Congratulations on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you will have a fantastic time because there is so much to do there. The tours are the most fun and there are several from which to choose. All the tours are worth the price and you will have a great time on whichever one you choose.
If you're planning to visit the National Park, you'll first need to decide whether to do the South Rim or the West Rim. You will tour the South Rim if you start in an Arizona city like Sedona, Phoenix, Williams, or Flagstaff. Vegas-based travelers are lucky because they can choose either rim.
Motor Coach Tours
The most affordable tours of the Grand Canyon are the bus tours. Day trips set out for the South Rim from Phoenix with a stop at Sedona along the way. The motor coach tours that depart from Vegas and go to the South Rim last a full day and provide lots of fun things to enjoy. For instance, you can add on a helicopter flight if you want. The tours to the West Rim have lots of fun options too such as a helicopter descent to the canyon floor, a raft ride on the Colorado River, and a walk on the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Helicopter Tours Of The Grand Canyon
At the West Rim, the chopper tours can be aerial only or they can land. The helicopter tours at the South Rim are air only since choppers are prohibited from landing there.
The South Rim chopper flights are available in thirty or fifty minute rides. The 30-minute flight passes over awesome scenery on its way to the North Rim and back. The longer tour does too, but adds everything up to the Park's eastern boundary. This long flight is amazing because it lets you fly over about 3/4 of the entire National Park region.
The air-only tours are stunningly beautiful but the landing tours offer white knuckle thrills and adventure. One of the fun landing tours takes you on a thrilling descent to the canyon floor and then treats you to a champagne picnic.
Grand Canyon Airplane Tours
Airplanes cannot fly below the rim at the canyon, but the follow the same flight path as the helicopters do. The South Rim plane tour, for instance, takes the same route as the 50-minute chopper tour. Vegas air-only tours are spectacular, but again I prefer the landing flights. You can select an airplane tour that comes with a helicopter ride to the floor of the canyon, a pass to the Skywalk, and a rafting trip on the smooth waters of the Colorado River.
Grand Canyon Smooth-Water Rafting
The rafting trips are simply spectacular and you should take your whole family and go since everyone over the age of four years old is allowed to participate. The rafting tour out of Vegas begins with a chopper descent to the floor of the canyon where you hop on a bus and head to the Hoover Dam to begin your eleven mile float to Willow Beach in Arizona. Rafting tours at the South Rim begin at Glen Canyon Dam and cover fifteen miles of the river before the tour ends at Lee's Ferry. The basic tour takes you to the dam by bus while the deluxe tour takes you on a 4x4 expedition first and then flies you to the dam to begin your raft trip.
Seats on these exciting tours of the Grand Canyon fill up fast because the tours are such great fun. Select the rim you want to see and the tour you want to experience and book your seats at least one week in advance. You'll get the best prices if you book on the Web.
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