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Author: Tracy Delvecchio

I'm a travel journalist. Enjoy playing softball. I have two parrots that I adore. Like cooking Chinese meals for best friends and family. Movie buff and my favorite is Harry Potter.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular locations on the entire planet. That's why it's been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Americans are fortunate in that they can go there regularly to recharge their minds and bodies and indulge their senses. Wonders like the Grand Canyon are so powerful they are exhilarating. Grand Canyon airplane tours are the best way for travelers to enjoy the overall experience the canyon provides.

I always suggest that travelers experience the Grand Canyon in as many ways as possible, but strolling along the canyon's rim just doesn't give you the same exciting point of view that you get from the air. You see a lot more of the canyon and get to take in all the notable points of interest in an aerial tour. Since no flights take you to both the West and South Rim, you'll have to choose which rim you want to tour. If you are short on time, choosing the West Rim is probably the best option.

West Rim Grand Canyon plane rides take a little over an hour and fly over Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam (a remarkable feat of engineering!), and the Mojave Desert. The Grand Wash Cliffs, Grapevine Mesa, and the canyon itself are all on your itinerary. You can listen to a narration during your tour that entertains you with interesting facts about the region and its long history.

You will be impressed with the Mojave Desert as it stretches over 25,000 square miles to the mountains that surround it. The desert is home to Death Valley, which is notable for being the hottest spot in North America and the lowest lying. It is not uncommon for temperatures to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley.

The Colorado River is the enduring waterway that carved out the Grand Canyon, but it also created Arizona's Grand Wash Cliffs about 20 miles away. If you take this short trip you'll probably also want to go on the longer tour of the South Rim, which can take up to seven hours from start to finish (you'll be picked up and dropped off at your Las Vegas hotel). You will enjoy the occasional stops you get that let you soak up the views.

This tour gives you the best experience possible by combining an aerial tour with a land based narrated excursion. You'll see views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the mighty Colorado River along the way, but you'll also stop at especially scenic spots, enjoy lunch in the canyon and take a guided motor coach tour that lasts several hours.

Just knowing that you're at the best of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World can be incredibly uplifting. You will see major points of interest such as Zuni Point, the Painted Desert, and Zuni Corridor. Once you arrive at the North corridor, you'll see what many consider the most spectacular sight in the entire canyon -- the legendary Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest part of the Grand Canyon.

It's impossible to see all of this from the ground – there simply isn't enough time. Air tours of the Grand Canyon allow you to see as much as possible during your visit to the region. The promise of such an exciting trip is enough to capture your interest, but there is even more good news because you can save as much as 35 percent when you look for deals online. You can find online discounts easily if you do a search for tour operators. So don't let money hold you back from taking one of these fantastic flights. Once you are on the plane you will understand why the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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