Tracking Down Low-Priced Grand Canyon Helicopter Rides

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Author: Justine Moriarity

Travel writer, report, photographer, sketch artist and budding chef.

Being a mile deep in some places, and roughly 270 miles in length, it's hardly surprising that the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Numerous lookout points offer different views, but all of them are magnificent. With so much to see, how can you do justice to this truly remarkable place? Surprisingly enough, it's extremely easy. Experience the magnificence of the canyon with one of the helicopter rides available for visitors.

With a variety of canyon air tours available, you'll definitely find one that's right for you. If you only want a basic tour, you'll find what you're looking for on the canyon's West Rim and South Rim. Even though these are considered basic tours, they cover all of the most spectacular features within the Grand Canyon National Park. Landing tours are another type of aerial canyon tour. Landing tours fly only to the West Rim, but they also include a landing on the canyon floor, a rafting trip down the Colorado River, and/or passes for the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

West Rim helicopter flights leave from Las Vegas, while South Rim flights take off from Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCA). One of the nice things about these Grand Canyon helicopter rides is that you can enjoy them all year round. If you have limited time, but you still want to see the magnificent splendor of the Grand Canyon, you'll find the basic tour is perfect. Landing tours, on the other hand, provide a more time-consuming, in-depth experience. Depending on which package you choose, a landing tour can take up to six hours.

A Grand Canyon helicopter ride will be more costly than a tour by motor coach or airplane. However, you will never regret having made the choice. If you book a West Rim package, you'll have peace of mind in knowing everything is included, and that includes getting picked up from your hotel. Landing tours will also provide lunch. If you choose a tour leaving from Grand Canyon South, you need to remember that these packages only include your trip on the helicopter. With these tours, you are also responsible for finding your own way to the airport. The good news is however that National Park lodging is only ten minutes away from the airport.

Regardless of what tour you choose, there will almost certainly be a few things you want to take along. Perhaps the most important thing of all is your camera. Let's be honest: not many places can rival the Grand Canyon when it comes to scenery. Be warned, that if you don't take your camera, you'll regret it for the rest of your life.

Sure, Grand Canyon helicopter rides afford you the chance to see breathtaking scenery, but they are also very educational as well. Several of the companies operating in the area provide a highly experienced tour guide as part of the packages they offer, and your guide will be able to provide you with plenty of interesting information regarding the canyon.

It's always a good idea to do a bit of online research prior to booking any of these air tours. The Internet has made researching easy, and it's a great way to see what these tours are all about. There are plenty of resources on the net, but I would start at the official Grand Canyon site. My next step would be to visit a number of other sites in search of a special offer. You can pick up some great deals, and if you book online, you can often save up to 30% of the actual cost.

No matter what time of the year you plan on going, always book in advance. You'll get a lower price and have access to the best flights by making your reservation at least 72 hours before the departure date of the tour you want. The best helicopter tours take off before noon, when visibility is best and the air isn't turbulent. Booking online, and booking in advance as well, will definitely ensure you get the best price available for Grand Canyon helicopter rides. And, you'll be well on the way to enjoying an exciting, exhilarating experience that will surely be one of the highlights of your entire trip!

Justine Moriarity is a travel editor and a specialist on Grand Canyon tours. If you are looking for the top helicopter rides at the cheapest prices, she recommends visiting this web site now:

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