Grand Canyon Airplane: Hot Flights For Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) Travelers

By Debbie Shooster

Ready to mix a little adventure with romance on Valentine's Day? One fantastic way to do that is with a getaway that includes an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon. You can take one of these flights from Arizona, which is near the South Rim, and from Vegas. Valentine's Day is a popular time for airplane tours, so it's important you get your tour booked as soon as possible, while there are still seats open.

Airplanes from Las Vegas

Flying from Vegas, you can head to either the West Rim, or the South Rim in Tusayan, Arizona. On the way to the Canyon, the flights follow the same basic flight path, so no matter which tour you take, you will fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. Heading to the South Rim, you will also fly over Northern Arizona.

You can choose from planes which perform air-only flights, or you can purchase tickets that land at the Grand Canyon. I prefer the landing flights, because the offer much more, and are perfect if you have a sense for adventure.

Although airplane landing tours land on top of the West Rim, you can transfer to a helicopter and descend to the Canyon floor if you want. When you get to the bottom of the Canyon you'll have the opportunity to partake of a romantic Champagne picnic and a float tour of the Colorado River. If you don't want to go to the bottom of the Canyon, you'll still find plenty to do on top of the rim, for instance, that's where the Skywalk is located. When you stand on the Skywalk, you are suspended 4000 feet above the Canyon floor on a bridge of glass that juts out 70 feet past the edge of the Canyon.

Touring The South Rim

South Rim tours won't allow you to go inside the Canyon itself, but there are some incredible sightseeing opportunities which make up for this. It takes just an hour to get to the South Rim from Vegas. The basic plane tour includes a 50 minute flyover of the National Park. This is identical to the helicopter tour that is available, although you will be flying at a higher elevation. This tour takes you on a route that covers 75% of the entire National Park!

If you want to see the South Rim up close, you can add on a bus tour that takes you on a ride through the park for about 2 1/2 hours. It goes to all the major landmarks at the South Rim, and provides plenty of photo opportunities. You can create any type of tour package you like, such as a flight to the South Rim, followed by a 30-minute helicopter flight, and then a 2 1/2 hour ride through the park.

Dress To Stay Warm

Since it is cold at the Canyon this time of year, it's best to dress in layers And don't forget to wear a jacket if you take a landing tour. Another thing to know is that the South Rim is much colder than the West Rim because the South Rim is at a higher elevation.

Book The Tour In Advance

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular times of the year for Grand Canyon helicopter flights. Whether you will go from Las Vegas to the West Rim, or the South Rim, make sure that you book early. Both areas sell out fast, so you should book at least two weeks in advance. Booking online means that you will get the best prices, and completing the purchase with your credit card will ensure that the seats are confirmed and there's no disappointment on the day.

To Wrap Up

I hope this has helped you to plan the best Valentine's Day for you and your special someone. There's nothing quite like the Grand Canyon for a romantic and adventurous getaway. Remember that there are plenty of options to suit your budget, and book online before your trip, so that you can confirm your seats and get the best prices. If you're at the West Rim, the bottom landing tour is the highlight. For South Rim travelers, choose the 50 minute flight over the National Park, for the most extensive sightseeing experience. Whatever you choose, have fun, and make the most of Valentine's Day 2016.

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