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Vegas Strip - Greatest Chopper Excursions to Grand Canyon National Park

Justine Moriarity

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Doing a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is the best way to see it all. But make sure you read everything before you book. Many of these tours seem to leave from Vegas but leave from close-by places like Boulder City, Henderson or even North Las Vegas. These trips are great, but for your money, the best bet is leaving straight from the Las Vegas Strip.

The Neon Paradise

One fun reason to book a helicopter tour that departs from the Strip is that you get to see Neon Boulevard and all it's colorful lights on your return flight from the canyon. You'll see the lights twinkle in the sky as you travel from Stratosphere Tower to the famous Luxor Pyramid. Not only that you'll see the Manhattan skyline of the New York-New York, the Bellagio fountains, the Paris Eiffel Tower, and the MGM Emerald City.

As a bonus, this selection gives you free pick up from your hotel and back in a stretch limo. If it's a special occasion like an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon, this will make it even more memorable. Even better, these tours use the EcoStar 130 for their flights.

The EcoStar 130 offers the best flight experience when you tour the Grand Canyon. The cabin has 25 percent more space, better climate control, and comfy seats. It's aerodynamic design ensures a smooth flight and the wraparound windshield gives you the best views possible. The other helicopters used in basic tours just don't compare.

Some Choices To Make

The first decision you have to make is if you want to take an air-only tour or if you want to land at the canyon. Both tours give you an aerial overview of the Colorado River, the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and the Hoover Dam, but the only tours that set down at the canyon are the landing tours. The air-only tours take you over all the main landmarks and scenic high points in the region and the fly on back to Vegas without landing. The landing tours let you see the same sights from the air, but then they land on top of the rim or on the canyon floor so you can get out and explore on foot. One tour that is really fun is one that flies down to the canyon floor where a champagne picnic is waiting for you. However, that's just the start of your fun because you can also add on a pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River and tickets to walk out on the world-famous glass Skywalk.

Once you settle on a tour, it's important you book it online as soon as you can. Since tours on Grand Canyon helicopters are so popular, the sell out fast. Booking early ensures you get a seat on the tour and it is also a great way to get a good discount on the price. You should book your room and your flight the same day. Do not try to book your tour 48 hours beforehand, you will waste money and might end up with no flight at all.

When you're ready to take your tour, be sure to dress for the weather. It's hot there in the summer and it can get up to 100 degrees easily. Wear something with breathable fabric so you stay cool. Bring sun protection too such as sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen, as well as plenty of water. Don't forget to wear sturdy shoes too if you plan on walking around the canyon. Bring a salty snack to keep up your energy, there's a lot to see.

Enjoy An Adventurous Flight

The chopper tours that depart from the Vegas Strip are convenient and offer the utmost in comfort and options. You'll even get free limo service and a flight over Vegas. Best of all, they use the EcoStar 130, which is unparalleled in comfort and views. These tours offer it all and they are very popular, so don't forget to book your tour early. If you wait too long, you'll have to pay more, and you might not even be able to get a seat.

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The author is an expert on Grand Canyon tours and recommends reading these helicopter reviews before going here for deals and promotions on these incredible flights:


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