Las Vegas Helicopters Are A Terrific Way To See The Grand Canyon

Las Vegas Helicopters Are A Terrific Way To See The Grand Canyon

Personally, I think the best way to see the canyon’s true majesty is from the air. Grand Canyon flights are exciting, and you just can’t beat the views! Las Vegas helicopters fly to the canyon 365 days a year, holidays included. Here’s some info about what to expect with one of these tours:

First off, Las Vegas is a great starting point for Grand Canyon helicopter tours. The selection is amazing, seats are fairly easy to get (more on that later), the value is high and the prices are reasonable. Many of the packages for Las Vegas helicopters come with free Strip hotel pickup and drop-off, either in a shuttle bus or an actual limo.

If your budget permits, I recommend checking out the upgrades and VIP packages that are being offered. Several things make upgrading worthwhile, at least for me. I think getting more time in the air is the biggest benefit, but the type of chopper the deluxe tours use runs a close second. Almost all upgraded tours use EcoStar 130 helicopters. Here’s what makes that important:

  • Stadium-style seating with all seats facing forward
  • Superior climate control, whether you need heat or air
  • A panoramic, 180-degree wraparound windshield for superb visibility
  • A cabin 25% larger than those in other choppers

Most Las Vegas helicopters take off from nearby airfields at Henderson or Boulder City. Tours beginning there are usually priced lower than the Grand Canyon flights that leave from terminals right on the Strip. Most of those are sunset flights or ‘copter rides over the Strip, and they’re generally more expensive than flights from the Vegas suburbs.

The Sights

Vegas helicopters only fly to the West Rim (the South Rim is too far). They all fly over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead before arriving at Grand Canyon West. Air-only flights show you the Rim itself, the Grand Canyon Skywalk and the Colorado River. Landing tours set down on the canyon floor for a champagne picnic, or stay on top so you can explore Rim highlights like Eagle Point and Guano Point.

Booking

Always book your tours online, directly from the tour company’s website. That’s where you’ll always find the best rates. Avoid buying through middlemen sites like Expedia, Viator or Priceline because they’ll tack on a fee.

The tour companies own and run the tours, and they offer the best discounts. Make sure you complete your transaction on the online booking form; if you do you’ll qualify for a great Internet discount, but if you don’t you’ll pay full price.

Wrapping Up

Grand Canyon flights from Las Vegas are a terrific way to see the sights. All of these choppers head for Grand Canyon West, but there are some fabulous air-only and landing tours from which to choose. I like landing tours best because you get a more comprehensive canyon experience. Helicopter tours are popular and seats sell out fast, so book your flight at least a week ahead.

Finally, buy your tickets online, direct from the tour company. You can save a ton of cash that way as long as you complete your purchase on their website: that way you’ll qualify for the special Internet rate.