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Grand Canyon From The Air

Lauren Curd

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Arizona’s Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic sights in the USA and a must-see on most bucket lists. Approximately 5 million people head to the Grand Canyon each year to admire the dramatic views, enjoy hiking the varied trails and take a mule ride to the bottom of the canyon. The most popular location to appreciate the stunning scenery of the inner gorge of the Colorado River below is from the South Rim, with over 90% of the National Park’s visitors opting for this location when visiting on a day trip or overnight stay.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Arguably the most unforgettable way to visit the Grand Canyon is by air, with a helicopter or airplane tour. Enjoy aerial views of the ancient rocks that date back millions of years and hang in precarious positions. Soar over the mighty Colorado River, tracing its path as you travel, and witness the red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire. Many air tours of the Grand Canyon offer a sightseeing flight combined with the South Rim’s Skywalk adventure, or some time on the Canyon floor. Travel along the Colorado River by boat to truly appreciate the immense scale of the Canyon walls, or pick up the pace with a motorised raft trip from the base of Hoover Dam, 12 miles down the Colorado River.

In such a vast area, there is plenty of opportunity for getting away from the crowds and experiencing peace and tranquility. To experience the varied areas of the Canyon, consider an extended helicopter ride over the North and East rims, which will take you over Dragon Corridor; the widest and deepest part of the Canyon. Alternatively, a flight over to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon will bring you right into Hualapai Indian Territory via the extinct and colourful volcano, Fortification Hill. Tours are available that include a stop in the Canyon for beverages, a light snack and some time to explore. Here you will also find hop-on-hop-off shuttles that transport you to the best viewpoints, with ample opportunity to roam around on foot and capture those must-have photographs. We recommend visiting Eagle Point and Guano Point, where you will find incredible vistas.

Panorama of the Grand Canyon from Navajo Point

The majority of air tours to the Grand Canyon depart from Las Vegas and include a pick up/drop off service from most of the main Las Vegas hotels. Tour options range from three hour trips starting at around £99 per person, perfect for those who are tight on time or travelling on a budget, to fabulous day tours with various stops, activities and refreshments included. As there are dozens of different Grand Canyon tours that we can organise, we recommend you contact us to discuss the options so we can help find the best excursion for you.

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**

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