Think how amazing it would be to soar above the immense Grand Canyon while you are sitting in the lap of luxury. Well, you can if you take one of the canyon plane rides that fly out of Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South. Plane rides over the Grand Canyon are a unique way to see the sights, and they are perfect if you have a tight schedule.
It only takes 20 minutes to fly from Vegas to the canyon's West Rim, so if you take an aerial-only tour, you'll be back to your hotel within three hours. You could take an amazing tour and be back to the excitement on the Strip in the same amount of time you would spend watching a ball game on TV!
Flying to the South Rim takes a little longer; the flight from Vegas to the Grand Canyon National Airport there takes about 45 minutes. This flight offers some petty awesome sightseeing as it follows the Colorado River to your destination. If you can, get a seat on the left side of the plane and you will have access to the best views.
You'll see a number of breathtaking sights during a plane ride, including Eagle Point, Grand Cliffs Wash and the Grand Canyon Skywalk (the Glass Bridge) at the West Rim. The South Rim in Northern Arizona has some pretty amazing sights; a couple of them are Zuni Point and the Colorado Confluence. The North Rim is just as spectacular and you will get to see it too. The spectacular scenery is enough to make even the most experienced traveler's heart start racing! Bring your camera because you will want to capture the amazing views as you experience them so you can share them with friends back home.
Word of mouth contributes to the canyon's popularity, but many people visit the Grand Canyon more than once. The front-desk staff, bellhops and managers at South Rim hotels' Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar and others - know the first names of many of their guests because they've stayed there several times.
It is highly recommended that you book your tour seats as early as possible, even before you arrive in Vegas. Some travel agencies have international toll-free numbers for booking these flights. The airfields are easy to get to and are located in Boulder City, Grand Canyon West, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon plane rides that depart from Las Vegas often include shuttle service that picks you up and drops you off at your hotel, but if you plan to take a South Rim flight, you need to make your own arrangements.
Grand Canyon plane tours are so popular, and there is so much competition between operators, that the cost of the trip is usually quite affordable. Kids that are under ten years old usually fly cheaper than adults. Take your time and shop around for the best prices. You'll find the best deals online, because that's where tour companies offer their current discounts and other promotions. Just avoid getting a ticket from one of those kiosks on the Vegas Strip because you will probably pay a lot more than necessary.
The planes used for these Grand Canyon tours offer a most enjoyable ride with climate-controlled cabins and plenty of room for up to seventeen people. Legroom is not an issue, even for tall people, and the seats are ultra-comfy. What's more, these luxury planes were made with extra large windows so they provide unobstructed views of the magnificent scenery below. Even the wings are elevated to ensure everyone has clear views of all the natural wonders. While you're flying over the canyon you'll realize that everything about these plane tours has been designed to give you a wonderful experience.