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Grand Canyon flights are available in a basic and deluxe version and if you want the best experience possible, you should opt for a deluxe tour if you can. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and if you opt for an upgraded tour, you will have the opportunity to experience more of its beauty. You will see scenic vistas and have fun adventures you will always remember.
There are several tours you can take, the planes and choppers take off several times daily from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport by the South Rim and from airfields in the Vegas area. Deluxe tours are available at both of the departure regions. When you choose a chopper tour that departs from Vegas, look for one that departs right from the Strip. Since the chopper is near the hotels, they pick you up and drop you off for free in a stretch limo rather than a shuttle van. The limo ride adds a touch of fun to your tour.
The Tour Helicopters
Another thing is to look for air tours that use the EcoStar 130 choppers. They are state-of-the-art chopper made especially for sightseeing. They offer more personal space than other choppers, even the Bell Rangers, plus the seats are arranged stadium-style and the windshield wraps around the chopper for the ultimate viewing experience. Other types of choppers may not provide all front-facing seats meaning there is a risk you will have to sit in a rear-facing jump seat if you don't fly on an EcoStar 130. After all, when you hover above the beautiful Grand Canyon, you want to have a good viewing vantage point so you don't miss anything.
You can opt for an airplane tour instead and you still get to choose your departure point, aircraft, and shuttle vehicle. Since helicopter tours often sell out, it is a good idea to look over the airplane tours available too. Planes hold more people so they do not fill up the seats as fast.
You can take a deluxe helicopter tour of the South Rim too but there is no free shuttle to take you there from Vegas, you'll need to find another way to get to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan. The air tours at the South Rim are either 30 minutes long or 50 minutes long.
A Popular Air Tour
Many people prefer the longer flight since it lets you see more of the canyon and wilderness area. The air tour begins at the airport near the South Rim and flies over to the eastern border of the Grand Canyon National Park. After that, it heads to the North Rim. The tour then heads back to the South Rim giving you a view of the deepest and widest part of the canyon called the Dragoon Corridor.
You can also see the exact same area on a plane tour of the South Rim, and it is less expensive too. The plane tour and the fifty-minute chopper tour let you see about 75 percent of the entire National Park from the air.
Be sure to dress comfortably for your tour in dark clothes because light clothes reflect sunlight, and above all else, don't forget to bring a camera or smart phone so you can take some great pics. You can enjoy the tour even if you don't speak English very well because there are tour recordings available in a variety of different languages.
When you go to the Grand Canyon, you can opt for a basic or deluxe tour. You also get to choose your departure point, either Vegas or the Grand Canyon National Park Airport by the South Rim. Two excellent tours to consider are the 50-minute helicopter tour of the South Rim and the deluxe helicopter tour that departs from the Strip in Vegas and flies to the West Rim. You can't really make a wrong choice when you book a deluxe tour because they are all great fun.