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Vegas Travels: Locating the Best Grand Canyon Chopper, Plane Tours

Justine Moriarity

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Have you been thinking about touring the Grand Canyon? If so, then you should know that air tours are the best way to see the canyon and you can catch a Grand Canyon airplane from Vegas. You can choose from an airplane or helicopter tour, and then you get to add on fun extras. All you need to do is find the one that fits you.

Vegas Chopper Tours

Vegas is a special place to fly from, because it's the only place where you can take a tour that lands inside the Grand Canyon National Park. For instance, one of the helicopter tours flies you down to the bottom of the canyon where you can enjoy a champagne picnic, and as you can imagine, this is a very popular tour. Your picnic is near the Colorado River, and since you'll be so close, you can even add on a float tour, and if that's not exciting enough, you could land on top of the rim instead and walk out on the famous Skywalk.

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is only 100 miles from Las Vegas, so all of the tour choppers that depart from Vegas go to the West Rim. The flight takes less than an hour, and you'll see many spectacular sights, although none may be as exciting as the sights you'll see when you step out over the canyon on the glass Skywalk. The steel and glass platform is 4000 feet above the bottom of the canyon, and you will get the sensation that you're floating out above it.

If you don't want to take a landing tour, you can take an air tour instead where you'll still see all the important landmarks from the air. They are also less expensive than landing tours. As an added bonus, you'll also get aerial views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead since they are on the route between Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Basic And Deluxe Helicopter Tours

You have to decide if you want to book a basic or deluxe tour. One difference is the basic tours lift off from Boulder City, which is a 35 minute shuttle ride away from the Strip in Vegas. There's a shuttle bus ride included with basic tickets. These tours are flown on Bell Ranger and AStar helicopters. There is nothing wrong with those helicopters, it's just that they aren't the best choice now for sightseeing.

The deluxe tours offer a better experience all around. The deluxe tours depart conveniently from the Vegas Strip and they come with complimentary limousine transportation to and from your hotel. EcoStar 130 helicopters are used, and the difference with these new helicopters is staggering. A big plus of this type of helicopter is the great views you'll get from the huge windshield that wraps around the front of the aircraft. There is no better way to see the Grand Canyon from the air. Another plus is the big, comfy seats that are situated so no one on the tour has an obstructed view. You won't be disappointed in these deluxe Las Vegas helicopter tours.

Grand Canyon Airplane Tours

The airplane tours follow the same flight path as the helicopter tours, and they cost less too. The trade off is that the planes fly higher than choppers, so that can affect your view, plus the airplanes can't descend into the canyon.

However, when money is a problem, then taking an airplane tour is a great way to see the canyon and not have to blow your budget. Also, airplane tours can accommodate up to 19 passengers which means that they're perfect if you're traveling with a larger group. These planes have a specially designed fuselage with oversized windows, providing spectacular views from inside. Although they can't rival helicopters, they're the next best thing.

Airplanes that depart from Las Vegas provide West Rim and South Rim tours, so that is beneficial if you want to tour the South Rim, North Rim, and eastern edge of the National Park.

You'll Never Forget Your Tour Of American's Wonder

You can see there are some fun options when it comes to choosing an unforgettable air tour of the Grand Canyon. The Vegas air tours are the best since they allow you to land at the canyon for a day of fun, but you can also choose an economical air-only tour if you're short on time. Once you've decided on the tour you want to take, go ahead and book it in advance because Grand Canyon tours are so popular they fill up fast.

Tips from the Author

The writer is an expert on Grand Canyon excursions and suggests these plane tours as well as these chopper flights:


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