Best Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours From Las Vegas

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Author: Luke Plunket

I'm a travel writer who specializes in finding Grand Canyon tour deals. My expertise is finding and promoting helicopter, bus, airplane and rafting specials. Click any link in my profile to get the latest information on the best canyon offers from Las Vegas and the South Rim (Grand Canyon Airport).

You will find there's huge variety of Grand Canyon chopper flights from Vegas. From air-only flights to rafting-combo packages, Las Vegas has it all. To get you shopping in the right direction, I've come up with this informative article spotlighting the top flights. I'm confident that your canyon experience is going to be off the charts if you reserve any one of them.

Vegas helis only fly to Grand Canyon West, which is also referred to as the West Rim. This part of the canyon is only 125 miles from Sin City. Flight time is 45 minutes. Those searching for a South Rim helicopter tour will need to bundle that with a coach or plane ride.

The West Rim is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which is adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park. This rim is famous for a number of things, such as the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the glass observation deck that lets you go walking 70 feet past the edge. It is also the sole place in the whole Park where you can fly to the bottom.

There's two kinds of helicopter trips: Air trips and bottom-landing tours. Here's particulars:

1. Air Only. Fly from Vegas. Goes over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Switches back over Grand Canyon West, where you will see the celebrated Colorado River, Guano Point, Eagle Point, Grand Cliffs Wash, the Skywalk and more. Total tour time is roughly four hours and includes complimentary hotel shuttle service.

2. Landing Trips. These excursions stick to the exact same course as the air trips but land in the Reservation. Specifically:

A. Bottom Landing. Descends 4,000 feet to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Disembark, enjoy Champagne breakfast, brunch or toast. Check out the floor and riverbank. Trip duration is 5 hours and includes free shuttle service.

B. Bottom Landing with Boat & Grand Canyon Skywalk. This tour expands the one above with a river boat ride and VIP tickets to the Glass Bridge. Lasts about 6 hours and includes free transport back and forth from all Las Vegas resort-hotels.

C. Glass Bridge tour. Arrives at Grand Canyon West Airport. Shuttle to the glass observation deck. Unlimited access on the observation deck, as well as about two hours to explore the rim. Sights include Guano Point, the Indian Cultural Center and Eagle Point

These are the most popular tours from Vegas to the Grand Canyon West and they sell out fairly quickly. My advice is that you book your seats one or more week ahead of time. Trying to book last-minute tours is a crapshoot and generally only encouraged if you're a solo traveler.

Get your trip while in Vegas and you will be overcharged. If you'd like to receive the best deal, adhere to these 3 simple steps:

1. Book ahead of time (further out the better!)

2. Get your tour on the internet

3. Finish the entire transaction online.

I'm very specific about #3. If for whatever reason you let a broker finish your online booking, you will in all probability pay more. Today's vacation internet sites are safe and secure. This is the only way I buy travel today and I've never had a problem.

Vegas is a superb place from whence to take a Grand Canyon helicopter ride. There's lots of variety and prices are cut-throat. Further, the West Rim is less than 60 minutes away. It is also the only place in the National Park where one can fly to the base. So, as you plan your vacation to Sin City, go ahead and add a canyon helicopter ride. It'll be the time of your life.

Mr. Plunket is a travel journalist who reports on all things Grand Canyon. He recommends going here for cheap prices on Grand Canyon helicopter tours from Vegas.

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