If you are vacationing in Las Vegas and looking for something different to do while you are there, then here’s a tip for you: Take your family or group on a Grand Canyon helicopter ride. Choose from a wide selection of flights and then prepare yourself for the world’s most awesome aerial adventure.
Many companies offer these tours from Las Vegas, Nevada. My recommendation is that you go with a reputable company operates its own fleet of sightseeing helicopters. Steer clear of kiosks on the Vegas Strip that advertise air tours. These are brokers and they are either selling last-minute cancellations or seats on choppers owned by fledgling companies.
Helicopter tour prices are all over the map. This is due to the type of trip and aircraft. Aerial tours will be cheaper while landing ones will be more expensive. Personally, I recommend you take a landing tour as they will expose you to more aspects of the National Park. The most popular landing trips include one that goes 3,500 to the bottom and another that gives you unrestricted access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Las Vegas helicopter rides only fly to Grand Canyon West, which is 120 miles away. Grand Canyon South is 270-plus miles from Vegas and is beyond the range of helicopters. If you are set on going to the South Rim, do yourself a favor and take the package that includes the 45-minute airplane flight. The other option is a tour bus that takes 5.5-hours to reach the rim.
West Rim or South Rim? Depends on few things like how much time you have and you budget. Another important is the location itself. The West Rim is famous for adventure and thrills (this is the only place in the National Park where you can land at the base), while the South Rim is famous for natural beauty.
The amount of time you spend in the air varies from company to company. Some of them offer extended tours which will give you more to look at for a longer time. Some also offer professional commentary provided by naturalists and those who are experts in what the Grand Canyon has to offer.
Depending on the company, you may be able to hook into a special deal where you can get a lot of personal attention for a small amount of money. The Internet is a good place to find these deals and book them before you arrive so that you can take advantage of the savings and the extras. You can also find some obscure trips that are not always advertised at the kiosks when you look online.
Las Vegas visitors are discovering that Grand Canyon helicopter tours make a great day trip. The quickest tour is about 3.5 hours and is ideal for travelers who can’t afford to spend an entire day at the National Park. Trips are all-inclusive, too, and come with free shuttle service to all hotels on the Vegas Strip, lunch professional pilot-guide. Don’t pay full price. There are plenty of great deals on the Internet – just make sure you book online in order to qualify for that web special.