Grand Canyon Helicopter Trips Push the Envelope!

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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).

If you are like everyone else, you head to Vegas for fun and entertainment. The anticipation of the big win on the slots; the sparkle of neon lights against the night sky; and the numerous shows and celebrities offer visitors much from which to choose. If this is all you do while in this vacation oasis, you are missing out on the biggest thrill of all: a Grand Canyon helicopter ride.

Las Vegas has over a quarter million tourists every year looking for fun and excitement and many of them are taking advantage of the fact that the Grand Canyon is fairly close to the city. Companies began to notice that vacationers wanted to combine a trip to Vegas with air tours of the Grand Canyon, so the excursion offerings began to grow. Just like the city itself, the best Grand Canyon helicopters are top of the line aircraft. They have climate control for comfort and all the latest in equipment that there is to be had. An added bonus is you don't have to take a cab to the airport, a tour guide will pick you up personally at your hotel.

You'll need to follow a few simple rules during your air tour. Food and drink are not allowed on board and only up to six passengers can take the tour at one time. There are several tours to choose from so you are sure to find one that pleases everyone in your group.

A popular tour of the Grand Canyon is a simple aerial one. Up in the air, you will have a chance to see Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and Grand Cliffs Wash. The best Grand Canyon helicopters will provide you with many awe-inspiring views, so don't forget to bring your camera along. If you want, you could drive three hours from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, but then you would miss some spectacular vistas that can only be enjoyed from a helicopter.

Are you afraid you will miss out on a hands-on canyon experience? You can select a tour that lands on the bottom of the canyon. The descent to the bottom is almost a mile and along the way you can view ancient exposed rocks. Some of the best Grand Canyon helicopters offer champagne picnics or boat rides down the Colorado River (these are piloted by Hualapai Indian guides who are very experienced at navigating the river).

Or land on the top of the West Rim. The view is guaranteed to be breathtaking if you have the fortitude to adventure out on the infamous Skywalk. You can actually venture out seventy feet onto a walkway of glass. If you are brave enough, you can gaze past your feet to the canyon floor 4000 feet below you. The Skywalk was designed to be perfectly safe, but if you have a fear of heights, you may find the experience a little terrifying. The Skywalk was made to be safe, but even so, it is an experience for thrill seekers with no fear of heights.

You'll find several fun attractions to visit while at the West Rim. The Indian Cultural Center, for instance, offers a look into the world of the Hualapai, the Indian tribe that owns Grand Canyon West. In addition there is an Old West town where you'll see gunfighters roaming around engaging in gunfights, and there is an amphitheater where you can enjoy authentic Native American shows.

Although the ride back to Vegas will be a thrilling as the ride there, it means the conclusion to a part of your vacation that you will not soon forget. So the next time you visit Vegas, don't forget to reserve your spot on a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon.

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