Las Vegasâ€™ #1 Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour By Keith Kravitz | http://www.lasvegashelicopters.org
Traveling to Vegas and want to experience the magnificence of the Grand Canyon? Have I got the chopper ride for you. It lands in the bottom of the West Rim and features a Champagne picnic. This can be a most amazing way to enjoy the canyon. And the most in-demand. RSVP this flight now and lock down seats before they sell out. This heli tour departs daily and takes less than an hour to cover the 120 miles of Mojave Desert that stands between Vegas from Grand Canyon West. On the way, you'll fly over Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir, and Hoover Dam, the second biggest dam in the country. You will be in canyon country as soon as the chopper crests Grand Cliffs Wash. It's a triumphant moment. Here you drop into the western-most portion of the canyon and start the 4,000- foot descent to the bottom. My digital slr was operating overtime at this point as our helicopter flew between buttes, escarpments, plateaus and escarpments. I couldn't take my finger away from the button. The scene out the chopper window was stunning and surreal. Not everybody gets this chance as flying beneath the rim is only allowed at the West Rim. Our heli settled on a dirt landing pad that was based about 100 yards from the banks of the Colorado River. We deplaned, covered our heads and walked over to a real Indian Ramada. Our picnic of bread, cheese, fruit and other delicious finger-foods was waiting. I skipped breakfast and was famished. Our Champagne flutes were filled. One British gentleman made a wonderful toast. I walked a trail to the edge of the river. There were many types of cactus. I did not 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 Grand Canyon National Park, cutting 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 rise above you for nearly one mile. Condors soared above us on vortexes. Clouds flowed from one side of the gap to the other. I considered taking the boat tour but passed. I had evening reservations for the Jersey Boys and knew I had to stay on point. I made a note to myself to do it next time. Our group loaded back into the helicopter. I got fortunate and got the front seat. This is a big deal because our heli was an EcoStar 130. It features 180-degree wraparound
windshields and theater-style seating. These machines are quiet, 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 highly recommend that you purchase this chopper tourin advance. 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 leave emptyhanded. Further, buy the tour on the internet. Doing this can reduce the list price by 25 percent! The #1 Las Vegas helicopter tour? The West Rim Champagne Picnic! This flight has a number of names but they all do exactly the same thing: Fly to the base of the Grand Canyon for a Champagne brunch. It's a spectacular trip and one that can ONLY be done from Vegas. It's a very one of a kind flight. Be sure you don't leave Las Vegas without having done it.