"It's that time of the year where the luck of the Irish comes into play," said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon 123, the leading provider of National Park tour information. "The result: Great deals!"
Tours to the Grand Canyon primarily originate from two locations: Las Vegas and Tusayan, AZ, the small town that stands as the gateway to the National Park. Trips run daily and practically every day of the year except for Christmas Day.
From Las Vegas, travelers can do helicopter, airplane, bus and rafting tours. And at Tusayan, visitors will find an outstanding variety of air and rafting trips. In most case, these are day trips are all-inclusive. "Most Packages include everything from hotel pick up and drop off to lunch," noted Kravitz.
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Las Vegas is unique in fact that it's the only place visitors can fly to the bottom of the Canyon. "This pertains only to helicopter rides," Kravitz noted. "And the one that gets the lion's hare of attention is the Champagne Picnic package."
Kravitz noted that the Champagne package can be extended to include a Colorado River boat ride and tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. "Lots of visitors will know this as the 3-1 tour," he said. "Indeed, once all it's components are considered, this particular helicopter package is the one that truly lets travelers experience the Park from top to bottom."
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It's also currently on sale for March along with a host of other helicopter rides including the air-only ride. "This one's always been at the top of the list," Kravitz noted. "Visitors fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and more in addition to the West Rim. It's the quickest, most exciting way to see the Canyon in under an hour."
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It should be noted that Las Vegas helicopters only go to the West Rim. Travelers wishing to do the South Rim will have to take an airplane or bus tour. "The plane is the way to go," Kravitz said. "It's a 60-minute flight packed with drama and includes a 2.5-hour in-Park bus tour. Or go big and add a helicopter ride to the package. Seriously, the sky's the limit here."
In addition, travelers need to be aware that there are no connecting flights between the two rims and that there are few bus packages available for overnight trips. "For those looking to do an overnight bus from Vegas, the solution is to buy two bus tours. Just make sure to have rooms reserved inside the Park, which can be complicated because accommodations are typically booked a year in advance."
On the subject of planes, the best promotional offer for St. Patrick's is the Las Vegas flight to the West Rim. "This one's been a perennial crowd favorite," noted Kravitz. "This is due to the fact that it lands on the top of rim and gives travelers the option to do the Skywalk upon arrival. It's the perfect solution for visitors who are undecided about doing the Glass Bridge."
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