Vacationers in Las Vegas usually find so many fun things to do there they don't think of going any place else. Don't make that mistake. No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without paying a visit to the magnificent Grand Canyon. I guarantee you'll be thrilled if you add the canyon to your list of things to see.
Although there are other ways to see the National Park, the best choices are tours by bus, airplane or helicopter. Those three choices are the most popular for vacationers in Vegas based upon cost and time to spend. If you can spend all day, then a bus tour is ideal, but if you are short on time, choose a helicopter or airplane tour. Bus tours are the cheapest, helicopter tours are the most expensive, and airplane tours fall in between.
Bus tours are the best choice for those with limited funds, but they are also good for people who are afraid to fly or who can't fly. You can catch one to either the South Rim or the West Rim. The South Rim is farther away and takes 5 hours to get to but the West Rim is only about 2 hours away. However, both of then last longer than 12 hours from beginning to end. That's why I recommend you avoid making any show or dinner reservations that evening.
If you are looking for excitement, helicopter tours provide the most adventurous way to see the Grand Canyon. Except on Christmas Day, direct chopper flights from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West (the West Rim of the canyon) are scheduled on a daily basis. If you are departing from Vegas, you can't take a chopper directly to the South Rim so you will have to book a combo tour that takes you by bus or plane to the canyon. I recommend opting for the plane. The South Rim is a 5- hour bus ride away, but by plane it only takes 45 minutes.
When it comes to helicopter tours, you can choose air-only or a landing flight. Landing tours either land at the top or (only at the West Rim) on the canyon floor. You can also upgrade and add fun activities like a visit to the glass Skywalk and a boat ride down the Colorado River. Landing tours are certainly the most exciting way to see the canyon if you have the time and money to spend. They provide you with an experience you will always remember because you can experience the canyon up-close. Landing isn't necessary though, you can still enjoy this majestic wonder from the air by taking in the awesome scenery from a bird's eye view.
Airplane tours also offer the option to land or view from the air only. If you are short on time, then the airplane is the fastest way to get the Grand Canyon. The airplanes usually hold about nineteen people so they are large and comfortable. They are made for sightseeing. They are built so the wings attach on top and don't obstruct views below the plane, plus the windows are much larger than they are in traditional planes.
If you'll be traveling with a large group, an airplane tour might be the best choice. Choppers only seat six, but your entire group could fly on the same plane and it wouldn't be anywhere near as expensive. You can usually get your whole group on the same airplane, even if you go during peak travel months.
Included in your tour of the Grand Canyon is free pickup and drop-off to your hotel on the Strip, taxes, park fees, guide services, and lunch expect for the air only tours. Your tour package to the Grand Canyon comes with free shuttle service to and from your Vegas hotel, lunch except for air only tours, taxes, park fees, and a friendly guide. You don't need to worry about planning anything. The tours are all-inclusive and provide you with good value for your money. You will love taking a tour of the Grand Canyon whether you go by bus, chopper, or plane, it is an experience not to miss.
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