Las Vegas' Most Popular Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour By: Keith Kravitz Travelling to Vegas and would like to experience the magnificence of the Grand Canyon? Have I got the heli ride just for you. It lands in the bottom of the West Rim and features a Champagne picnic. This is the most breathtaking way to enjoy the canyon. And the most in-demand. RSVP this trip now and lock down seats before they sell out. This heli tour leaves daily and takes less than an hour to cover the 120 miles of Mojave Desert that stands between Sin city from Grand Canyon West. En route, you'll fly over Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir, and Hoover Dam, the second largest dam in the country. You will be in canyon country after the chopper crests Grand Cliffs Wash. It's really a triumphant moment. Here you drop into the western-most portion of the canyon and commence the 4,000- foot descent to the bottom. My digital slr was working overtime at this point as our heli flew between buttes, escarpments, plateaus and escarpments. I could not take my finger away from the button. The scene from the chopper window was gorgeous and surreal. Not everyone gets this chance as flying beneath the rim is only authorized at the West Rim. Our chopper settled on a dirt landing pad that was positioned about 100 yards from the banks of the Colorado River. We deplaned, covered our heads and walked up to a authentic Indian Ramada. Our picnic of bread, cheese, fruit and other delicious finger-foods was waiting. I skipped breakfast and was starving. Our Champagne flutes were filled. One British gentleman made a wonderful toast. I followed a path to the banks of the river. There were many kinds of cactus. I didn't expect this. The trail cut through a forest of Salt Cedar and chirping birds. I could hear the river and my heart raced. I bounded out of the vegetation and here it was. The mighty Colorado River. The force that runs 277 miles through the National Park, eroding the canyon ever deeper to this very day. From the bottom, you get first-hand experience of just how sheer the canyon's cliffs are. They tower above you for nearly a mile. Endangered California Condors soared over us on invisible vortexes. Clouds flowed from one side of the gap to the other. I considered taking the boat tour but passed. I had plans to see Jersey Boys this evening and couldn't tarry. I made a mental note to myself to do it the next occasion. Our group loaded back into the heli. I got fortunate and got the front seat. This is a big deal because our heli was an EcoStar 130. It boasts 180-degree wraparound windshields and theater-style seating. These machines are quiet, extremely fast and offer one of the smoothest flights you'll ever take. Plus the flooring below my feet was clear. I felt like I was piloting the aircraft as we lifted out of the canyon and made our way back to Vegas. I strongly suggest that you purchase this heli flight beforehand. There's a limited number of choppers and each one seats just six people. During spring and summer these flights are full. I've seen people turn up at the terminal on stand-by and then leave empty-handed. Further, pick the tour on the web. Doing this can trim the retail price by 25 percent! The #1 Vegas helicopter tour? The West Rim Champagne Picnic! This flight has a number of names but they all do the same thing: Fly to the bottom part of the Grand Canyon for a Champagne brunch. It's a breathtaking excursion and one that can ONLY be done from Sin City. It's a very exclusive flight. Be sure you don't leave Las Vegas without having done it. About The Author: Mr. Kravitz is a travel writer who rates and ranks Grand Canyon tours. His latest reviews of the Top 3 Grand Canyon helicopter tours is now live. Read it if you want safe, quality flights at the lowest prices possible: http://www.grandcanyonhelicoptertourreviews.com Article Source: www.isnare.com
Published on Nov 24, 2011
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