News flash: A Grand Canyon helicopter tour out of Vegas will make your trip way more memorable. One of the many reasons is that you’ll be able to check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk – the internationally famous sight that’s the largest glass cantilevered bridge in the world!
You can choose from different Skywalk helicopter tour packages, and one of them should be perfect for you and your schedule. Here are a few quick facts about the Skywalk to think about:
1. At the apex of this horseshoe-shaped glass bridge, you’ll be standing 70 feet past the edge of the canyon - 4,000 feet above the bottom
2. Construction costs were almost $30 million
3. Annually, more than 300,000 people go there to experience the unique views of Grand Canyon West
- It’s an amazing structure and one of the main draws at the West Rim, but it certainly isn’t the only thing there. Some of the other sights you’ll want to see include:
1. Eagle Point: a rock formation that gained its name because its shape resembles an eagle with widespread wings
2. Guano Point: nicknamed the “Bat Cave” because it was once a bat guano mine
3. The Indian Cultural Center: an outdoor museum that lets you experience the lifestyle and culture of the Hualapai Indian tribe
4. Hualapai Ranch: You can watch staged gunfights and enjoy a hot meal at this Old West-style town
Sure, there are buses and planes to Grand Canyon West, but I’d rather take one of the Grand Canyon Skywalk helicopter tours. They let you see the sights in a way that the others can’t, and the flights are exhilarating.
At the West Rim you can choose from air-only or landing Grand Canyon helicopter tours. I strongly suggest taking a landing tour unless time is short and you just want a quick overview of the canyon. The basic air-only tour takes you over the following highlights:
1. Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in America
2. Hoover Dam, the massive concrete structure that harnesses the Colorado River
3. Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano that can be seen for miles around
4. Grand Wash Cliffs, considered the entry point into National Park airspace
5. The Grand Canyon Skywalk and other highlights at the West Rim
I love this route, but I think landing Grand Canyon helicopter tours are even better if you can swing one. They give you everything an air-only chopper does, but they also land at one of two places in the Park - Grand Canyon West Airport at the top of the West Rim, or on the bottom of the canyon itself. Grand Canyon West is the only part of the Park where choppers can land on the bottom. How cool is that?
The flight that lands at the bottom of the canyon is incredibly popular and includes a picnic while you’re down there. Popular add-ons include passes to the Skywalk and a float trip down the Colorado. Or, you could take one of the Skywalk helicopter tours that land at the top and do the Glass Bridge and all the nearby sights that way.
Because they’re all-inclusive, the only thing you’ll need to worry about for one of these Skywalk helicopter tours is which clothing to wear. By all-inclusive, I mean that the price includes hotel pickup and drop-off at most Vegas Strip hotels, a professional guide, all Grand Canyon West admission fees, and lunch (landing tours only).
Grand Canyon helicopter tours are great stuff. I suggest you book yours online because that’s where you’ll get the best price. And book it directly on the tour company’s website – don’t mess around with TravelZoo, Expedia, TripAdvisor or other places like that because you’ll pay more than you need to. Complete your entire purchase transaction on the tour company’s site and you’ll get a terrific Internet-only discount!
Tips from the Author
Travel writer Justine Moriarity is an expert on Grand Canyon helicopter tours. She recommends going here for tips on how to get the best deals as well as this site for flight coupons: