The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S. Sightseers from all around the world travel to Arizona to view the magnificent scenery, and many of them choose a guided tour by bus, helicopter, plane, Jeep, horse, mule, or even on foot.
If you take a tour out of the city of Las Vegas, you can choose between going to the West Rim or the South Rim. However, if your tour leaves from Sedona, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or somewhere else in the central part of Arizona, you can only choose a tour to the South Rim.
Here are some of the exciting and fun-filled tours you can choose:
Aerial Tours By Helicopter
You can enjoy a helicopter tour of the canyon from either rim, but the helicopters that depart from Vegas don't fly to the South Rim because it is too far away. That means Las Vegas helicopter tours only fly to the West Rim. If you have your heart set on seeing the South Rim and you plan to leave from Vegas, then you will need to take a bus or airplane to the canyon and board your helicopter there.
When you're choosing your tour, remember that the West Rim is the only place where choppers are allowed to land on the canyon floor. That is what makes West Rim tours so desirable; you get to land and add options such as a boat trip down the Colorado River. Landing tours that include optional VIP passes to the West Rim's Grand Canyon Skywalk are also extremely popular.
Things are different at the South Rim; there helicopters must stay above the level of the rim. Helicopter tours are available at the South Rim, but they fly rim-to-rim or fly over most of the National Park area. If you can only spend a day or two at the Grand Canyon, one of these flights might be ideal.
Motor Coach Tours
You can take guided tours of the West Rim and South Rim by bus from Las Vegas. Both of these tour destinations allow for a stop over at the Hoover Dam so you can take photographs. West Rim motor coach tours are flexible enough to let you add a chopper ride to the floor and a boat ride down the Colorado.
Bus tours from Vegas to the South Rim are the least expensive way to see this spectacular location. If you want, you can add an optional helicopter tour to your package.
Tours By Airplane
Airplane tours of the Grand Canyon are available for the South Rim and West Rim. There are air-only tours and landing tours; the landing tours are only available on the West Rim. If you decide to land at the West Rim, an enjoyable option would be to add a helicopter trip to the bottom of the canyon where you can float down the Colorado River. Another thing you can do at the West Rim is walk out on the thrilling glass Skywalk. Airplane tours of the South Rim take you on the same route as the 50-minute South Rim chopper tours.
Rafting Down The Colorado River
Smooth water rafting is available at both rims from April to November; this isn't the same as white water rafting. From Las Vegas, you will enjoy a scenic helicopter ride to the Hoover Dam where your boating trip begins. From there, your boat trip will take you eleven miles down river to Willow Beach, Arizona. Rafting tours at the South Rim begin with a motor coach or plane ride to Page, Arizona where you begin the fifteen-mile trip from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry.
All of these tours to the West Rim, raft, plane and helicopter, offer transportation to and from your hotel as part of the package. Plane, chopper and bus tours include lunch and the services of a professional tour guide. If you want to take an air tour of the South Rim, you will need to make your own arrangements for getting to the Grand Canyon Airport, except for rafting tours, which include shuttle service as part of the package.
All of these exciting guided tours of the Grand Canyon are so popular that seats fill up quickly; be sure to reserve you space well in advance so you don't get shut out. Remember to check the tour operators' websites before you book your seat so you can take advantage of current specials and coupons. To get the lowest internet deals, be sure to complete your purchase online.
Just don't wait to buy your tickets after you get to Vegas. The canyon tours you like may be sold out and if you do find one, you will have to pay more than you would by getting advance tickets.
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Travel author Justine Moriarity is a specialist on Grand Canyon excursions. If you are searching for the very best canyon outings at the cheapest price, she recommends you begin here: www.grandcanyon123.com
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