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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Grand Canyon options

Me and my wife are traveling from Sweden to Las vegas Next week and have three days to spend on sight seeing with one of those dedicated to Grand Canyon. I've seen some of the post regarding West and South Rim and have a hard time deciding. I don't feel like renting a car and driving there myself.

Our options:

Spending 14 hours in a bustrip to southrim. It seems like very tiresome trip.

Taking the as some claim "tourist trap" 12 hour westrim tour with skyrim and native american performance. There's an helicopter/boat option as well, anyone have tried this?

Taking the West Rim helicopter - 4 hours which will save time but is it worth the money for west Rim?

Taking a airplane to Grand Canyon South with Grand Canyon Airlines. 9.5 hours.

Please give us some advice.

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1. Re: Grand Canyon options

I'd take last option if you can afford. Nothing beats seeing "the real thing" aka Grand Canyon NP. So much wider, deeper and more colorful than Grand Canyon West. . Actually there even isn't a west rim. Only south rim and north rim.

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I keep plugging these but the "Grand Canyon Grand Explorer Tour" with Maverick Airlines to the South Rim is great. They do two trips per day - early morning and afternoon. The afternoon starts with a hotel pick up at 12.30pm and drop back at the hotel is 7.30pm/8pm. Fab and professional company and doesn't eat up a great deal of time really but you get a decent amount of time at the South Rim.

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Depends on how much money and how much time you have. No doubt the South rim is the most beautiful part of the canyon so if you are a big scenery person then that is the place to go. I can only look at scenery for so long before I get bored so I did the West rim tour and had a great time with the skywalk and the Indians. You'll be impressed no matter which way you go. have fun

Gothenburg, Sweden
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Thanks for all replies.

We thought about the picking the south rim bus with helicopter option however the I think we lean more towards the airplane options

Maverick looked good but was a bit expensive. However, I found the Papillion South Rim Airplane Tour - $124 40-50 min option. Anyone have tried this? Seems it will not go past hoverdam but we'll still get a good look at South Rim.

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The South Rim Air Tour looks good, but it originates at the airport near the south rim, so you would need a bus tour to get there.You would drive by the dam over the bypass bridge on the way there(whether you took a bus or your own car)Hoover Dam is a long way from the south rim, either by air miles, driving miles or river miles.

The airplane tours over the GC fly higher and faster, the heli tours lower and slower. The tours basically take the same established route.

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I did the same tour as Whitlam with Maverick. You will fly over the Hoover Dam, and also Skywalk (pilot pointed it out but I couldn't see it from where I was sitting). I went on the morning tour. Smooth flying going, but coming back it was a little bumpy. Had a very good time and I didn't hear complaints from anyone.

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I'm going to take one of those Maverick tours when I go in Sept.

Looks like a blast!

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