Christmas is fast approaching, and it's time for leisure and celebration. Will you be doing something special this year? If you've been looking for something different to do this holiday season, then you won't find anything better than an airplane tour to the Grand Canyon. Tours depart from both Las Vegas and Tusayan, Arizona, but you will have to get in quick because tickets will be popular at this busy time of year.
Taking A Tour From Arizona
Flights from Tusayan are not as popular as those from Vegas, but this doesn't mean that they're not worth looking at. Vegas is more convenient for most travelers, which is one of the reasons why Arizona is considered the 'quieter' part of the Canyon. This can work to your advantage, and the sights at the South Rim are truly impressive.
There are two airplane tours in AZ., one is a 30 minute tour to the North Rim and back to the South, and the other is a longer 50 minute tour that goes to the North Rim as well as the eastern park boundary. I highly recommend the longer tour, and on it you will see around 75% of the park. If you're close to Arizona then these tours will be super convenient, and even if you're in Vegas, Tusayan is just a short one hour flight away.
There are also ground based Jeep Tours that you can add on to your ticket. These tours are two hours long and take you to all of the best parts of the South Rim. Unique to this area of the Canyon, these tours provide a real sense of adventure, and plenty of photo opportunities.
Las Vegas Tours
Tours will be operating every day of the year, except for Christmas Day. When you fly from Vegas, you get to view the nearby Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on the way. Once you're within the National Park, you will complete a scenic flyover.
If you choose landing flights, and you really should, then you have the option to go to the bottom of the Canyon on a helicopter.
Bottom landing flights will give you the opportunity to explore the canyon on a boat ride, and celebrate with a champagne picnic. The bottom of the Canyon is a truly spectacular place, with rich history.
Top landing flights will offer you time to check out the walking tracks, viewing spots, and of course there is the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This is the ultimate viewing platform. With a transparent glass floor, you will marvel at the Canyon bottom that is 4000 feet below you. The platform extends 70 feet over the edge of the Canyon, and there's simply nothing else like it, no matter where you travel in the world.
Airplane tours are more affordable than helicopters, while still offering a fantastic sightseeing experience. These tour airplanes will seat up to 19 passengers, which makes them ideal for larger groups. You can plug into an audio guide while on the flight, and the service is offered in multiple languages. Airplanes have top mounted wings, oversized windows, and comfortable bucket seats. Airplanes fly the same routes as helicopters, although they do fly at higher altitudes.
Dressing For The Canyon
It's starting to get cold, so make sure you dress warm. Make sure you have a winter jacket with some lighter layers on underneath. If you're exploring the West Rim from Vegas, or taking a Jeep ride at the South Rim, you will need the extra warmth that a good jacket can provide.
I hope this information helps you to plan your winter vacation. Airplane tours are great for family vacations, and there's no better place to tour than the Grand Canyon. With plenty of options from Vegas and Arizona, you will be able to find a package that suits you. Book as early as possible, and complete your booking online. This way you will get the best prices for your big Christmas adventure.
Pro writer Lea Fallon suggests these Grand Canyon excursions along with this page that lists the top plane excursions to the Canyon from Vegas and the South Rim: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/best-airplane-tours/