If you’re looking for a great place to take your 2015 vacation, you should seriously consider going to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is amazingly beautiful to see, and it is packed with adventure too. There are several tours available, and here are five tips to help you choose a good one.
Tip #1 – Figure Out What Part Of The Canyon You’ll Tour
You can begin a tour of the canyon from two general locations. One place is near the main gates at the South Rim and the other one is in Las Vegas. If you’ll take off from Vegas, you get the choice of touring the West or South Rim. If you leave from the South Rim instead, you’ll have to tour that area of the canyon.
Tip #2 – Buy Your Tour In Advance
You want to book your tour ahead of time. The tours fill up fast because they are so popular, and if you wait to buy your seats, the tour may be full. Therefore, it’s a good idea to buy your tour seats a couple of weeks in advance if you can, before you get shut out.
Tip #3 – Use The Low Internet Rate
Avoid travel agents when buying your tour, and go straight to the tour operator’s website, so you can use the Internet rate. That’s how you can save quite a bit of money on your tour. Booking online is more convenient too, and it lets you see all the tour times and options available to choose from.
Tip #4 – Book A Landing Tour For Added Fun
Try to book a landing tour if you have enough time to spend at the canyon. These provide a more comprehensive experience than you’ll get on an air-only tour, but you have to take one out of Vegas. One fun tour to consider is the Champagne tour that flies you down to the canyon floor where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic.
The Vegas helicopter tours are available in a deluxe version too. Basic tours are cheaper, but they depart from Boulder City, while the deluxe tours are much more convenient since they lift off right from the Vegas Strip. Plus, the deluxe tour gives you an aerial tour of the Strip and pick up and drop off service in a limousine.
Tip #5 – Buy A Window Seat
When buying your tour, you can reserve the best seats too, all you have to do is pay $50 more for a front window seat and $10 more for a regular window seat. That gives you the best chance to experience breathtaking views without obstruction. Ultimately, the seating arrangement is decided by the pilot right before the aircraft takes off, so there’s a chance you won’t get the seat you reserve, and if that happens, you won’t have to pay the extra fee. It is definitely worth trying to get though.
It’s also a good idea to book a flight that takes off in the morning. This is a good idea in the summertime, since it gets very hot by afternoon. It’s common for the temperatures to reach 100 degrees or more in the summer. Plus, your ride will be a lot smoother since the air is calmer in the morning.
You’ll want to dress for the weather, so you’ll be comfortable on your tour, especially if it’s a landing tour. Check the weather forecast the night before or the morning of your tour, so you’ll know what the conditions will be. That will help you figure out what to wear. You won’t have to worry about being uncomfortable inside a tour helicopter, plane, or bus though, because all these have climate control.
These tips will help you book the best tour possible. Just remember to book your tour in advance and do it online, and you could save up to 35% off the price of your tour. So start planning your tour of the Grand Canyon now, so you can experience one of the greatest natural attractions in the world.