Las Vegas Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Choices

Published: 24th July 2015
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If you'd like to take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon when you're in Vegas but don't think you have time, just take one of the air-only tours. They don't land at the canyon, they just fly over the high points, therefore they are quick tours and less expensive than those that land and include other activities. An air tour departs from Vegas and provides aerial views of Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Grand Cliffs Wash, and the Glass Bridge or Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The air-only tours are the ones the tour companies call the basic tours. They're chock-full of value, especially the ones that take off from the Strip.

Departure Points

These helicopter tours take off from a field right on the Vegas Strip or you can choose to depart from an airfield about 30 minutes away in Boulder City. Leaving from the Strip is the most convenient when you stay in a Vegas hotel. As you can imagine, the takeoff point is just a short drive away (ten minutes or less) from most of the big resorts. The tour operator arranges all your transportation needs and will even send a limo to pick you up for the tour. There is nothing better than that!

Keep in mind, the pampering and convenience is reflected in higher tour prices than you'll have to pay by choosing an off-Strip tour. For instances, you pay less for a tour that originates in Boulder City. That's because you need to take a thirty-minute shuttle ride to get to your chopper. And you won't get to ride in a limo. Plus, there are a lot more flights that depart from the Boulder City airfield than take off from the Strip. That means more seats are available, and that tends to lower the prices too.

But getting back to that limo for a minute, wouldn't that really put the icing on the cake? It's a pretty cool way to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. It is much more exciting to be chauffeured in a limousine rather than a passenger van.

Be aware the tours that take off from the Strip usually sell out even though they cost the most. That's why you don't want to wait to buy your tour. I always recommend booking at least a week in advance, but two weeks ahead is even better. Buying early allows you to get lower prices too because the tours are kind of like airplane tickets in that you have to pay more if you don't get your seats about two weeks in advance.

The Choppers

The tour helicopters are EcoStar 130 choppers. This aircraft is really the only way to go because it's significantly bigger (and therefore more comfortable) than other helicopter models. It's also equipped for superb sightseeing, with a 180-degree wraparound windshield and theater-style seating where everyone faces forward.

Summing Up

Las Vegas air tours can be deluxe (Strip takeoff and limo) or basic (Boulder City takeoff and shuttle van). Other than that, the tours are identical. They are both quick air-only tours on EcoStar 130 sightseeing choppers that offer fantastic views. Just remember to book your tour in advance so you can get a seat. Seats on these tours fill up quickly and the tours will be sold out if you delay.


Travel writer Lea Fallon is an expert on Grand Canyon helicopters. For lower prices, she recommends these coupons:

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