Those planning a trip to the Grand Canyon during the Christmas season must begin now. These are trips you’ll cherish for a lifetime and can be taken on an airplane, bus or even a helicopter. The North Rim closes for the winter, reopening in March. That means you’ll only have two destinations you can choose […]
Grand Canyon Tours will be putting a number of select helicopter and airplane tours on flash sale this week as travelers prepare to book flights for the Labor Day 2015 holiday vacation.
From Vegas, the helicopter tour that’s marked down the steepest is the air-only flight to the West Rim. This tour is the fastest way to experience the Canyon and takes travelers over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam en route to the National Park.
There’s a deluxe version of this tour as well for travelers who prefer to be picked up and dropped off via limousine. Furthermore, the deluxe package includes an extended tour over the Las Vegas Strip from the Stratosphere tower to the Luxor pyramid.
Lastly, deluxe tours use the EcoStar 130, which is the best sightseeing aircraft flying the Canyon. The EC 130 is 25 percent larger than the one used on the basic tour. It features stadium-style seats and a 180-degree windshield for breathtaking views of the Park.
The Vegas airplane on special is also air-only. It follows the same route as the helicopter except at a higher altitude. Planes make the trip over in 30 minutes and can accommodate up to 19 people, making them perfect for families, groups and travelers with disabilities.
Each plane is outfitted for sightseeing and comes with wings attached to the top of the body so travelers can see the Canyon below. The cabins are comfortably large, resulting in more personal space and legroom. Windows, too, are oversized and each plane comes with trip narration translated in up to 10 languages.
The alternative to air-only helicopter is heli-landing tours and these are Vegas’ most popular. The best-selling flight by far is the one that flies to the bottom for a Champagne picnic. It can be optioned further to be done at sunset as well as to include a Colorado River boat ride and VIP Skywalk tickets.
There are landing versions of plane tours, too. The most popular is the one that comes with a helicopter ride to the bottom, a boat ride on the Colorado River and tickets to the Skywalk. Further, plane tours tend to be cheaper than helicopter rides so travelers who want all the extras might want to give these flights extra consideration.
The 30-minute South Rim basic helicopter tour is on sale. It goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. There’s also a 50-minute flight that does all that, too, plus everything up to the Park’s eastern border. Once the longer tour is completed, a traveler will have seen up to 75 percent of the Park.
The 50-minute airplane tour is also on special. It does exactly what the 50-minute helicopter tour does except at a higher altitude and at a lower price. South Rim helicopter tours are very popular and tend to sell out so it’s best to consider this airplane tour as a back.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there is no better time to take a fun trip with your family to some place special. November is a good month to tour the Grand Canyon National Park and the best way to see the sights is on an air tour of the South or West Rim.
Don’t Miss Out
One advantage to touring the canyon this time of year is the cooler weather. There will be near perfect visibility with weather that is milder than the rest of the year. Taking that into consideration, remember that it’s also going to be a busy time of year, so you will need to get in quick to book your tickets.
In fact, you should go ahead and book your tour after you book your hotel reservations. If you leave things too late, you will end up paying the highest prices, or even worse, you might miss out on seats.
It’s also a good idea to buy your tour online using your credit card. This process confirms your transaction, so you can be sure your seats will be waiting for you. You’ll also get the lowest price when you buy your tour online.
Touring The West Rim
The helicopters used on Grand Canyon flights that depart from Vegas all fly to the West Rim. A lot of people prefer the West Rim because it has a lot of fun things to do and interesting things to see. As you fly out, you will go over the Hoover Dam and the reservoir of Lake Mead. Once you get to the canyon you will fly over the sights, and the great thing about the West Rim is that you can land.
The landing tours are great fun. If you land on the canyon floor, you can partake of a Champagne picnic and take a raft ride on the Colorado River. If you land at the top instead, you can visit the Skywalk. Walking on the Skywalk is an exhilarating experience because it is made of glass and you can look down to the canyon floor that’s 4000 feet below you.
If you can make it work with your budget, you can include landing at the top and the bottom, for the full West Rim experience.
Helicopter Tours Of The South Rim
The Grand Canyon is so big, it is also a convenient tour if you’ll be staying in Arizona rather than Nevada. From the town of Tusayan, you can fly to the North Rim, the eastern boundary, and back to the South Rim. There are two tours, the shorter 30 minute tour goes to the North Rim only, whereas the longer 50 minute tour will take you to the eastern boundary as well. The longer tour gives you a great overview of the Grand Canyon National Park, in fact, it flies you over about 75 percent of the park lands. It is definitely worth it to pay a little more for the longer flight because you see so much more.
Although you can’t land inside the canyon at the South Rim, you can take a ground tour on a 4×4 Jeep. The Jeep tour is a lot of fun and will allow you to see the landmarks and scenery from a different perspective than from the air.
It’s no wonder Grand Canyon helicopter tours are so popular. Fantastic sights, rich history, and plenty of options mean that you can select a tour to meet any budget. So start planning your trip now and book it online in advance of your tour date. Your family will make lifelong memories as they soar over America’s famous natural wonder.
Grand Canyon Tours announced today its best Thanksgiving discounts on select Canyon helicopter and airplane tours originating from Las Vegas, NV, and South Rim, AZ.
Air tours will run on a non-holiday schedule during the week and weekend of Thanksgiving, with flights starting at 7 a. m. and concluding at 4 p. m. with the ever-popular sunset rides.
From Las Vegas, the helicopter package on sale is the all-air tour. It goes over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Colorado River before entering Grand Canyon airspace. It includes hotel transportation and all taxes and fees.
The airplane tour on sale is also the all-air package. It flies the same flight path as the helicopter, except at higher altitude and with more passengers (airplanes hold up to 19 people while helicopters carry 6).
From South Rim, the 30-minute all-air chopper ride is being discounted for the occassion. It goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back via the Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest section of the National Park.
The South Rim airplane ride on sale is the 50-minute flight that coves the South Rim and North Rim as well as everything up to the Park’s eastern Border. Once a completed, a traveler will have experienced up to 75 percent of the Park.
Types of Tours
There are two kinds of tours: Basic and deluxe. The promotional flights in this release are basic tours, and what distinguishes the basic from the deluxe are the perks. Basic tours come with free transport by mini van while deluxe tours use a limousine.
Basic tours out of Vegas generally leave from Boulder City, NV, or Henderson, NV, and require a 35-minute shuttle ride. Deluxe tours, by contrast, take off from heli-pads on the Las Vegas Strip, thus cutting down on transfer time. Further, these tours come with and extended tour over The Strip.
The biggest difference, however, is the kind of helicopter used. Basic tours use the standard AStar or Bell Ranger while the deluxe uses the EcoStar 130, the most superior helicopter flying Canyon tours these days.
The EcoStar is 25% larger than a basic helicopter and is equipped with stadium-style seats and a 180-degree wraparound windshield. In addition, these choppers are more soundproof than basic helicopters and are aerodynamically designed to deliver a much smoother ride.
The only helicopters that land at the bottom of the Canyon start from Las Vegas. This is because the West Rim, which is 120 miles from Vegas, permits flights that go below the rim and land. Similar flights are banned at the South Rim by the National Park Service (NPS).
This is why many travelers prefer to take a landing tour from Vegas, of which the most popular is the one that lands at the bottom for a Champagne picnic. This tour can also be upgraded to include a Colorado River boat ride and tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Tour deals mentioned in this release are only available online and must be purchased on the website in order to qualify for the discount. Thanksgiving travelers are urged to purchase flights in advance. Rule of thumb is about a week prior to flight time. Avoid booking within 24 hours or the day of the flight as prices increase a lot.
Key West is a tropical island located at the southernmost tip of the united states. It is a great destination for vacations and is home to some world class scuba diving and fishing. Here are a few of the popular dive sites.
This dive is 60 feet deep, and features, as you can tell from the title, a tug boat. This site is relatively new, since the tug only sank in 1989. Joe’s Tug was a big boat, at 75 feet, and it had a steel hull, which is perfect for creating an artificial reef spot. This dive spot is near the Cayman Salvager, just a little inland from it, and rests on a layer of coral. If you like to dive in spots where there won’t be many other divers, don’t go to Joe’s Tug, since lots of the dive centers operating out of Key West include this wreck on their itineraries. It’s a great wreck to dive, but it’s very populated. There’s supposedly a resident giant jewfish named Elvis who can usually be spotted hanging out here, and you might see a giant moray eel or two, also.
Eastern Dry Rocks
This is a good spot for novices because it isn’t incredibly deep. You can even snorkel here, since it starts at 5 feet. Divers can explore the depts of Eastern Dry Rocks, which go down to about 35 feet. You’ll see conchs, shells, ballast stone, cannonballs, and rigging of various wrecks scattered over the ocean floor. The current is light, which makes another reason why this is an ideal dive spot for novice scuba divers.
If you like to explore giant cracks when you dive, then Rock Key is a good place to do this. Giant twenty-foot crevices are a bit unusual to divers in the Florida Keys, but you’ll find the here. Almost like spelunking, in that the cracks are sometimes just wide enough for a diver to slip into, and you don’t want to go in if you’re at all claustrophobic! There was once a wreck here, but it’s now rare to find any evidence of the ship sailing from Spain that sunk here in the 1800’s. It was apparently carrying tiles for the building trade, which carried the insignia of Barcelona, Spain.
This site is near Eastern Dry Rocks, off Key West.
Stargazer is certainly a unique spot to dive. It’s the creation of artist Ann Lorraine Labriola and it involves not only diving but also knowledge of the stars and puzzle-solving skilss as well. Made of steel, Stargazer is located five miles off Key West, near Sand Key. It’s supposed to look like an ancient navigation instrument for the stars, you’ll see celestial symbols etched into the 8,000 pound parts of the structure. You can get a chart to go with the structure, before you dive, which is where the puzzle-solving part comes in. It’s something like a scavenger hunt and tons of fun! No place like it anywhere else on earth, so it’s definitely up there on the list of most unusual dives. Check it out!
If you have water filter or penapis air system installed in your house you need to make sure you do the basic maintenance of your water filter system so that it can last for longer times and the quality of your water is always ensure. The maintenance needed for water filter system, especially in Malaysia, is divided into four steps, here are the steps.
- Monitoring Step
Depending on what type of water filter system and what monitoring features installed on the device, there are many thing that you need to monitor when the device is working such as the status of the system or when it is time to change the filter. You need to monitor the device routinely so that you will notice when there are changes in the system.
- Cleaning Step
Your water filter system also needs cleaning every once in a while. Set a cleaning schedule for your water filter system so that you will be able to clean it periodically and keep the water you consumed and use hygienic and healthy.
- Testing Step
Sometime, the water filter system will tell you that something is off about it and when this time comes, you need to test it in order to find out what is wrong with the system. Once again depending on what water filter system you got, you can test it yourself but you might also have to look for professional help to test your penapis air system.
- Replacing Step
When the filter in your water filter system has been overused, you need to replace 8t with a new one so that the water filter can still work properly. After quite some times of usage, there bound to be some parts of the filter system that needs to be replaced and when the water filter system has been used for a long time, you will also need to replace with a new one.
A list of luxurious hotels was published in Forbes Journal; the cost of these hotels seems to remain rather temperate. The first place in this rating was occupied by Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The spacious suites are equipped with LCD tv-sets, marble baths and iPod systems. A marvelous view over the city opens from the suites. There are spa-center with traditional Malaysian procedures at guests’ disposal. Besides, the visitors can use the cervices of butler. The cost of one night in the hotel starts from $200.
On the second place is Domaine Des Hauts De Loire (Onzen, France). The square in front of the entrance is decorated with a pond with white swans. This hotel opened in former hunter’s house has 33 suites, the interior thereof is in the XIX-th century style. In the restaurant the guests would be served with the dished made of vegetables and fruits grown in hotel’s garden. The starting accommodation price here is from $120 for one night.
The third place was awarded to Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand). There are 799 suites with balconies, furniture made of teak tree and coverings made of Thai silk; nine restaurants, fitness-center, spa-complex and a swimming pool in the hotel. The accommodation price starts $150 per night.
On the forth place Rialto Hotel On Collins (Melbourne, Australia) is, which occupies the building of the XIX-th century, constructed in Venetian style. The swimming pool on the roof, bar and fitness-center with sauna are offered to the visitors. One night in the hotel costs from $180.
The fifth place was awarded to Four Seasons Resort (Karmelo, Uruguay), situated on La-Plata river and containing 44 bungalows. There is a terrace and a small garden in each bungalow, the heating floors are in the bathrooms, the carved beds are in the bedrooms. Besides the hotel has a big swimming pool, field for playing golf and spa-center.