Best 3 Tips for Grand Canyon Visitors Who Want Great Tours
Spring is almost here and many people are planning their trip to the Grand Canyon. If you’re one of them, here are three indispensable tips to making sure you get the right tour at the right price.
Choose Your Rim
The first thing is to select the rim you will visit. This is usually decided if you fly into Las Vegas or Phoenix. If Vegas, you’ll have your pick between the West Rim and the South Rim. However, if your tour departs from Phoenix, you will go to the South Rim.
Lots of folks from PHX ask me for information about going to the West Rim. You can if you bundle it with a trip to Vegas. At over six hours away, it is just too far to tour both rims from Phoenix.
However, from the city of Vegas you can catch tours to the West or South Rim. Which rim should you visit? It depends on what you want to do. The West Rim is packed with fun and adventure. The South Rim is noted for its wilderness areas and magnificent views.
Types Of Grand Canyon Tours
Next, you have to figure out what type of tour you want to take. Your budget might play a role in helping you decide. Helicopter tours are the most expensive, followed by airplanes, 1-day float trips and bus rides. Air tours in general are either aerial or land at the canyon. You can buy a basic bus tour or add on upgrades that allow you to do other fun things. Rafting from Vegas is pretty much what it is but from South Rim you decide between getting to the river by bus or airplane.
Here’s some advice about the tours. Go helicopter if want to get closer to the action. However, choppers only hold six people while planes hold 19, so if you have a large group or can’t get a seat on a chopper then the airplane tours are best. If you want to tour the South Rim, you should take the airplane tour that comes with a raft trip because you will see spectacular sites and cover a lot of ground. Lastly, if you are taking a West Rim bus ride, take a package that includes the Skywalk, as it’s cheaper in the long run.
The last piece of advice is to be sure and book your tour in advance. Try to buy your tour about one week before you go. You definitely need to do this with chopper tours because they are very popular and sell out during busy travel times like the summer. Airplane tours don’t tend to sell out as fast since they have more seats, but you don’t want to wait until the last minute to book your seats. The busy time for raft tours is during the summer months so if you want to take one then, be sure to secure you spot early. As for bus tours, you can usually lock one down about 72 hours prior.
I hope these 3 tips on how to get the best Grand Canyon tours were helpful. First, figure out if you want to start from Phoenix or Las Vegas. Next, look over all the available tours and find something that fits your interests and budget. Finally, get your tour booked before you come to town. Everybody loves touring the Grand Canyon and seats on tours fill up so fast it is hard to get anything at the last minute. It’s that easy to book a fantastic tour. Once you book your seats, you can get ready to take a tour you will remember forever.
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