Grand Canyon Helicopters Still Fly Across The Canyon Despite The Government Shutdown-kasey chase

Travel-and-Leisure You might wonder if the government shut down affects helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon and whether you can still take one of these tours. You will be glad to hear the tours are still in operation. You see, Arizona’s South Rim is temporarily closed because it’s part of Grand Canyon National Park. The main gates are located there and they are closed. Luckily, South Rim air tours are still flying. I say "luckily" because Grand Canyon National Park Airport (where all South Rim helicopter flights take off) happens to be outside the National Park’s boundaries. Plus, the government doesn’t own the sky above the Park, so helicopters and planes are free to fly over it. Meanwhile, at the West Rim, Grand Canyon choppers are operating as they usually do. The West Rim isn’t on government land, the land it sits on is actually owned by the Hualapai Indians. So the West Rim isn’t part of the National Park and under government control. South Rim Aerial Tours Air tours at the South Rim include airplane and helicopter flights. The plane tour lasts 50 minutes and covers the South Rim, North Rim and everything up to the Park’s eastern boundary. By the time the tour’s over, it’s covered up to 75 percent of the National Park. If you decide to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, you can choose one that lasts 50 minutes or one that lasts 30 minutes. The long chopper tour covers the same flight path as the airplane tour and lets you see more of the Park. The helicopter tours cost more but they are worth it. It is also a good idea to take the deluxe tour so you can fly in an EcoStar 130, which is the ultimate chopper for sightseeing. Flights Out of Vegas Vegas-based travelers are lucky because the West Rim isn’t affected by the government stalemate. So whether you want to take a bus, plane, or chopper tour to the West Rim, you can catch one as usual, you can even take the rafting tours, but remember, they stop for the winter in the middle of November. You will run into a snag if you try to take a land or air tour from Las Vegas to the South Rim because those are not in operation. They will quickly be operational again when the shutdown ends. Booking Your Seats Book a tour that .es with a good cancellation policy. Anything could .e up at the last minute. But it’s even more important now, during the government budget crisis. Avoid the cut-rate tour operators. The cancellation policy will probably be full of exclusions and other loopholes. The reputable tour operators give you your money back if the government’s policies cause your tour to be canceled. Plus, you have the ability to cancel the tour yourself without penalty as long as you do it 24 hours in advance. Tours to the Grand Canyon are very popular and you have to book your seats in advance or you will be shut out, so if you go with a .pany that has a good cancellation policy, you won’t have cause for concern. Conclusion It is unfortunate the government shut down the Park system but it can’t go on much longer. Still, practically all the tours to the Grand Canyon are operating regularly. The only tours not operational are bus tours to the South Rim that depart from Phoenix or Vegas and the air tours that leave from Vegas and .e with a motor coach tour of the South Rim. You can still see the magnificent Grand Canyon, despite the U.S. Government shutdown! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: