By Keith Kravitz
Did you know that a round-trip helicopter flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon’s West is only three hours? And, if you want to plant your feet on the bottom of the Canyon, it’s only an extra 30 minutes?
That’s remarkable. Especially since it takes nearly five hours to the Rim and back by tour bus.
This is great news for travelers on a tight schedule as now they can visit Grand Canyon West and return to Vegas with lots of time to spare. It’s also the perfect trip for visitors looking for to “do” the Canyon in the most efficient way possible.
The biggest helicopter tour operators in the U.S. call Las Vegas home, including Papillon, Maverick, Grand Canyon helicopters, and Sundance. This is great news for travelers: Tours are inexpensive as these companies fight to compete for your travel dollar (or Mark, Yen, Euro, or Pound).
The basic Grand Canyon West air tour starts at $220. It leaves Las Vegas, flies over Lake Mead (the largest reservoir in the U.S.), Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano), and the West Rim before turning around and heading back to The Strip.
The fantastic thing about Grand Canyon West helicopter flights are the upgrades. If you are feeling adventurous, you can include a Canyon descent, pontoon river rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours and kayaking. The most popular add-on is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, literally a glass bridge that extends 70 feet over the lip of the rim, suspending you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Additionally, you can upgrade a typical helicopter to an EcoStar, which is comes with a bigger, quieter cabin, large wraparound windows, a two-way digital communication system (talk to the pilot, other guests), and stadium-style seating that lets everyone get the “best view in the house.” And, if you’d like the helicopter just for you your group, charter a helicopter, which includes picking your departure time as well as flight route.
The majority of Las Vegas helicopter tour packages include hotel pick-up and drop-off. If you are doing a combo or upgrade package, lunch or champagne brunch is included. Departures are from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport or from Boulder City’s, which is located just east of Henderson, NV.
Along with Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, your heli tour will include outstanding views of Joshua Tree forest, buttes, spires, red rock formations, giant boulders, sheer cliffs, and the roaring Colorado River. Be sure to bring an extra, charged battery for your camera or camcorder – there’s an abundance of picture-taking opportunities.
Grand Canyon West is one of Las Vegas’ best day trips. Just 120 miles to the east, it’s reachable by bus, airplane, and helicopter. Due to competition, heli tours are priced right, and are perfect for travelers who enjoy aerial views of the Mojave Desert and the Grand Canyon. Heli tours are also perfect for travelers who have only a few days in Las Vegas or like the thrill of flying. As you plan your Las Vegas vacation, definitely consider a Grand Canyon West Rim helicopter tour. It will be the highlight of your Vegas trip.
About the Author: Visiting Las Vegas? Do yourself a favor: Book a Grand Canyon West air tour. Read pro travel writer Keith Kravitz’ Grand Canyon helicopter tour reviews and get the best heli tour at the lowest price!
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