Even though summer is almost over, there is still time left for another fun adventure. What could be more fun than taking an air tour of the Grand Canyon? If you're thinking about heading out there, then there some things you'll need to know first so that you can get the best deal, and have the most enjoyable trip.
Temperatures Are Hot
Summer might be over according to the calendar, but it is still quite hot at the Grand Canyon this time of year. Temperatures can soar about midday, so if you want to stay cool, pick a tour that leaves early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Sunrise and sunset tours are good options if you want the most picturesque experience.
The helicopters used on these tours offer climate control, so you'll be comfortable while you're in the air, but if you take a landing tour, be prepared for the intense heat when you get out of the chopper. Wear light clothing and a hat, and be sure to wear sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
EcoStar 130 Choppers Offer Deluxe Flights
Some Grand Canyon flights that depart from Vegas fly on the EcoStar 130 choppers. You'll get optimum views from one of the helicopters, and your ride will be comfortable too. The comfy seats are arranged stadium style, and that means there are no bad views, so you'll be able to see everything without obstructions in your line of vision, and you'll have plenty of personal space for added comfort. As soon as you see the helicopter you will be impressed by the large windscreen, which wraps 180 degrees around the front of the helicopter.
When you choose deluxe tours from Las Vegas, you will also receive a complimentary limousine shuttle. In addition, the deluxe tours depart conveniently from the Vegas Strip, and the basic tours depart from Boulder City, which is a shuttle ride away.
Helicopter tours that depart from Vegas go to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and this is the only place in the national park where helicopters are allowed to fly below the rim and land on the bottom of the canyon. So you can book a landing tour that sets down on the canyon floor or on top of the rim. Both options are fun, and if you have enough time, you can explore both areas of the West Rim.
Touring The South Rim
If you want to tour the South Rim, or if you will be in Arizona instead of Vegas, then you'll need to begin your helicopter tour in Tusayan. These tours are a totally different experience since they fly along the North and South Rims. There are two types of tours. The first is a half-hour tour that goes to the remote North Rim, and then back to Tusayan. The second tour follows the same route but then adds on a leg to the eastern border of the park. The longer tour is almost an hour in duration, and allows you to see around three quarters of the park.
Although your helicopter won't land in the canyon, you can still explore the canyon from the ground by booking a Jeep tour out of Tusayan. This will give you an exhilarating ground level experience, allowing you to see some famous landmarks from a whole new perspective. Booking a tour package that includes an air tour with a Jeep tour is the ideal way to experience the beauty of the South Rim and all it's wilderness area and famous landmarks.
If you're staying in Vegas and wish you could tour the South Rim, you can, because all you have to do is book a tour that includes a quick 60-minute plane flight to Tusayan where you can begin your adventure.
Book Early And Close Summer In Style
Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon are very popular and they fill up fast. Book your tour in advance so you can claim your seats before they're gone, and if you buy your tour online using your credit card, you can get the best deal. The best price on Grand Canyon tours is the internet rate you find online, plus when you book online, you'll get confirmation your seats are locked in as soon as you pay. This is especially important if you're opting for one of the popular sunrise or sunset tours. Buying your tour two weeks in advance helps you get the tour date and time you want.
Touring the Grand Canyon is always an exciting adventure. Seeing the massive chasm from the air is an unforgettable experience. Take the air tour of a lifetime with Grand Canyon helicopters.
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