Las Vegas is the King of helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. Flights depart from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and go to the top or the bottom of the National Park.
Please note that Vegas helicopters ONLY go to the West Rim. This is because the South Rim is too far away (277 miles to be exact).
There are two kinds of helicopter tours: Basic and deluxe. Basic trips depart from neighboring suburbs like Henderson, NV, and Boulder City, NV.
Deluxe tours leave from the Vegas Strip and include hotel pick up and drop off by limousine. You also get an extended flight over The Strip.
But the big difference is the type of helicopter used. Deluxe tours ONLY use the superior EcoStar 130, which is 25 percent larger than basic helicopters.
Further, the EcoStar is decked out with stadium-style seats and a 180-degree wraparound windshield. It’s also quieter and aerodynamically designed for a better, smoother ride.
Yes, deluxe tours cost more than basic tours but if you add up all the perks the deluxe is by far the much better value (they also are more prone to selling out).
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You can pick from all-air tours or landing tours. Both fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and the Canyon. At this point, all-air trips will turn back for Vegas. Landing tours, by contrast, go to the top or the base. Personally, I prefer the landing tours because you get a much more in-depth Canyon experience.
In particular, I like the landing tour that includes a Champagne Picnic. Lots of travelers like to upgrade this tour to include a Colorado River boat ride and a VIP ticket to the Skywalk.
I always recommend booking these tours in advance. In fact, my rule of thumb now is to urge you to book right after you secure your hotel room. If that’s not possible, book your flight at least two weeks prior.
Avoid booking your flight 48 hours prior to flight time. Or when you arrive in Las Vegas. Two things can and will happen. First, the cost will skyrocket. Second, and this is even more common, the tour will be sold out.
Always book online. That’s where the deals are. However, and this is super important, make sure you complete your transaction online in order to qualify for the Internet discount price. Failure to follow this ONE simple step can be costly.
Afterward, you’ll be emailed a reservation #. Email that to me and I will verify your flight and send you our Las Vegas Coupon Book, which includes a front seat upgrade discount coupon (you want this!).
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