Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving? A break from work and school is nice, but there is no reason to just lounge around the house and stuff yourself with turkey. A better idea is to plan a getaway to Vegas or Arizona so you can take an air tour of the Grand Canyon. There are still vacant seats right now, but they fill up fast, so you should book your tour as soon as possible. |
Tours Out Of Tusayan
When you think about the Grand Canyon, the West Rim probably comes to mind. However, the South Rim is a beautiful and exciting part of the canyon too.
There are two choices for aerial tours out of Arizona. One is a 30-minute tour that takes you to the North Rim and circles back, and the other is a 50-minute tour that includes a flight to the North Rim along with a flight over to the eastern edge of the national park. The longer tour costs a little bit more, but you see nearly 75 percent of the park during your time in the air. The scenery in that part of the canyon is very beautiful, so you want to see as much of it as you can.
Another thing you can do at the South Rim is take a Jeep tour. The Jeep tour combined with the air tour is a fabulous way to spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon.
Flights Out Of Vegas
Since Vegas is all about entertainment, you'll find a big variety of Grand Canyon tours that originate from the area.
Some of the air tours take off from Vegas and others depart from nearby Boulder City. All the tours follow the same flight path to the canyon, but the deluxe tours that depart from The Strip also give you an aerial view of Vegas. These deluxe tours fly on the EcoStar helicopters too. This state-of-the-art helicopter has a quieter operation, and it is roomier inside and offers better viewing. It's worth the extra cost to book a deluxe tour, and it even comes with free limousine transportation.
The best thing about touring the West Rim from Vegas is that helicopters can land there. You can take an air-only tour if you want that flies over the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon and circles back to Vegas without landing. Landing tours follow the same flight path so you see the same sights from the air, but you also get to add on some fun ground adventures too.
For instance, one of the tours flies into the canyon and lands on the canyon floor. Once there, you can enjoy a champagne picnic and take a raft ride along the Colorado River. Another landing tour sets down on top of the rim near the Skywalk so you can experience the thrill of walking over the canyon. The Skywalk is a massive glass and steel walkway that lets you stand on a panel of glass 4000 feet above the canyon floor. The views and chills you experience are almost as fun as the helicopter ride. If you want the ultimate tour of the West Rim, you can combine the landing tours so you can do it all.
Touring By Airplane
You can also book an air tour by plane from both Vegas and Arizona, and the planes follow the same route as the choppers. One advantage of an airplane tour is that it's better for larger groups since each plane can carry 19 people. Planes fly higher than helicopters though, but you'll find the plane tours to be more affordable too. You'll still get a great view from the airplane window, and the seating is comfortable, so an airplane tour is a perfect option when traveling on a tight budget or with a group.
Buy Your Thanksgiving Tour Online
Air tours of the Grand Canyon are very popular and they often sell out in advance. You'll still get a tour as long as you book early. Aim for two weeks in advance to be on the safe side. Buying online with your credit card is the best way to get a discounted rate and confirmation of your seats.
A Memorable Tour
The Grand Canyon is an amazing place filled with beauty and wonder, and the best way to experience it is with an air tour. The only thing better is to combine your air tour with a landing tour of the West Rim or a Jeep tour of the South Rim.
Make this a Thanksgiving your family never forgets. Book an air tour online and do it as soon as you can. Pick out your tour options and your rim, then be ready for an amazing experience as you fly over America's Wonder of the World.
HOT TIPS FROM THE AUTHOR
Writer Lea Fallon is an expert on the Grand Canyon and recommends these airplane tours as well as these super hot helicopter rides: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/helicopters/
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