New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for an exciting getaway. A unique and thrilling way to celebrate is to go to Vegas and from there, take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
The Vegas Helicopter Tours
A helicopter flight from Vegas to the Canyon takes around 45 minutes because it’s only 120 miles away. During the flight, you’ll see Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, along with other interesting sights.
Tours from Vegas are available as air-only tours or landing tours that let you out on top of the rim or the Canyon floor. You can even book a tour that takes you to the bottom of the Canyon as well as the top of the rim during the same flight. The landing tours are very popular with visitors to the Canyon, and you should choose one of those if you can. The landing tour that you should consider is the one that descends to the Canyon floor where a Champagne picnic awaits after which you can take a boat ride along the scenic Colorado River.
Landing on top of the rim is a good choice too because you can take your pick from several scenic walking trails there or you can visit the Skywalk viewing platform. The floor of the Skywalk is made of glass so you can stand on it, 70 feet past the edge of the rim, and peer down to the Canyon floor 4000 feet below. It is an exhilarating experience, you’ll have a fantastic view, and even a great photo op.
Choosing The Deluxe Tour
The basic tour comes with shuttle service on a minibus and they use Bell Rangers on the tours. These tours lift off from Boulder City, which is a suburb of Vegas.
It’s best to book a deluxe tour if you can because it is a real VIP experience. These tours are more convenient because they take off from the Strip, and you’ll be driven to and from your hotel in a limousine. The tour even comes with an aerial view of Vegas on the return leg of your flight.
Deluxe tours all use EcoStar 130 choppers. These newer helicopters have massive windshields for panoramic views, and the roomy seats are arranged so there are no obstructed views in the cabin, plus, since the aircraft is designed for sightseeing, the flight is smooth and quiet. When you book a deluxe tour, you’ll have the best viewing opportunity possible.
When you’re choosing a flight time for your holiday tour, try to pick one that leaves in the morning or afternoon. You can avoid traffic snarls in Vegas then, and the Canyon will be less crowded.
Another tip is to book your tour for New Year’s Day. It is usually a slower day than New Year’s Eve when everyone is out looking to celebrate.
Buy Your Tour Online In Advance
You’ll need to book your tour soon since New Year’s is almost here. Right now is not too soon. The flights are popular during the holiday season and they sell out fast. Using your credit card to buy the tour online gets you the lowest price available and it ensures seats will be available on tour day.
Vegas is a popular hub for Canyon tours, so there are plenty of options to choose from. You’ll never forget your holiday tour of one of American’s most beautiful natural wonders. Vegas is so close to the Canyon, you don’t want to miss the chance to take a tour when you celebrate New Year’s in the city.