Las Vegas' Preferred Grand Canyon Helicopter Flights

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Author: Justine Moriarity

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The Vegas Strip is an amazing blend of fabulous resorts and huge hotels. It is around 6.8 km in length and is situated just outside the city boundaries. This neon Strip is home to great accommodations, amazing entertainment options, and is also the hub for helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon West Rim and for aerial tours of the dazzling Vegas skyline.

Vegas is a popular tourist destination for a lot of reasons, and one of them is it's amazing array of unique hotel resorts with their interesting architecture. Vegas flights in a helicopter are terrific too. These tours use the best aircraft that allows you to ride in air conditioned comfort. And thanks to whisper jet technology, the aircraft are quiet and perfect for sightseeing.

The helicopters usually have room for six guests and the seats face forward for a good view. Passengers can pass the time by listening to a recording that is available in ten major languages, or they can listen to music. For everyone's comfort, passengers who exceed the weight limit of 275 pounds will need to buy two seats. Most of these tours require booking in advance.

Las Vegas is only 120 miles away from Grand Canyon West. This portion of the canyon sits in Arizona. And just like the rest of the Grand Canyon, it was carved out by the Colorado River. The West Rim is adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park. Tours to this area are popular because they cover such a vast amount of amazing scenery. The canyon is an impressive 466 km, or 277 miles, long and parts of it are 29 km, or 18 miles, wide. Air tours of the region offer breathtaking views and are the only a way to see a large portion of the immense canyon.

You'll be able to see a large number of plant species from your helicopter (it's estimated that more than 1,000 species of plants live in the area) as well as the region's diverse native wildlife. The jaw-dropping panoramic views of the canyon are certainly what you would expect with an excursion from the Entertainment Capitol of the World. Golf is a popular recreational activity in Vegas and when seen from above, the many golf courses look like beautiful oases in the desert.

The landing tours are especially popular among visitors to the Grand Canyon. You can only take these on the West Rim. Many tourist enjoy taking off from the rim and descending 3500 feet into the depths of the canyon to the floor below. You can make a landing tour even more fun by upgrading to a package that includes a walk over the glass Skywalk and a float down the Colorado River.

Since the helicopter tours are so popular, it is pretty easy to find a tour that fits your budget. Almost 40 million people go there every year, and a pretty hefty percentage of those visitors enjoy helicopter flights. You can take advantage of the low prices and get the day and time you want by booking your helicopter tour in advance. Don't book your flight through a hotel concierge or Strip kiosk, though, because you'll pay a higher price and you won't know exactly what you're getting. Instead, book your flight online and you'll be able to save as much as 35% off your ticket. To get the special online price though, you will need to complete your order online.

Justine Moriarity is a widely distributed travel reviewer and an authority on Grand Canyon helicopter tours. If you are focused on getting low-priced canyon flights, she recommends visiting this site now:

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