Scenic Helicopter and Airplane Flights over the Grand Canyon

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One of the most unique ways to experience Grand Canyon and its great abyss is by flying over it.

Flights are offered daily, and visitors can choose from a fixed-wing airplane tour over the Grand Canyon or a helicopter tour.

All scenic air tours of Grand Canyon are based outside of Grand Canyon National Park.

The most popular helicopter tours and scenic airplane tours originate and start just south of Grand Canyon's South Rim, at the airport in Tusayan, AZ. Scenic flight tours are also available starting in Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities in the greater Grand Canyon region.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Papillion Bell Helicopter.

Papillion Bell Helicopter. 

The average length for a helicopter tour is about 45-60 minutes. There are also shorter helicopter tours of 25-30 minutes. Prices may vary depending on what helicopter tour company used. Popular helicopter tour companies include Grand Canyon Helicopters, Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters, and Maverick Helicopter.

The Hualapai Tribe in Grand Canyon West offers the only helicopter flight 4,000 feet down to the canyon below for a boat ride on the river.

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Grand Canyon Airplane Tours

Caravan airplane flying over the Grand Canyon. Photo by Jeff Larson courtesy of West Wind Air Service

Caravan airplane flying over the Grand Canyon. 

Airplane tours over the Grand Canyon tend to be longer, averaging 2 to 4-hours for an interpretive air tour. These originate at the airport in Tusayan, just south of Grand Canyon's South Rim. Other scenic airplane flights are available out of Las Vegas, Phoenix, etc. Popular companies that offer airplane tours of the Grand Canyon include Grand Canyon Airlines, and Westwind Air Tours.

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People on the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

It can be an adventure to get there, and it's not cheap. Still, it's a one-of-a-kind way to experience the country's most famous natural wonder.