Summer is about over, and it is the perfect time to take a tour of the Grand Canyon when you visit Vegas. The weather at the canyon is beautiful this time of year, and that makes it the perfect time to tour for many folks.
There are several canyon tours that leave from Vegas, and these include helicopter, bus, airplane, and raft tours on the smooth waters of the Colorado River. In fact, there is one tour you’d probably love that comes with a helicopter flight to the bottom of the canyon, and a raft ride on the smooth water section of the Colorado River that begins at the Hoover Dam and ends 11 miles down river.
Great Family Fun
Rafting trips are available at the South Rim too. These set off from Glen Canyon Dam and go 15 miles along the river. These rafting excursions are perfect for family outings since they stay on calm waters, in fact, kids as young as four and active seniors are welcome.
When you book your chopper tour, look for one that utilizes the state-of-the-art EcoStar 130 helicopter. It is much better for sightseeing than the Bell Ranger since it offers better views with the huge wraparound windshield and roomy stadium-style seats.
West Rim Tours
Everyone seems to love the West Rim tours that land on the canyon floor. These flights come with a nice Champagne picnic once you land, and if you want to go to the bottom of the canyon, you’ll have to do it at the West Rim since that is the only place it is allowed in the entire National Park.
If you want the best experience, book one of the deluxe Grand Canyon helicopter tours. These include an aerial view of Vegas because the choppers lift off and land right on the Strip, in addition, you are offered free transportation to and from your hotel in a limo. They cost more than basic helicopter tours, but you’ll probably agree it’s worth it for the added perks.
South Rim Helicopter Tours
If you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, you’ll need to depart from Tusayan, Arizona, since the South Rim is out of flight range for helicopters based in Vegas. South Rim helicopter tours are very popular because you get to see so many interesting sights and landmarks, especially on the longer tour that covers 3/4 of the National Park. Both the short 30-minute tour and the long 50-minute tour take you through the dramatic Dragoon Corridor, which is noted for being the deepest and widest portion of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Airplane Tours
A lot of people prefer to take airplane tours of the Grand Canyon. The planes have longer flight times, so you can fly from Vegas to either the South Rim or West Rim when you go by plane. Although the South Rim is farther away, it only takes about an hour to get there by airplane. That is a lot quicker than making the trip by bus, which would require a 5 1/2 hour ride each way. Planes land on top of the West Rim, but if you want to go to the canyon floor, you can transfer to a helicopter once there and make the descent to the bottom of the canyon.
Touring By Bus
Bus tours head out of Las Vegas every morning at 7 am. They go to both rims, and if you want fun canyon adventures, head to the West Rim, but if you want to see a lot of beautiful scenery, go to the South Rim.
Buy Your Tour Early On The Internet
Book your tour in advance, especially if you plan on taking one of the popular helicopter tours. Tours to the Grand Canyon fill up very fast, and the tour you want could fill up a week before the tour date. If you buy your tour right from the tour operator’s website, you will get the lowest price. To get the best price and best selection, buy your tour early and use the low Internet rate.
There is no bad choice when it comes to canyon tours, they are all packed with fun and scenic views. Summer may be about gone, but the Grand Canyon is still busy and the tours fill up early, so don’t forget to book your tour in advance. Have a great time on your tour and don’t forget to take your camera!