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Best way to see the Grand Canyon

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Helicopter tour or hire a car and drive yourself from Vegas?

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No Helo's fly from Vegas to GCNP all go to West Rim which is not in the GCNP.

I would hire a car. The buses always stop at tourist shops and lesser dining areas, Have to wait on others and on a schedule. Going on your own you can take your time places you want.

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Driving yourself will take at least 10 hours driving plus your time at the canyon, its a long day. A helicopter will get you there, spend around 30 minutes enjoying the views and having a snack lunch, (if you take a tour that lands), and have you back at your hotel in around 4 hours. So, it depends what kind of canyon visit you want. We use Maverick Tours, very good, and they are on the strip Close to Mandalay Bay hotel. They will collect you from your hotel and of course return you there.

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You are coming a long way - do yourself a favour, rent a car and do the drive to the GC National Park preferably with an overnight stay.

Do not settle for the inferior GC West Rim

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We decided to drive and spend one night at the South Rim of the national park because we've never been to the area at all and thought it might be fun to drive on part of route 66. We are confident drivers in the US, there will be 2 of us sharing the driving, and we will stop a few times along the way (even if just for an ice cream in an old time parlor in a historic little town). I don't think it will be too difficult to do the drive. But your situation may be different. The helicopters don't go to the national park (too far), they go to the Indian reservation at the West Rim, which doesn't have quite the spectacular topography that the national park has. I believe you can get to the national park via plane or bus tour if you don't want to drive.

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"A helicopter will get you there" - A helicopter will only take you to the GC West Rim, they cannot fly to the GC National Park as it's too far.

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For me, staying a few days on South Rim, say at El Tovar.

With a couple of days, one should get a couple of sunrises and sunsets.

Enjoy!

Hunt

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Rent a car and plan at least one overnight at the South rim. The helicopters go to the Almost Grand Canyon, instead of getting Sugar you’d be getting Splenda.

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