Grand Canyon Air Tours - Helicopter and Airplane Tours for Everybody!

Published: 24th July 2015
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For those who are ready to explore Grand Canyon, take an air excursion. Choices vary from helicopter to plane flights. Choose the one that's perfect for you. Read this article.

These tours take off from a couple of different places, and one of them is near the South Rim in Tusayan, AZ. Others depart from locations in the Las Vegas area. Vegas is situated closer to the West Rim and you can fly from Vegas to Grand Canyon West in 30 to 45 minutes by plane or chopper.

Helicopter Tours Of The Grand Canyon

Helicopters leaving from Vegas only do Grand Canyon West because of the distance to the South Rim. However, if you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim when you're starting out in Vegas, all you have to do is take a plane to Tusayan and begin your tour. The airplane tours out of Vegas can be upgraded to include a helicopter tour of the South and North Rims.

West Rim and South Rim helicopter tours do air tours over the National Park, and if you depart from Vegas, you get the option of landing at the top and/or bottom of the Canyon. Included in all Vegas flights are such sights as Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. A fun landing tour package to the West Rim includes a helicopter descent to the canyon floor where you can enjoy a champagne picnic. It's an experience you don't want to miss, and if you can book a sunset flight, you will see some amazing views of the sun setting over the canyon.

Basic vs. Deluxe Grand Canyon Helicopters

Even though basic tours cost less, you should take a deluxe tour if you can. A deluxe tour comes with these fun benefits:

1. The transportation provide with your tour package is by limo rather than a shuttle van

2. Deluxe flights from Vegas include an aerial tour of the Strip on the way back from the Canyon

3. Your tour will utilize the EcoStar 130 helicopters, which offer the best aerial views with their wraparound windows, stadium-style seating, oversized cabins, and aerodynamic design

Helicopter Tours Of The South Rim

The helicopter tours of the South Rim are categorized by flight time. There is a shorter 30-minute flight, and a more comprehensive 50-minute flight that covers 3/4 of the National Park, so you should take the longer air tour if you can, so you see as much of the region as possible.

Vegas Airplane Tours

Las Vegas helicopters and airplanes follow the same route to the canyon, the only difference is the airplanes fly higher in the sky. Since the planes are bigger and hold more passengers with each flight, it is usually easier to book a plane tour, and they cost less too. So if a helicopter tour is sold out, see if a similar airplane tour is available. One will probably be available.

Here are two more tips to know about taking an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon:

1. A fun tour package that departs from Vegas and goes to the West Rim is the one that flies you down to the canyon floor on a chopper where you can hop on a raft to float along the smooth waters of the Colorado River. It's a lot of fun, and you'll see many amazing sights!

2. The 50-minute South Rim plane flight is also worthy of consideration. You'll see more of the canyon than you would in a week if you stayed on the ground!

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, this article lets you know why I firmly believe that aerial tours are the best way to see the magnificent Grand Canyon. Just be sure to book your tour at least two weeks ahead of time before it sells out. One last tip is to buy your tour online so you get the low Internet rate and enjoy fantastic savings over the usual cost of your tour.


Grand Canyon travel authority Lea Fallon recommends going here for National Park airplane excursions and here for chopper adventures:

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