Spring Break is the perfect time to take a fun trip to enjoy the warm weather and a few adventures too. If you're tired of the ‘same old’ Spring Break, or even if you just want to do something completely different, why not book a Grand Canyon Air Tour?
You can fly to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas or Arizona. The tours that depart from Vegas offer tours of the West Rim, while the Arizona tours all go to the South Rim. If you're in Vegas and you want to see the South, North, and East Rim areas of the National Park, there are direct flights that can be packaged with helicopter tours once you arrive in Arizona.
Las Vegas Air Tours
The Grand Canyon helicopters that fly out of Vegas also pass over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. That's adds an extra bonus to your Grand Canyon air tour. For the Canyon itself, there are both landing and air-only tours to choose from.
I love the landing tours, especially the one that goes to the bottom of the canyon. Once you land, you are treated to a champagne picnic beside the scenic Colorado River. The landing tours come with optional upgrades too, such as a boat ride along the river that allows you to see the beautiful rock walls and formations along the river basin.
If you land at the top of the canyon, you will get to explore the nearby areas and even take a walk out over the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is a glass bridge that allows you to walk out over the canyon and look down 4000 feet to the ground below you.
South Rim Helicopter Tours
If you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, the helicopter portion of your tour will begin at the South Rim, even if you depart from Vegas. Helicopter tours begin at the South Rim, and the standard tour will take you to the remote North Rim and back again. The tour includes thirty minutes of air time and lets you see some spectacular scenery.
Even though Grand Canyon helicopters can't land at the South Rim, the tours are definitely worth seeing. If you take the deluxe 50 minute tour you will get to see a staggering 75% of the park. These almost hour long Grand Canyon helicopter tours go from the South Rim, to the North Rim, and then out to the Eastern Rim boundary. You will see more of the Grand Canyon on Spring Break with this tour than many will in their entire lifetimes.
If you'd like something a little different, you can book a South Rim tour that includes a half hour helicopter tour with a two hour Jeep ride through the canyon. It's really fun because you can see famous landmarks from the air and from the ground too.
Helicopter Tours Are Popular, So Book Early
Tours can easily become booked out during Spring Break, so it's essential to RSVP as early as possible. Try to buy your tour at least two weeks ahead of time and even more than that if you can. It's a good idea to go ahead and book your helicopter tour at the same time you book your hotel reservations.
Booking online is safe and convenient, and doing so will give you access to live schedules to see exactly what is available. Plus, when you buy your tour online from the tour operator's website, you can avoid paying a travel agent, and that means you'll get the lowest price possible.
To Wrap Up
Hopefully this article helps you to get the most out of your Spring Break trip to the Grand Canyon. Touring the massive landmark by chopper is the ultimate thrilling experience. For those who want some adventure to go with the majestic views, a landing tour at the West Rim, or a jeep tour at the South Rim would fit the bill.
Remember to buy your tour early. Spring Break means that tickets are already selling out, so the sooner you get in, the more chance you will have of confirming a flight on your preferred day.
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