Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Grand Canyon Helicopters Valentine's Day Special Tour Deals

By Rick Sneeds

The most romantic day of the year is coming up. What do you have planned? If you happen to be traveling to Las Vegas or Arizona, why not consider a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? These flights are fun and thrilling, but, more importantly, totally romantic!

You'll need to choose the West Rim or the South Rim before actually booking your flight. Arizona-based couples will head for the South Rim, while people starting out from Vegas will head to the West. Because of the distance involved, helicopter tours originating in Las Vegas aren't able to fly to the South Rim.

Until they look into it or arrive in the area, a lot of people don't realize that the West Rim isn't far from Las Vegas. It is just 120 miles and a helicopter gets you there in under an hour. During your flight, you will get to see the largest manmade reservoir in the country, Lake Mead. That's where Hoover Dam is located and you can see this immense structure from the air. You get to see plenty of amazing sights long before you get to the National Park. After your chopper rises above Grand Wash Cliffs and enters Grand Canyon airspace, the real fun begins.

Grand Canyon West (the West Rim) has something amazing and it's not available at the South Rim. This is the only section of the Park where helicopters are allowed to land on the canyon floor. This particular landing tour package includes a champagne picnic at the bottom (could anything be more romantic?), but you could also add a smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River. Passes to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk are another popular add-on.

Other West Rim helicopter flights include one that lets you do the top and bottom of the canyon with additional time to explore the rim. If you go this route, there are a number of captivating points of interest like Guano Point, Eagle Point, the Indian Cultural Center and Hualapai Ranch.

If you want to go to the South Rim, you can select a 30 or 50 minute helicopter ride. The thirty-minute tour goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The 50-minute flight lets you see the sights on the South, North, and East Rim. I always recommend the longer flight because the views are fantastic and it's a more in-depth experience.

I also recommend choosing from the tours that use EcoStar 130 Grand Canyon helicopters. This particular aircraft is fitted with comfy, stadium-style seating and180-degree wraparound windows for terrific sightseeing. The cabin is also a lot bigger than you'd get in other choppers, and the climate control is state-of-the-art.

Seats sell out quickly for Valentine's Day helicopter tours. You don't really think you're the only one out there who thinks this would be a romantic way to spend this special day, do you? Go ahead and book your flight as far in advance as you can. If you wait until the last minute you might not get a seat. Valentine's Day is a very important occasion and you don't want to blow it, so get your seats early.

Lastly, make sure you book your Valentine's flight online. Doing so will nearly ensure you get the best deal possible. I say "nearly" because you have to know where to look, which is on the websites of the tour operators themselves. Even then, you have to be vigilant because you'll only get that great online rate if you complete the transaction online.

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