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Grand Canyon Tours - Christmas Helicopter And Plane Adventures
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By: Susan Bissonnette Email Article
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If you're in Vegas for the holidays this year, why not take an airplane or helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon? Winter is a very pretty season for touring the canyon, and you'll find some fantastic rates over the holidays.

The helicopters and airplanes operate all year, so you can take a tour any day except for Christmas day.

Save Money on Your Grand Canyon Christmas Tour

The winter months are the best time to find good deals on Grand Canyon tours. For starters, you want to book your tour in advance. Then you can snag an early bird deal. Although you'll probably be able to get your tour tickets up to about 72 hours in advance, it is better to play it safe and get your seats two weeks ahead of time. And when you're ready to buy your tickets, be sure to do it online, because that is where you'll find the lowest prices.

Choosing Flights

The first choice you need to make is whether you want to take an air-only tour or one that lands at the canyon. The landing tours offer more thrills and fun, but if you need to save money, you may want to opt for an air-only tour. You'll see a lot on the aerial tours because you'll have about three hours of air time.

Landing Tours

Landing flights can either take you to the bottom, or the top of the West Rim. For obvious reasons, landing on the bottom is recommended. You'll be treated to a unique view of the canyon, and operators offer packages with a Champagne picnic.

But landing on top of the rim has its perks too since that is where the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk is located, and it allows you to walk right out over the canyon on a thick plate of glass.

South Rim

If you want to experience the South Rim of the Grand Canyon you'll need to take an airplane from Las Vegas. These air flights go straight to the national park, arriving within 60 minutes of departure. The tours allow you more than two hours to tour the Grand Canyon National Park, which is plenty of time to see the main landmarks. You can even upgrade your tour package to include a half hour helicopter flight over the South and North Rims while you're there.

Vegas Airplane Tours

You can also take an airplane tour to the West Rim from Vegas. They fly along the same path the helicopters take, they just fly at a higher altitude. Plane tours are the least expensive type of aerial tour, so they are great if you need to control your spending. Plus, you can always add on a helicopter tour of the canyon area, so you never have to worry about sacrificing the quality of your sightseeing.


Taking an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon during the Christmas season is a fabulous idea. There is a tour for any budget, whether you fly by plane or chopper. Both types of tours are amazing and you'll see many beautiful sights. Just remember to book your tour online and do it in advance. That way you'll save money on a tour to one of the most scenic wonderlands on earth.

The author is an expert on the Grand Canyon and proposes these incredible plane tours along with these magnificent helicopter trips:

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