit The Skywalk

Another attraction at the West Rim is the Skywalk. This is an impressive glass platform that extends out from the Canyon's edge. It will allow you to stand 4000ft above the Canyon, looking straight down and all around at the sights. There are no cameras allowed on the platform, for safety reasons, but there are professional photographers on site who can capture your moment forever.

South Rim Plane Excursions

There are also airplane tours that fly to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Flying directly to Tusayan in Arizona. These tours take an epic 50 minute route over the National Park, covering the South Rim, North Rim, and eastern boundary. You can't land inside the Canyon at the South Rim, but there are other ground options.

One of the ground tours you can take is a bus ride through the park that lasts about 2 1/2 hours and takes you by all the main sights. If you crave even more adventure, there's also a 4x4 Jeep ride that takes you to locations that aren't easily accessible from a touring bus.

Why Airplane Tours Are Best

Airplanes are the prime choice for budget conscious travelers, because they're more affordable than helicopters. Another perk is that airplanes carry more people per tour, which is nice if you're traveling with a group. Nineteen people can ride on an airplane tour and each seat is equipped with a recorded commentary of your flight, and the recording is available in 10 languages. You can request a particular commentary when you book your tour to make sure it is ready for you when you take your flight.

Grand Canyon airplanes have oversized viewing windows, and wings are mounted above the windows, so you will always have a clear view of what's outside.

Grand Canyon Climate

The West Rim is close to Vegas, and the weather mirrors what's happening in the city. So if you're dressed appropriately for the weather in Vegas, you should be fine at the West Rim. If you're traveling to the South Rim, and you will be departing the airplane, make sure that you bring a warm sweater, with some lighter clothing on underneath. The temperatures can be chilly at the South Rim in the spring, so you want to make sure you'll be warm on your Jeep or bus tour.

Final Thoughts

Final piece of advice: Always book your plane tour in advance. The Spring Break vacation is a very popular one at the National Park, so you'll need to get that reservation in at least a week before you hit the road. And make sure you do it online - that's where the best prices on the best trips are.

There are plenty of options available for Grand Canyon sightseeing. From Vegas, you have access to the West Rim, and the South, and there are options to suit any budget. So buy your tour as soon as you can, and get ready to have a fantastic Spring Break getaway.

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