Monday, January 18, 2016

Grand Canyon Choppers: Exclusive Valentine's Day Holiday Excursions (Feb. 14)

By Paulette Neary

Want to make Valentine's Day extra special? A helicopter tour at the Grand Canyon will make it one to remember for a lifetime. Romance and adventure are combined on these tours that depart from Las Vegas, and the Arizona South Rim.

Vegas Tours

Vegas is already a special place to be, but you can make it even better with a helicopter tour. There are plenty of options available from the city, including air-only and landing flights.

Because it's Valentine's, I recommend the extra special bottom landing tour. This flight will take you inside the Canyon, where you can enjoy a Champagne picnic and even a boat ride on the Colorado River. You could even go to the top of the Canyon to experience the Skywalk.

The Skywalk is a thrilling adventure of its own. It is a huge bridge made of glass that juts beyond the edge of the rim, and you can walk out on it and stand 4000 feet above the Canyon floor and marvel at the fantastic view.

South Rim Helicopter Tours

The South Rim is just as spectacular as the West Rim, but it's never as busy. If you want something a little more intimate and mysterious, then the South Rim is for you. The South Rim begins at Tusayan in Arizona. You can start right from there, or there are flights available from Vegas.

You can pick from two tours of the South Rim. One of them gives you thirty minutes of air time and goes over to the North and back to the South Rim. However, there is a longer tour that is even better. It includes the same sights as the shorter tour, but also flies over to the eastern border of the national park. The tour lasts fifty minutes and takes you over about 75 percent of the entire national park.

Upgrade to Deluxe

Basic tours are available all year round. They include a minibus shuttle service from your hotel. However if you really want to impress, then a deluxe tour is the way to go.

For one thing, the deluxe tours fly on newer EcoStar 130 choppers. These aircraft have smooth flights, plus the cabins are roomier and the seating is arrange stadium style. The best feature though, is the enormous windscreen that wraps around the aircraft giving you panoramic views of the scenery below.

The deluxe tour provides complimentary transportation too, but you get to ride in a limo rather than a shuttle bus. That's quite suitable for a romantic Valentine's Day outing.

Don't Miss Out!

Helicopter tours of the Canyon are very popular whether you leave from Vegas or Arizona, so you need to book your tour as soon as you can. Book around two weeks ahead of the date that you want to fly, and book online, using your credit card. Buying your tour online is convenient, but more importantly, it locks in your seats so you won't get shut out of the tour you want. Plus, you'll get the lowest prices online since you'll be able to bypass a booking agent.


There are few things that are more romantic than seeing one of the most beautiful spots on earth, from a helicopter, a riverboat, or an impressive platform like the Grand Canyon Skywalk. With a number of options to choose from, Grand Canyon sightseeing can also suit your budget.

Give your Valentine a gift that they won't forget. Remember to book online with your credit card, and don't miss out on the opportunity to spend Valentine's Day at the most impressive scenery in the United States. There's no other gift that says 'I love you', in quite the same way.

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