We’ve found that seeing a place by getting as low as you can and as high as you can gives you a pretty comprehensive perspective of it. So here’s the second way we saw the Grand Canyon: through the super-sized windows of one of Grand Canyon Airlines‘ customized de Havilland Twin Otter planes, which they have been flying over the Canyon since 1927.
The approximately 45 minute scenic flight took off from the Grand Canyon Airport, just south of the National Park. It was a full flight with about 12 passengers, and cost us about $125 each. (Many of our fellow passengers were young people who spent most of the flight taking selfies. While seeing the Grand Canyon? Really.) We all had headphones with a prerecorded narrative telling us what we were seeing down below.
We started heading northeast, crossed over the South Rim and watched the ground fall out from under us. Whoah!!! Just like in the IMAX version!
Soon the Colorado River came into view. (The grey blur in the picture is the ever present propeller.)
We pretty much followed the meandering Colorado west for most of the flight.