Looking to do something fun and exciting during your Spring vacation? Try a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. These trips depart daily from Las Vegas and South Rim and deliver a Canyon experience that you’ll never forget.
There are two places from which you can do a helicopter ride: Las Vegas and South Rim. Both destinations let you fly in the morning, afternoon and at sunset. But RSVP your tour because they sell out quickly.
More specifically, I recommend you buy your tour at least two weeks in advance. That will guarantee you get seats and more importantly it guarantees you get the best seats at the best price. Avoid buying tickets in Vegas or at South Rim as you’ll always pay more.
From Vegas you can do a flyover or landing tour. Both use the same flight path, which means you’ll fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and the Canyon. Landing tours, however, will take you to the top or the bottom.
My preference is landing tours, especially the one that descends 3,500 feet to the bottom for a Champagne picnic. Lots of travelers like to upgrade this tour by adding a boat tour down the Colorado River, which I highly recommend.
If you land on top, make sure to do one that includes the fabulous Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is the all-glass bridge that lets you walk more than 75 feet over the edge until you are “floating” a whopping 4,000 feet over the bottom. I also need to point out that all Skywalk tours include a VIP ticket, which means you don’t have to wait in line because you get to skip to the top and be first.
There are no landing tours at the South Rim. Just flyovers. That’s because landing tours are banned at the South Rim by the National Park Service. As such, you must choose from 30-minute or 50-minute tours. Both go through the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest section of the Canyon.
That said, I much more prefer the 50-minute flight because it includes the South Rim, East Rim and North Rim, which when taken altogether is about 75 percent of the National Park. In fact, if you are at the Canyon and have only limited time, this is the only option I propose you take.
Basic or Deluxe
You get to choose between basic and deluxe helicopter tours from both destinations. Simply put, basic helicopter tours use the older helicopters while the deluxe tours use the new ones. Additionally, deluxe Las Vegas tours include limousine hotel transfers and an extended flight over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Indeed, deluxe costs more but in my opinion the perks make them well worth the price.
I hope this article about Grand Canyon helicopter tours for Spring visitors proved helpful. Remember, you must determine if you will take the tour from Las Vegas or South Rim and everything flows from there. Lastly, you’ve got to book these tours in advance and from my experience two weeks is best. Finally, make sure you book your tour online in order to get the Internet price, which is the absolute cheapest.