The Grand Canyon: Valentine's 2013 Helicopter Trip Offers

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Author: Tracy Delvecchio

I'm a travel journalist. Enjoy playing softball. I have two parrots that I adore. Like cooking Chinese meals for best friends and family. Movie buff and my favorite is Harry Potter.

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. There is nothing more romantic and thrilling than taking helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon. Everyone loves the Grand Canyon because of its awesome vistas and those amazing views are very romantic too!

Before you make flight reservations, you have to decide between a tour of the South Rim or the West Rim. If you are located in Arizona, you will go to the South. That's because it is too far for helicopters to fly to the South Rim from Vegas.

You may not even realize how close the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is to Las Vegas. It's only 120 miles, and helicopter tours can cover that distance in less than 60 minutes. Along the way, you'll soar over Lake Mead -- the country's largest manmade reservoir. You'll also fly over Hoover Dam, a marvelous engineering accomplishment. There are plenty of interesting sights to behold on your way to the National Park. As your chopper soars above Grand Wash Cliffs and enters into the airspace above the Grand Canyon, the amazing wonder unfolds below you.

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon, also known as Grand Canyon West, has a unique feature not available at the South Rim. This one section of the park is the only place where you can take a chopper to the floor of the canyon and land. When you arrive at the base of the canyon, you are treated to a romantic champagne picnic and you can take a relaxing float trip along the smooth waters of the Colorado River. You can also choose to add on passes to the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Other popular West Rim helicopter flights land at the rim top as well as on the bottom. These tours give you plenty of time to walk around and explore highlights like Hualapai Ranch and the Indian Cultural Center, along with the lookouts at Eagle Point and Guano Point.

If you want to go to the South Rim, you can select a 30 or 50 minute helicopter ride. The half hour flight goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The 50 minute flight lets you see the sights on the South, North, and East Rim. The longer tours are best if you have the time because you get to see more of this fantastic region and its diverse geography.

You should seek out tour operators who use the EcoStar 130 choppers for their helicopter rides. This particular aircraft is fitted with comfy, stadium-style seating and 180-degree wraparound windows for terrific sightseeing. The cabin area offers you much more room than other choppers and the climate control utilizes the latest in technology.

Seats fill up fast for Valentine's Day helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon. A lot of other people have the same idea as you and are planning a romantic tour. You should book your flight a couple of weeks in advance. If you wait until the last minute you might not get a seat. Valentine's Day is a very important occasion and you don't want to blow it, so get your seats early.

Booking Grand Canyon choppers online is always best because that's where you'll find the best prices -- at least when you book directly on the tour company's website. When you book and pay for your flight on the company's official site then you get a special Internet discount that slashes the cost.

All set to go to Grand Canyon National Park on Valentine's? Travel author Tracy Delvecchio suggests first considering these top 3 helicopter tour companies, then visiting this site to find the best rates on premium flights:

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