Best Grand Canyon Airplane Tours for the 4th of July Holiday Week

fYou should use this year’s first major summer holiday, July 4th to the best advantage possible. You will enjoy flying over Grand Canyon and exploring its beauty if you will be visiting Las Vegas. As tickets are selling like hot cakes, it’s better you make bookings within the next few days so that you don’t miss out!

You can fly from the South Rim and also the West Rim. If the weather is clear on July 4th, you will enjoy the breathtaking views from the flights which serve all through the day’s daylight hours.

Flight Departs From Las Vegas

The reservoir of Lake Mead and the marvelous structure the Hoover Dam are the first things you get to see as you fly out from Vegas. If you think your excursion trip starts off with a kick, be ready for the best which is yet to come. Upon reaching the canyon you get to execute a spectacular and picturesque flyover before returning to Vegas. My personal recommendation however is to opt for the landing tour which gives you a chance to find out all about the West Rim and whatever it has to offer.

It’s worth having a look at some for the sensational observatory points or explore some of the walking paths once you land. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is well-known for its glass and steel stand situated more than 4000ft above the Canyon’s bottom.

According to my judgment, the Canyon base is where you experience the most excitement.Tickets for a landing helicopter journey from the top of the West Rim all the way to the base and right next to the Colorado River are available. This is where you can pack for a picnic and enjoy a riverboat stint. As long as you make the right plans which work for your pocket, you will enjoy exploring the many opportunities West Rim has to offer.

South Rim Trips

There is a direct flight you can take from Las Vegas to Tusayan in Arizona. This brings you exactly outside South Rim’s entrance, which is Grand Canyon National Park’s entryway.

You have many options to choose from here, just like West Rim. If you select the bus trip inside the park, it will take you to all the important landmarks and places of interest.

There is an additional lengthy airplane ride to enjoy 50 minutes of wondrous sightseeing at South Rim. The trip spans all the way to North Rim from Tusayan and even extends to the eastern borders of the park premises. This tour thus gives you a scenic view of more than three-quarters of the expansive National Park!

Don’t Delay Bookings!

It is better to make ticket bookings as soon as you read this guide as in my opinion, tickets should be booked two weeks prior. These trips are so famous that you have to make advance bookings. As these tickets sell like wildfire, you don’t want to miss and not get your tickets. You are assured of confirmed rates and the cheapest tickets if you make your bookings online using your credit card. Even if you can’t book tickets immediately, make it a point that you do not book your tickets much later than 5 days from your expected date of departure. You will have to pay a fee amount in addition to the basic ticket rates as last minute reservations do not get concessional rates.

What Should I Visit Near Las Vegas

indexSo, are you ready to face Las Vegas’ dazzling lights?

This is the way to make the most of your trip far from the city. Pay a visit to a number of stunningly awesome spots less than an hour from the neon strip that most people think of when “Vegas” comes to mind.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam is a breathtaking engineering accomplishment 45 minutes away from the city. The 6.6 million-ton concrete behemoth is where the mighty Colorado River is held at bay. Lake Mead came to be because of the dam. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a national park that measures 1.5 million acres with 700 miles of shoreline meant for hiking, canoeing and kayaking.

Things available at the dam: There are one-hour guided tours around the power plant, as well as a view of the huge pipes and generators underneath the dam.

Activities offered at Lake Mead and around it: There are boats you can rent per hour or day at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor, or a cruise you can take on the Desert Princes. Bikers and hikers can explore the 3.7 mile Historic Railroad Tunnel Train within Boulder City, designed to haul materials to the construction area of the dam. You will go through five tunnels, as well as across specific lake and desert scenes.

Do not overlook: Do not forget to take a leisurely walk on the sidewalk at the top to get the best view, plus the opportunity to stand on the state border, having one foot in Nevada while the other in Arizona. Carry along some food to the park, where there are many perfect scenic areas for lunch alfresco, most of which have shade (you can get your meal anytime at the boat harbor).

Things you need to keep in mind: When hiking in the park, bring lots of water. According to the National Park Service, long hikes require at least two liters. The atmosphere is dry and temperature tends to rise.

Valley of Fire State Park

This park, which is located about 55 miles (an hour) northeast of Vegas and a popular camping site, never fails to impress day visitors with the stunning, colorful sandstone formations.

Things you can do: Take a look at 30-century-old petroglyphs from Ancient Pueble people (Anasazi). You can view some directly at the Atlatl Rock picnic area, while you can reach others through a rough quarter-mile trail. The park comes with 18 miles of roads. The picturesque White Domes Road will bring you beyond Rainbow Vista, an often photographed scene of billowing layers of rocks in red, brown, white and gold.

Don’t forget: Go by the Rainbow Vista at the tip of the road then attempt for a moderate 2-mile hike to White Domes (round, creamy sandstone formations) to let you get a close-up look of the rock striations. Around 100 feet of the trail is nearly a tunnel-like slot canyon, in which you can see all veins of color in the walls around you and also be welcomed by a shade.

Wildlife: You can come across snakes, ravens, coyotes, roadrunners, desert bighorn sheep and black-tailed jackrabbits.

Things you should know: Bring your own food since there is no restaurant but only a number of snacks available in the visitor center gift shop. There won’t be many gas stations either, so it is best to fill up before leaving.

Consider visiting early in the morning, when it is about 15 to 20 degrees cooler (sunrise) than during sunset, plus, you can also view the same beautiful fiery radiance on the red rocks.