Party goers from around the world head to Las Vegas for a grand New Year's Eve celebration. And since the Grand Canyon is so close, it's the perfect opportunity to take a quick helicopter tour.
The helicopters that fly out of Vegas only tour the West Rim. The South Rim is a popular destination too, but it is out of the flight range for Vegas choppers. If you want to go to the South Rim, you'll have to go by plane instead.
You'll have two different air tours you can choose from when flying by helicopter. One is an air-only tour, and the other one lands at the canyon. No matter which type you choose, you'll get to fly over Lake Mead and the massive Hoover Dam. With a flying only tour, you'll be taken over the canyon before you head back to Vegas. If you decide to take a landing tour, you can pick from one that lands on the canyon floor or one that lands on top of the rim.
One of the most popular tours is the one that lands on the canyon floor and includes a Champagne picnic. These air tours depart every other hour from 7 AM until 3 PM daily. Perhaps the most exciting part of these tours is the descent that takes about 15 minutes to complete, landing you right next to the Colorado River.
You also have options to add on side activities, such as a boat ride on the Colorado River. Other optional experiences include a trip on the Grand Canyon Skywalk which is a famous glass bridge that takes you a heart pounding 70 feet over the edge of the Canyon.
For this, you'll find that there are two different helicopter tours you can choose from Las Vegas. Basic and deluxe. As you can guess, the basic tours cost less, but you also have to leave from Boulder City which is over 35 minutes outside of Vegas. The deluxe tours lift off right from the Vegas Strip, and you'll be picked up at your hotel in a limousine.
Since the deluxe tours lift off on the Strip, you get an amazing aerial view of the resorts as the helicopter hovers in the air. You'll see the Stratosphere and the Luxor as well as other well-known landmarks in Vegas. This is perhaps one of the most incredible ways to top off an incredible trip as you prepare to celebrate the New Year.
New Years is one of the busiest holidays in Vegas. Because of that, it is critical that you take the time to book your tour as quickly as possible. Go ahead and book your Grand Canyon tour when you book your hotel, or at least one to two weeks in advance. That way, the flights won't all be sold out when you get there.
You might even find that the tour prices go up over the holiday season. You can get around that by booking your seats online. You'll find the lowest prices on the tour operators’ websites. But you'll have to buy your seats online to get the low Internet rate.
To Sum Up
New Year's Eve is the ideal time to go to Las Vegas, and while you're there celebrating, you should work in a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. If you decide you want to make it extra special, schedule a deluxe tour and embark to the base of the Canyon. Then you'll get a bonus view of Vegas from the air and a fun ride in a limousine. Just remember to order online and qualify for the lowest internet rate possible.
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