Submitted by: Rhegie Taylor
Ready to do a Las Vegas Grand Canyon Helicopter tour during the Memorial Day Holiday? Awesome! Pick from a no-landing or landing tour and see the Canyon the way it was meant to be experienced – from the air!
Vegas is ideally situated for helicopter tours. But keep in mind, they only go to the West Rim, which is a 125-mile flight that takes a helicopter about 45 minutes to complete.. Some folks want the South Rim, and that can be accommodated, but you have to take a plane first and then a helicopter from Tusayan, AZ. .
The flight path for all tours is the same. You go over Lake Mead, Fortification Hill, Hoover Dam, Colorado River and the Canyon. If you’re doing a no-landing, you’ll turn back for Vegas. If you’re doing a landing tour, you’ll go to the top, the bottom or both.
I personally prefer landing tours as you get to see and do more. Specifically, I like the tour that lands at the base and comes with a Champagne Picnic. People who go this route also like to upgrade this trip to include a Colorado River boat ride.
Tours that land on top are called Skywalk tours. These trips include VIP tickets to the glass bridge, a snack pack, free shuttle service between the Guano and Eagle Points and about 2 hours on the rim for exploration (remember to make time for the Native American dances and culture). .
For those unfamiliar with the Glass Bridge, it’s an all-glass platform that lets you walk 70 feet over the edge until you’re standing about 4.000 feet over the bottom. It’s an amazing sensation and the views you get are simply spectacular.
Tours from Vegas are either basic or deluxe. The key difference is the kind of helicopter used. The basic tours use the old helicopters and the deluxe tours use the new ones. I personally prefer deluxe because of the new helicopter and all the perks that come with the package.
The new helicopter, for example, is 25 percent bigger than the old helicopter. It’s also equipped with a 180-degree windshield and bucket seats that are configured stadium style so everyone has a great view of the National Park. Lastly, these machines are equipped with great climate control, which is invaluable during summer and winter months.
I recommend booking a Vegas heli tour in advance. I recommend trying to book a week ahead of time in order to get the best seats and the cheapest price. I do not recommend booking same day because the price will be more and the seats might be sold out. And remember to complete your booking online in order to qualify for the Internet rate, which is fixed and final and the cheapest.
I hope this article about Grand Canyon Las Vegas helicopter tours during the Memorial Day Holiday proved helpful. As noted, I prefer landing tours, and especially the one that comes with the Champagne picnic. I also recommend going with a deluxe tour because you fly in the new chopper. Lastly, book your tour now. Waiting until the last minute means higher prices and the possibility that the tour is sold out.
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