While you can take an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon any time of year, summer is the optimum time, and the season is closing soon with the arrival of Labor Day. Lots of people are taking their last vacations of the summer, so the tours will fill up fast.
The tour planes that fly out of Las Vegas go to the South Rim or the West Rim. It takes about a half hour to fly from Vegas to the West Rim and around an hour to fly to the South Rim. When you consider it can take almost six hours to drive to the South Rim, you save quite a bit of time.
You can choose from two basic tour types. One is a landing tour and the other is an air-only tour. Since all the planes fly along the same route from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, you'll get to see the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead no matter what kind of tour you buy. The landing tours stop over at the Grand Canyon so you can enjoy some land activities there for a while, but the air-only tours just fly over the canyon before heading back to Vegas.
If you need to watch your budget, then an air tour is ideal since it is the least expensive. However, the landing tours are a lot of fun since you get to add on some adventures. For instance, one of the more popular tours is the airplane flight that lands at the West Rim. It's exciting because you can upgrade the tour to include a helicopter descent to the bottom of the canyon and a boat ride along the Colorado River that wends it's way along the base of the towering rock walls.
You can also choose a plane tour that includes VIP passes to the world famous Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is an immense glass bridge that you can walk on and stand 70 feet past the edge of the rim. When you look through the glass floor you can peer down to the canyon bottom 4000 feet below you. This is a rush you won't find anywhere else.
South Rim Plane Tours
The South Rim airplane tour lasts about 45 minutes. The tour originates from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, which is situated in Tusayan, AZ. This tour flies over to the eastern border of the park and up to the North Rim. By the time your plane returns to the South Rim, you'll have flown over about 3/4 of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The sightseeing planes used for these tours can carry 19 people. There are two FAA certified pilots on each plane to ensure a safe flight. These planes are also laid out to give you the ultimate experience. They include oversized windows, cabins, and wings that won't obstruct the views. The design of the plane ensures you'll have the best views possible of the amazing scenery below you.
Plane Tours Are More Affordable
Airplane tours follow the same paths that you take on a helicopter tour. The difference is they are cheaper and will accommodate more people, while flying at a higher altitude. If for some reason you want to have a more personalized experience, then a helicopter ride is perhaps a better choice for you. Just note it will cost you about 50% more for the trip.
Labor Day weekend is always one of the busiest times at the Grand Canyon. Therefore, you need to buy your tour early, and you can do it online. You don't want to wait until you arrive or within 72 hours of the flight time. The seats will probably be sold out if you wait, and if you luck out and find some, you'll have to pay a lot more money for them.
Now that you know a little about Grand Canyon plane tours over Labor Day, it's time to start planning your trip. Pick the rim you want to tour and then get your seats booked before it's too late. When you do it online and in advance, you're guaranteed to have an experience you'll never forget, without missing out on your air tours because you waited too long.
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