Grand Canyon Plane Tours
The dimensions of the Grand Canyon are staggering.
It's depth averages one mile. Lengthwise, it's 277 miles. The standard visitor to the South Rim experiences only a fraction of this splendor. If you want to see it all, book a flight on an airplane tour.�
Flights depart daily from Grand Canyon National Park Airport, which is on the outskirts of Tusayan, the small town just outside the Park's main gate. The airport is a flurry of activity (including helicopter) and serves as the primary base for incoming and outgoing South Rim air traffic.�
Two of the most popular operators of air tours are Grand Canyon Airlines and Scenic Airlines. These companies and others use an aircraft called the Vistaliner. This aircraft seats 19 people and was designed specifically for sightseeing and features large viewing windows.
In addition, most planes include in-flight narration about fascinating facts and history about the Grand Canyon as you fly above it.
Typical air tours depart the Grand Canyon National Park Airport and head for the eastern portion of the Canyon. During this stage of the tour, you'll see such wondrous sights like Zuni Point and the Zuni Corridor, the Painted Desert, the Desert Watchtower, the expansive and solitary Navajo Indian Reservation, and the upper Colorado River.�
The aircraft will bank at this point, crossing majestic Temple Butte, before flying to the North Rim (the distance between South and North Rim is 10 miles), where you will be treated to fantastic views of the Kaibab Plateau and Kaibab National Forest. Imperial Point, the highest point in the Canyon, will come into view as the tour wends its way westward then south over Dragon Corridor, the widest and most open part of the Canyon, before you prepare for an exciting landing.�
Total tour time averages about 50 minutes. If you can, I suggest you get a window seat on the right side of the plane for the best views and pictures (seating is usually assigned at check-in). Expect to pay on average $125 per adult and $90 for a child. Cheaper pricing can be found if you book online.�
If you are based in Las Vegas, there are several operators who offer a plane ride to the South Rim. This trip includes a guided bus tour to the South Rim. The bus-tour segment is three hours with key stops at select Grand Canyon lookout points such as Mather myanmar travel itinerary Point, Yavapai Observation Center, and Hermit's Rest.
Flight time from Vegas to the South Rim is approximately 45 minutes.�
Grand Canyon airplane tours are the #1 way to see the National Park in all its glory. You'll see more canyon in an hour that most travelers will experience in days on the ground. Flights leave from Grand Canyon Airport, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the rim.
From a cost perspective, these trips are under-priced. To get the absolute best deal, shop the Internet. There are deals out there that take up to 35 % off the retail price. That is guaranteed to change as more travelers discover these air tours. Until then, the sky's the limit!�