Friday, March 4, 2016

Las Vegas Helicopter Tours To Grand Canyon During Spring Break

By Joesph Carey

Why is Spring Break so special? Is it the people you're with, the places you visit, or the things that you do? It's undoubtedly a mix of all three and if that's what you're after, you should spend Spring Break at the Grand Canyon. A lot of the Canyon tours depart from Vegas, so you can spend a few days enjoying the shows and fun activities there before and after your tour. However, these tours are very popular, especially during Spring Break, so you'll want to book your tour as soon as you can before the one you want is full.

West Rim Tours

The West Rim is closest to Las Vegas, being just 125 miles from the city. It takes around 30-45 minutes to get out there by helicopter. The South Rim is further out, and helicopters won't fly there, but you can take a direct flight to Arizona, which only takes one hour.

At the West Rim you can choose from a tour that lands, or one that performs a scenic flyover and heads back to Vegas. I recommend the landing tour, because you make the most of what is on offer at the Canyon. There are two landing options. One goes to the bottom of the Canyon where you can enjoy a picnic and a Colorado River tour, or one that lands at the top and gives you access to the Skywalk and some excellent hiking trails. Of course, you can also choose to do both!

Speaking of the Skywalk, it's a fantastic way to top off your visit to the Canyon. This special platform has a transparent floor, and allows you to look directly down at the Canyon below. You will be a total of 4000ft above the bottom, so it's an exhilarating experience. You can have your photo taken by a professional Canyon photographer, forever capturing the special moment.

South Rim

If you do take a plane to the South Rim, you can still enjoy a helicopter ride when you get there. When choosing your South Rim helicopter tour, be sure to book the one that gives you 50 minutes of air time so you can see the North Rim, South Rim, and all of the park over to the eastern border. There is also a 30-minute flight available that costs less and covers the part of the Canyon between the North and South Rims.

Deluxe Tours

There are basic and deluxe tours available, but if you want to make the trip extra special, then deluxe is the way to go. Some perks include a limousine shuttle service, better seats in the helicopters, spacious cabins, a smoother ride, a quieter cabin, and most importantly-a huge 180 degree panoramic windshield. This is possible thanks to the EcoStar 130 helicopter, which is used for all deluxe tours.

Dress For Spring Weather

Although the temperature will be mild, it is recommended that you use a medium jacket, long jeans or pants, and bring along some gloves and a scarf. It can get chilly at the Canyon, and if you're taking a landing tour, you don't want to be caught out in the cold.


A final word of advice-make sure you book soon. You can't book too early, and that way you know for sure your seats are reserved. To do this, book online, and use your credit card so that everything is finalized in the booking. Plus, when you book online, you'll get the best price and you can avoid the fees charged by an agent.

There are several tour options to consider when you book your tour of the Canyon, so you'll be able to customize your experience to your liking. So be sure to book your tour soon so you can spend Spring Break at one of the most beautiful natural landmarks on earth.

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