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Grand Canyon Tours - Helicopter, Airplane Rides During Labor Day Vacation

Justine Moriarity

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Wondering what's fun and exciting for a 2015 Labor Day celebration? If you're looking for something to make the holiday special, then you can't go wrong with Grand Canyon flights. There will be helicopter and airplane tours available, and lots of tour options to choose from.

Tours From The City That Never Sleeps

Las Vegas is the hub for all tour flights to the West Rim of the National Park. Air tours come in two options, which are landing, or air only. As the names suggest, an air only tour will give you a flyby of the Grand Canyon, whereas a landing tour will set you down either at the bottom of the canyon near the Colorado River, or at the top rim.

The air-only tours are the most affordable, but the landing tours are the most fun if you can fit one into your budget. Even though the landing tours set down at the canyon, they also fly over it so you get an aerial tour along with some fun activities on the ground. One tour comes with a boat ride along the river so you can see the canyon from the bottom up, as well as a champagne picnic on the canyon floor. If you book a tour that lands on top of the rim, you can include tickets to the popular Skywalk attraction. The Skywalk is a glass platform that suspends you 4000 feet above the canyon floor. Even after being in a helicopter, this is an exhilarating experience.

Airplane Flights And The South Rim

Airplane tours are more affordable than helicopter tours, and they are the best choice when you are traveling with a large group of people. The follow the same tour route, the only difference is they fly higher than helicopters. They also can't land at the bottom of the canyon, but they are only around 80% of the cost of a helicopter tour.

Another reason you might want to take an airplane tour is because they fly out to the South Rim in Arizona. It would take you over five hours to drive to Tusayan from Vegas, but in a plane it will only take one hour. From here, you could take a bus tour around the South Rim, enjoy a breathtaking Jeep tour, or you could even board a helicopter to see the South Rim, North Rim, and the far eastern boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park.

The helicopter tours of the South Rim are thirty or fifty minutes long. I recommend the 50 minute one, because you will see almost 75% of the National Park.

You will have plenty of options to combine helicopter, Jeep, or bus tours on the ground, so no matter how much time you have or what your budget is, you will find a package that suits you at the South Rim.

Buy Your Tour Online And Book Early

Labor Day is a very busy vacation holiday weekend, so you need to book your tour as soon as possible. You probably want to get your tour booked as soon as you get your hotel reservations made. You can buy your tour online with your credit card and have your seats reserved and waiting, plus when you buy online, you'll get the lowest price.

An air tour of the Grand Canyon is an amazing experience you'll never forget. You'll get to see breathtaking scenery, soak up Native American culture, and immerse yourself in nature, plus you'll have some thrilling adventures too.

Tips from the Author

The writer is an expert on Grand Canyon air tours and recommends readers go here for airplane tour reviews and here for terrific helicopter deals:


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