Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
Grand Canyon helicopter tours provide one of the most exciting ways to view the breathtaking scenery of that place where the Colorado River has carved deep ruts into the earth’s surface. Dependent on the choice of flight and location, these tours often range in price and scenery. Many of the helicopter tours, especially those that fly below the rim and land near the river, are not destined for the a Grand Canyon National Park; however, they are touring a part of the Grand Canyon, which covers a broad territory. Travelers arriving by car can take advantage of the opportunity to tour more places around the Grand Canyon before or after the helicopter tour. When booking a helicopter tour, be sure to verify that it is destined for the Grand Canyon, since there are dozens of tours being offered for various sites around the Canyon, including Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, and Lake Powell. Though these are quite scenic, patrons of these tours will not be viewing the Grand Canyon. Helicopter tours can be a bit pricey, but seeing the Canyon from the sky is a most spectacular experience, indeed; should the Grand Canyon be part of your agenda, splurging for a helicopter tour is worth consideration.
Grand Canyon South Rim Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon South Rim Helicopter Tour Image: Robert Nyman (flickr)
A large number of Grand Canyon helicopter tours take off from the airport on the Grand Canyon South Rim — the most visited and traveled area of the canyon. Most tours originating in Las Vegas will take place over the South Rim, flying out on a fixed wing aircraft to the Grand Canyon Airport and then taking off in a helicopter from there. South Rim tour packages are offered by several airlines, such as Grand Canyon Airlines, Papillon, and Maverick. Some of the panoramic vistas on the South Rim tours include the deepest, widest portion of the Canyon, Dragon Corridor, and a butte rising over 6,000 feet from the earth, The Tower of Ra.
Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour Image: jamiejohndavies (flickr)
Another popular destination for Grand Canyon helicopter tours is the West Rim, which is the home to the Hualapai (WALL-a-PIE) Indian Reservation, part of the Grand Canyon but not the national park. Many of these tours will fly below the rim and land on the bank of the Colorado River. Helicopter tours coming directly from Las Vegas will generally mark the West Rim as their destination; either originating location, Vegas or the West Rim, will cover most of the same territory.
Grand Canyon Skywalk Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon Skywalk Helicopter Tour Image: Purple (wikipedia), CC BY-SA 2.0
Many of the Grand Canyon helicopter tour companies offer a selection of packages, including a Skywalk helicopter tour, which will include a helicopter tour and ground time to visit the engineering sensation known as the Skywalk, a suspended glass bottomed corridor that extends 70 feet away from the Canyon’s edge on the West Rim. Visitors arriving at the West Rim by car can also take advantage of the opportunity to step out on the Skywalk. Admission to the site can add up, so be aware of current prices; it may be more advantageous to package the admission with a tour.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours from Las Vegas
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours from Las Vegas Image: Zemlinki! (flickr)
A great deal of visitors of Las Vegas book Grand Canyon helicopter tours from the city. Some tours leave directly from the city; others include transportation from the city to the Grand Canyon Airport. Those helicopters taking flight from the city will often arrive at the West Rim, where visitors, depending on the package, may have a bit of ground time to tour the surrounding area, including the sensational Skywalk. Grand Canyon Airport helicopter tours originating in Vegas will include some type of transportation, such as shuttle bus or a fixed wing aircraft, and these tours will generally encompass the South Rim of the Canyon.
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