You may not realize it, but the coldest months of autumn and winter are ideal for an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon. You can travel by helicopter or plane, and taking one of these air tours is a unique and fun way to enjoy a vacation travel experience.
You can take one of these tours if you are in Las Vegas, or you can take one from the airport along the southern edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. If you are interested in air-only tours, you can find them in both places. Tours leaving Las Vegas and heading to the West Rim also include landing options, at the top of the edge or at the bottom of the canyon.
Landing tour with picnic
A helicopter tour of Las Vegas in particular is quite popular among travelers to the canyon. It comes with a helicopter descent to the bottom of the canyon where a fun picnic with champagne awaits you. This tour comes with the option of including a rafting tour along the smooth waters of the Colorado River. The tours that land at the top of the edge are also fun, these allow you to visit the Skywalk.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a famous glass bridge that allows you to stand 4000 feet above the floor of the canyon on a glass panel. And when you walk to the far end of the bridge, you'll be 70 feet beyond the edge of the canyon. The view from that point of view is quite impressive.
When you book your helicopter tour of Las Vegas, you can opt for a basic tour or upgrade to the luxury tour. If you take a basic tour, you must take a van to the airfield in Boulder City, which is half an hour outside of Las Vegas. If you upgrade to the luxury tour, you can fly in an EcoStar 130 tourist helicopter and take off from the Las Vegas Strip, in addition to getting free limousine transportation to and from your hotel.
The South Rim helicopter tours last 30 or 50 minutes. The longer route costs a little more, but it gives you a much more complete experience. When you take this tour, you will fly over approximately 75 percent of the entire National Park.
Airplanes that fly from Las Vegas cover the same terrain as helicopters, but they cost less since they carry more passengers per route. You can choose a route only by air or you can book a route where the plane lands in the canyon. Take the landing tour if you can, so you can experience the canyon on foot.
While airplanes cannot land on the floor of the canyon, it can be transferred to a helicopter after landing the plane and reach the bottom of the canyon that way. Air travel through the West Rim can come with accessories such as a raft ride on the Colorado River and access to the Skywalk. If you are in Las Vegas, you can also book a plane tour to the South Rim that comes with a helicopter tour of the South Rim.
Touring the southern edge
When it comes to touring the South Rim, buying a package that includes a fifty-minute plane ride along the edge is a good option. You can see the same landmarks seen on the long helicopter tour, including the Dragoon Corridor. This corridor is characterized by being the deepest and widest section of the Grand Canyon.
All these Grand Canyon flights are popular, so you want to book your tour at least two weeks in advance. Do not wait until the last minute to buy your tour, even waiting 72 hours before departure is risky. You probably won't find open seats, and if you do, you will probably have to pay more for your tour.
When you are ready to book your tour, do it online, so you can save some money. It is also a very convenient way to book a tour. The savings could be significant. It is not uncommon to save up to 35 percent of the retail cost of an air route from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon when shopping online.
Watch the weather
In winter, snow could be seen in the Grand Canyon. Be sure to check the weather forecast before leaving on your tour and dress appropriately for the weather. You will feel comfortable while in flight because airplanes and helicopters have climate control. Landing tours are another matter, and you want to dress for weather conditions, so you can fully enjoy your time on the ground in the Grand Canyon.