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Grand Canyon Trips - Xmas Helicopter And Plane Excursions

Justine Moriarity

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If you're in Vegas for the holidays this year, why not take an airplane or helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon? Winter is the perfect season to experience the canyon, and you'll be able to take advantage of some of the best rates available all year.

Grand Canyon flights operate almost year round, so you'll be able to hop on a flight every day of the holidays, barring Christmas day.

Save Money on Your Grand Canyon Christmas Tour

Prices over the holiday season are greatly reduced when compared to peak times. The best strategy is to book in advance. This will allow you to take advantage of ‘early bird’ deals. It's a good idea to book at least two weeks ahead of your trip, but even if you forget you'll be able to find bookings as late as 72 hours before your intended flight. Booking online will net you even bigger discounts.

Choosing Flights

When you're thinking about these canyon flights you'll need to choose between air only, and landing flights. Air only flights are more economical, however landing flights offer the best Grand Canyon experience. Air tours can last for up to three hours of total flight time.

Grand Canyon Landing Flights

Landing flights can either take you to the bottom, or the top of the West Rim. For obvious reasons, landing on the bottom is recommended. You'll be treated to a unique view of the canyon, and operators offer packages with a Champagne picnic.

There's fun for those who land at the top too, because they can head out on to the famed Skywalk, looking down on the canyon from clear reinforced glass, giving the feeling of actually walking right over the Grand Canyon.

South Rim

If you want to experience the South Rim of the Grand Canyon you'll need to take an airplane from Las Vegas. These air flights go straight to the national park, arriving within 60 minutes of departure. You'll spend over two hours at the Grand Canyon and the surrounding national park, allowing ample time to take in all of the sights and famous landmarks. You could even upgrade your tickets to add a heli tour once you're inside the park, allowing a half hour of additional air sightseeing over the North and South Rims.

Air Tours by Plane Out of Vegas

Air flights by plane head out to the West Rim. They fly the same route as the helicopter tours, albeit at a much higher altitude. Plane tours are popular with budget conscious travelers. Because you can supplement these flights with a helicopter tour at the Canyon itself, you won't sacrifice sightseeing for the lower price.


Christmas is the perfect time of year to check out the canyon, and Grand Canyon flights are the perfect way to see everything. Choosing between helicopter and airplane flights will depend on your budget and how much you're hoping to see. However, whichever option you choose will leave you with unforgettable memories of a trip of a lifetime. Remember to book in advance and book online. You'll save money and ensure your spot on a tour of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Tips from the Author

The writer is an expert on the Grand Canyon and suggests these incredible plane tours together with these amazing helicopter flights:


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