Las Vegas is a fantastic vacation destination for a summer getaway. The city is filled with non-stop excitement, and not only that, you are just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Grand Canyon, which you can tour by helicopter.
Let me explain why Grand Canyon helicopter tours are such a great experience.
Believe it or not, the Las Vegas is 120 miles away from the West Rim, so it isn’t very far at all. It’s only about a 45-minute chopper flight away. The flight there is pretty exciting too because you fly over Hoover Dam, Grand Cliffs Wash, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River.
Lift Off Points
Vegas-based travelers have two choices for take-off spots: Boulder City (a suburb of Las Vegas) or the Strip. It takes around 40 minutes to make the ride to the Boulder City terminal, so since that’s one reason those tours cost less.
The Strip is in the heart of Vegas and much more convenient, plus you are transported to your chopper in a limo rather than a shuttle van. Not only that, these Las Vegas helicopters fly over the Strip on the return leg of your tour, so you get an aerial view of the massive resorts in Vegas. In my opinion, riding in a limo and taking off from the Strip is the best way to treat yourself, especially if you’re celebrating something special.
You also get to choose between a landing tour and an air-only tour. They both follow the same flight path, the only difference is the landing tours drop you off at the canyon. The air tours circle the area and head on back to Vegas. The landing tours on the other hand, set down on the canyon bottom or top of the rim.
About Grand Canyon Landing Tours
The most popular tours, and the ones that sell out quickly, are the ones that fly to the bottom of the canyon to land. A fun tour is one that comes with a Champagne picnic on the canyon floor. You can also upgrade your tour to include two fun activities: a float trip along the Colorado River and a flight to the top of the rim along with VIP access to the amazing Skywalk. They all sell out quickly so book your tour well in advance.
One of the tours to the Grand Canyon that land on top of the rim allows you 2 1/2 hours to explore the area on your own. You’ll have plenty of time to check out highlights like Hualapai Ranch, Eagle Point and Guano Point. You can choose a similar tour package that gives you the exploration time but also includes tickets to the Skywalk. Don’t miss the Skywalk if you are brave, you can stand on a glass panel 4000 feet over the canyon floor and 70 feet beyond the rim!
Tours on Grand Canyon helicopters come in two main flavors: basic and deluxe. The deluxe tour Grand Canyon costs more, but it is worth it because you get to take off from a inconvenient location on the Strip, get a limo ride, and you get to view the Strip from the air. And I haven’t even mentioned that deluxe air tours all use EcoStar 130 aircraft. These choppers are ideal for sightseeing because they offer plenty of personal space, stadium-style seats, and a massive wraparound windshield for unobstructed scenic views.
These fun-filled Las Vegas tours operate every day of the year as long as the weather is permitting. You can choose an air-only tour if you want, but the landing tours are a lot more fun because they are more comprehensive. Consider upgrading your tour to the deluxe version so you can treat yourself to a limo ride and tour in a luxury EcoStar 130 helicopter. Don’t forget to book your tour in advance, these popular tours fill up quickly in the summer.