Best Grand Canyon Airplane Tours During The Thanksgiving HolidayBest Grand Canyon Airplane Tours During The Thanksgiving Holiday

Grand Canyon airplane tours during the Thanksgiving holiday week are a terrific way to experience Grand Canyon National Park. And if you go for it, please RSVP early as these flights are super popular and are expected to sell out days in advance.

Airplane tours take off from Las Vegas, NV, and Tusayan, AZ, which is otherwise known as the South Rim. Departures depart every day including all major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Packages range from flyovers to landing trips.

I always recommend that travelers book these tours way in advance of flight time. Typically, a week ahead of time is best but you might be able to get away with 72 hours. Definitely avoid same-day bookings because the flight will most likely be sold out or cost more.

Las Vegas

All Vegas planes go over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam en route to the Canyon. The closest rim is the West Rim and you can fly over it or land on the top. Flyovers are great if you are on a tight budget. Landing tours are ideal for travelers who want to see and do more.

Personally, I prefer the landing tours, especially the one where you can add a VIP ticket to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is an all-glass bridge that lets you stroll some 70 feet over the edge until you are standing an incredible 4,000 feet over the bottom (some of the best views of the canyon are had from here).

The other landing package I like is the one that includes a helicopter tour to the bottom. It takes about 12 minutes to get to the base and then you get out and you have 30 minutes to explore. If you like, this package can also be extended to include a magical Colorado River boat ride.

South Rim

The South Rim plane ride everyone's talking about is the 50-minute flight. It goes from the South Rim to the East Rim and to the North Rim and back. Along the way, you'll fly through the Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest section of the Canyon. You'll also go over the Colorado Confluence, which is where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet.

Planes carry up to 18 adult passengers and are specifically built for sightseeing. For example, all windows are oversized and the wings are located on the top of the body so you get unobstructed views of the Canyon below. Seats are super comfortable and each aircraft is equipped with a pre-recorded trip narration in 10 different languages.


I hope this article on Grand Canyon airplane tours over the Thanksgiving holiday proved helpful as you plan your trip. From Vegas, I strongly recommend taking a landing tour, and in particular the one that includes a VIP pass to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. At South Rim, your best bet is the 50-minute air tour that covers all three rims in one shot. Finally, make sure you book your tour in advance. These trips sell out super quick during Thanksgiving and you want to make sure you're seats are guaranteed.

by Rhegie Taylor
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