Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. I can’t think of anything that’s more amazing or romantic than taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Sure, Grand Canyon helicopters are known for excitement and breathtaking views, but those same views are also incredibly romantic!
You’ll need to choose the West Rim or the South Rim before actually booking your flight. Arizona-based couples will head for the South Rim, while people starting out from Vegas will head to the West. Because of the distance involved, helicopter tours originating in Las Vegas aren’t able to fly to the South Rim.
Until they look into it or arrive in the area, a lot of people don’t realize that the West Rim isn’t far from 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. Just think - you’re not even at the National Park yet. Once your chopper crests Grand Wash Cliffs and enters the Park’s airspace, you’re really in for a treat!
Grand Canyon West (the West Rim) has something amazing and it’s not available at the South Rim. This is the only section of the Park where helicopters are allowed to land on the canyon floor. This particular landing tour package includes a champagne picnic at the bottom (could anything be more romantic?), but you could also add a smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River. Passes to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk are another popular add-on.
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 decide on the South Rim instead, you can choose a 30-minute or 50-minute helicopter tour. The shorter flight takes you from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The more-comprehensive 50-minute flight includes the South, North and East Rims. I always recommend the longer flight because the views are fantastic and it’s a more in-depth experience.
I also recommend choosing from the tours that use EcoStar 130 Grand Canyon helicopters. This particular aircraft is fitted with comfy, stadium-style seating and180-degree wraparound windows for terrific sightseeing. The cabin is also a lot bigger than you’d get in other choppers, and the climate control is state-of-the-art.
Seating will be limited on Valentine’s Day helicopter tours. You don’t really think you’re the only one out there who thinks this would be a romantic way to spend this special day, do you? I strongly urge you to book at least a week or two ahead. Waiting much longer than that means the tour you want might be sold out. This is an important day, so don’t take that risk – book well in advance.
Booking Grand Canyon helicopters 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. If (and only if) you complete the entire transaction on the company’s official site, you’ll qualify for a special Internet discount.
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Valentine's Day at the Grand Canyon? Awesome! Travel writer Justine Moriarity recommends first reading these helicopter tour reviews , then heading over here for the lowest prices on the best flights: