Nothing Compares To Experiencing The Grand Canyon By Airplane!

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The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the most beautiful natural formations on the planet. It has earned the designation as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The scenic vistas are awesome and offer a glimpse into the ancient geology of the region. The canyon covers more than one million acres so there are many sights to take in. Grand Canyon airplane tours are the ideal way to see as much of the region as possible.

Take a look at these interesting factoids:

  • The widest point is 18 miles across but the average width is 10 miles
  • It is 277 miles long
  • The canyon is more than a mile deep
  • The canyon was formed over hundreds of millions of years by the Colorado River cutting through the Kaibab Plateau
  • Some of the most ancient exposed rock is found here in the Vishnu Basement layer, the other two strata are the Supergroup layer and the Paleozoic layer

Air Tours From Vegas

Airplane tours of the Grand Canyon depart daily from Vegas. You have your choice of an air only tour and a landing tour, both of them let you see the massive Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The air-only tours are best if you don't have much time or money to spend. Still, many people prefer the landing tours. There are some fantastic options for landing tours.

For instance, a great landing tour is the one that comes with a helicopter flight to the canyon floor where you can take a raft tour of the Colorado River. Another fun tour comes with passes to the thrilling glass Skywalk. At the farthest point, you will be standing on a glass bridge 70 feet beyond the canyon wall and 4000 feet above the bottom!

You can also choose to fly to the South Rim from Vegas and the flight only takes about an hour. That is a lot better than riding a bus for 5 hours to get there! These particular tours include a 2-hour bus tour of the National Park once you get to the South Rim. An exciting option you should consider is a dramatic helicopter ride along the Dragoon Corridor.

Flights To The South Rim

Plane tours of the South Rim take off daily from Tusayan, Arizona at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, or GCN. You can choose a short thirty-minute flight or a longer fifty-minute version. The longer flight is better if you have the time.

You will see many notable landmarks on your aerial tour including Marble Canyon in the eastern part of the canyon. You will also see the area where the Little Colorado River and the Colorado meet up, which is called the Colorado Confluence along with the one bridge that connects the North and South Rims.

You flight also takes you to the remote areas of the North Rim, which is close November through April. The largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the U.S. is there along with an abundance of wildlife such as big horn sheep, hawks, gray fox, elk, California condors, and mountain lions. After that, you will fly along Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest part of the canyon as you head back to the airport in Tusayan.

Wrapping Up

The Grand Canyon is a massive region that is impossible to see from the ground in just a few days. If you go to the National Park, you should definitely try to see as much of it as possible. You won't see it all, even from an airplane, but you will see most of it. That is why airplane tours are so popular among visitors to the Grand Canyon!

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This article was published on 2013/08/02