Making Las Vegas Helicopters to the Grand Canyon Very Affordable

Published: 24th July 2015
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No trip to Vegas is done without a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Fly across the Canyon or land in it! Locate the one that's best for you. Check out this article now.

Departure Points In Vegas

Nowadays you can take 'copter tours of the West Rim that leave from airstrips in Boulder City and Henderson, Nevada (they're both suburbs of Las Vegas) or right from the Strip. Flights from the suburbs are cheaper and you'll have to take a shuttle from your Sin City hotel to the airstrip (about 35 min. for Boulder City or 20 for Henderson). You don't have to pay more for the shuttle van ride to the airfield because it is included in the price of your tour, but still...

The tours that take off from the Strip are much better. You are within a ten minute ride from most of the resorts in Vegas, and your transportation vehicle is a limo rather than a shuttle van. Not only that, you get an amazing aerial view of the Strip as part of your helicopter ride.

Please not that all Las Vegas helicopter to the Canyon go strictly to the West Rim because the South Rim is out of flying range. You can still visit the South Rim, you just need to get there by airplane rather than helicopter, and it's only a quick one-hour flight away. Keep in mind, too, that there are no flights that go between the rims.

Sightseeing Helicopters

Two types of aircraft are used for Grand Canyon helicopter tours: Bell Rangers and EcoStar 130s. The Bell Ranger is the old-style chopper that's been in use for many years. If you are looking for the ultimate sightseeing experience, the only option is the EcoStar 130. It features a 180-degree wraparound windshield, terrific climate control, a larger cabin and comfy stadium-style seating. The EcoStar offers unsurpassed aerial views.

Air-Only and Landing Tours

Both types of tours (air-only and landing) fly over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, Grand Cliffs Wash, the Grand Canyon Skywalk and the West Rim in general. So, how are the tours different? The landing tours actually set down at the West Rim so you can get out and see the canyon up close, while the air-only tours just fly over the West Rim and then head back to Vegas.

Bottom-landing flights are always a big hit with travelers - especially the package that includes a Champagne picnic while you're on the bottom. You can even upgrade the bottom-landing tour to include a fun boat ride on the Colorado River. The landing tours that set down on top of the rim are a lot of fun too, especially the one that includes VIP access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Book In Advance

It is very busy at the Grand Canyon in the summer and tours sell out fast, so be sure to book yours one or two weeks in advance. That way, you should be able to get the date and flight time you want. Don't wait until the last minute or until after you arrive in Vegas, because you'll either be closed out or you'll pay through the nose.

Enjoy Your Flight...

The Grand Canyon helicopter rides are a lot of fun. Choose a tour that lifts off from the Strip if you can. The cost more, but you get to ride in a limo and see the Strip from the air. Remember to always purchase your helicopter tour tickets ahead of time. That's the only way to make sure you get the date and flight time you really want.


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