Top Grand Canyon Wintertime Getaway Sightseeing Trips

Published: 24th July 2015
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It's the X-mas holiday season at Grand Canyon National Park and now more than ever is the time to visit. Especially if you take tour (chopper, airplane or bus). Discover why. Read this article.

The North Rim closes for the winter, reopening in March. There are still two rims left to visit. You can go to the West or South Rim. You can begin one of these tours in the city of Vegas or from the South Rim.

If you take off from Vegas, you can go to the West Rim or the South Rim. However, when you are at the South Rim, you can only visit the South Rim.

Las Vegas will give the most options for your Grand Canyon tours. Depending on your preferences and budget, you can tour by airplane, helicopter, or motor coach. However, the airplane tours are the only ones that operate on Christmas day.

Touring By Helicopter

The helicopters that fly out of Vegas only tour the West Rim because the South Rim is too far away. However, these flights will take you to both the top of the Canyon, in addition to the base. One of the more popular tours is the one that flies to the canyon floor where you enjoy a champagne picnic before taking a raft ride on the Colorado River.

The Vegas helicopter tours are available in basic or deluxe versions. The basic trip involves a 30-minute shuttle connection to Boulder City, which is the gateway to the Canyon. Deluxe packages include a limousine service and begin in The Strip. As an added bonus, you get an aerial view of the Strip when your chopper returns for a landing.

Helicopter tours that depart from the South Rim are 30 or 50 minutes long. The short trip is fun and allows you to see some of the main landmarks like the Dragoon Corridor. I prefer the 50 minute trip, because it nearly doubles the airtime for a little more and you still see the Dragoon Corridor in addition to more of the park.

Touring By Plane

The plane rides from Vegas travel the same area as the Grand Canyon tours, just at a higher altitude. Airplane tours are cheaper and so they are a great option for travelers who are on a budget when it comes to air excursions. One of the plane tours you may want to consider lands at the West Rim where you can enjoy fun things to do such as walk on the glass Skywalk or transfer to a helicopter and fly to the canyon floor.

In contrast to heli rides, Vegas plane trips do go direct to the South Rim and offer you a host of great sightseeing opportunities. You can upgrade your plane tour to include a 2 1/2 hour bus tour of the Grand Canyon National Park at the South Rim. You can also add on a helicopter tour if you want some added adventure and sightseeing.

There are plane rides at the Canyon's South Rim, too, and they essentially follow the same flight plan as the extended helicopter rides. It departs from Grand Canyon National Park Airport in the town of Tusayan. If you're traveling with a large group, it is harder to get seats for everyone on a chopper, so the plane tours are ideal.


You can catch a bus tour from Vegas that goes to the South Rim or the West Rim. Grand Canyon bus tours are the most affordable way to see this wonder of nature. The buses take off early each morning from the Strip, and they last a full day. Normally, they will return at 9 PM, so avoid making dinner and show reservations, as you won't make them.


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