Sunday, February 21, 2016

Greatest Grand Canyon National Park Spring Break Heli Excursions

By Jacky Archer

It won't be long until it's Spring Break once again. Families and college kids will be flocking to vacation destinations during March and April to anticipate the arrival of spring and warmer weather. This year, do something besides lay around on the beach, such as visiting Vegas and taking a tour of the Grand Canyon. Vegas is the perfect starting point for a helicopter tour, but since they are so popular, you have to book your tour in advance or it might sell out.

Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

The tour helicopters lifting off from Vegas all head for the West Rim. The West Rim is closest to Vegas, so that is where the tours head, and it only takes about 30 minutes to cover the 120 miles from Vegas to the Canyon by helicopter. You can also tour the South Rim from Vegas, but it is too far away for helicopters to make the trip, so you'll have to take an airplane there instead.

Helicopters fly over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam on the way out to the Canyon, after which your adventure will begin. There are flyover tours, as well as landing tours at the West Rim. Flyover tours allow for some epic sightseeing, but the landing tours are where the true adventures can be found.

The landing tours can let you out on top of the Canyon or on the floor near the Colorado River. There is one landing tour that is very popular because it flies to the Canyon floor where you can enjoy a Champagne picnic. You can even take a boat tour along the Colorado River when you take this tour.

Landing Tours On Top Of The Rim

Landing at the top will put you next to some of the Canyon's best hiking trails, as well as the Skywalk. The Skywalk is an impressive platform that is 4000ft above the bottom of the Canyon. It is also 70ft over the edge, and has a transparent floor. It's exhilarating to stand on the Skywalk and marvel at the beauty of the National Park. If you're going to walk out on any of the trails, Guano Point and Eagle Point both offer spectacular views.

The Helicopters

When you book your helicopter tour, you have the option to upgrade to the deluxe version. The deluxe tours fly on superior EcoStar 130 aircraft. The EcoStar is designed for touring, so it has a smoother ride, extra room inside, and the seats are arranged stadium style. However, one of the best things about flying on one of these choppers is the panoramic views through the huge 180-degree windshield.

Another nice benefit of a deluxe tour is you are transported to and from your hotel in a limousine.

Tours Of The South Rim

If you fly out to the South Rim, or if Arizona is more convenient than Las Vegas, you will have two different air-only tours to choose from. The first is a 30 minute tour that goes to the North Rim of the Canyon. The second tour, which is the most popular, is 50 minutes, and includes the eastern areas of the National Park. The longer tour allows you to see 75% of the scenery in the park.

You won't be able to take a landing tour at the South Rim, but you can add on a Jeep tour that takes you on a ride through the park so you can see the main landmarks up close and personal.

Final Thoughts

I love the Grand Canyon. It is steeped in history, filled with natural beauty, and offers many exciting adventures. The sights are second to none, and with helicopters, you will have the best vantage point. For Spring Break, go with a deluxe package for the best experience. There are lots of fun adventures to add on when you tour the West Rim, and you can tour the South Rim if you prefer and add on a Jeep tour too.

Don't forget to book your tour in advance. When you book early, you get a better deal. You can book your tour online and pay with your credit card to get instant confirmation of your seat reservations for a Spring Break adventure you'll always remember.

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