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Grand Canyon Tours - Picking the Best One

Justine Moriarity

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Seeing the Grand Canyon is on many people's bucket lists. So what is the best way to go about it? By taking a tour.

Well, it's not exactly that simple, but it's not hard either if you know how to go about it. This is how you do it.

The first thing you need to figure out is your starting point. It might be a place in Arizona like Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Sedona, or Las Vegas in Nevada.

Tours Out Of Vegas

So, let's say you're in Vegas, which, by the way, is an awesome place to start because prices there are relatively cheap. You'll be able to pick from helicopter, airplane and bus tours.

As you can imagine, helicopter tours are quite popular and exciting, but seats on them are limited. Choppers fly to the West Rim from Las Vegas 365 days a year. There are air-only and landing tours available.

If you are short on time, air tours are the best way to go. However, if you can, landing tours are better because they include fun things to do at the canyon. Some of the things you might want to do is add on passes to the glass Skywalk or take a sunset flight.

Airplane Tours Of The Grand Canyon

You can take an airplane tour and follow the same flight route as the chopper tours, and even get the same adventure add-ons. The big difference between airplane and heli is cost and altitude (planes fly higher). Planes, too, seat more people, so if your heli option is sold out I urge you to consider a plane trip.

You can take chopper and airplane tours at the South Rim too. Chopper tours are thirty or fifty minutes long. The plane tour is a 50-minute ride. No matter which you pick, all are superb. Me, I'm partial to the longer heli ride because you get to see so much the park, which makes it an ideal option if you are short on time.

A note about window seats. Everyone loves window seats so you have to pay more to get one. On helicopters, there's no guarantee you'll get one because seating is dictated by the cumulative weight of all passengers. But, you should try for a window seat if you can. Planes are easier because there are more windows.

Grand Canyon Bus Tours

Air tours are at the top of the price range. If they are out of budget, most definitely consider a bus tour. You can choose a bus tour if you depart from Vegas or Phoenix. The depart from Las Vegas at 7 a. m. They do not depart later in the day.

If you will start in Vegas, you can take a bus tour to the South or West Rim. The West Rim is closest so it is a shorter ride. Keep in mind, all of the bus tours are day-long adventures, so you won't get back to your hotel until the evening.

If you want to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk and all the fun things to do there, then you have to take a tour to the West Rim. If you want the “official" National Park, go to the South Rim. Lastly, bus tours are all-inclusive, which means they come with lunch, hotel pick up/drop off and all taxes and fees.


Tours of the Grand Canyon offer plenty of scenic views and fun things to do. Whether you go by airplane, helicopter, or bus, you'll have a fantastic experience. It's best to book all in advance so you get a seat as they've become quite popular. Plus, it is easy to do when you book online. Don't put off the experience of a lifetime. Have a great trip!


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