Information About Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tours By Marc Gaspian | http://www.grandcanyonhelicoptertours.org Were you aware that a round-trip helicopter flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon's West is only three hours? And, if you wish to plant your feet on the bottom of the Canyon, it's only an extra 30 minutes? That's remarkable. Especially since it takes nearly five hours to the Rim and back by motor coach. Now, because of helicopter tours, the time-strapped traveler can see Grand Canyon West and get back to Las Vegas with plenty of time to spare. It's also the ideal trip for visitors who are searching for a fast and simple tour. The biggest helicopter tour operators in the U.S. call Las Vegas home, including Papillon, Maverick, Grand Canyon helicopters, and Sundance. This is great news for travelers: Tours are inexpensive as these companies fight to compete for your travel dollar (or Mark, Yen, Euro, or Pound). Grand Canyon West air tours start at $220, departing from the Las Vegas area and flying over Lake Mead (the biggest reservoir in United States), historic Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano, and the West Rim before returning to the Las Vegas Strip. The great thing about Grand Canyon West helicopter flights are the upgrades. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a Canyon descent, pontoon river rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours and kayaking. The most popular add-on is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, literally a glass bridge that extends 70 feet over the lip of the rim, suspending you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Additionally, you can upgrade a regular helicopter to an EcoStar, which is comes with a bigger, quieter cabin, large wraparound windows, a two-way digital communication system (talk to the pilot, other guests), and stadium-style seating that lets everyone get the "best view in the house." And, if you would like the helicopter just for you your group, charter a helicopter, which includes picking your departure time as well as flight route. Almost all Las Vegas helicopter tour packages include hotel pick-up and drop-off. If you are doing a combo or upgrade package, lunch or champagne brunch is included. Departures are from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport or from Boulder City's, which is located just east of Henderson, NV.
In addition to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, your heli tour will incorporate outstanding views of Joshua Tree forest, buttes, spires, red rock formations, giant boulders, sheer cliffs, and the roaring Colorado River. Remember to bring a spare, charged battery for your camera or camcorder - there's lots of picture-taking opportunities. Located a short 120 miles east from town, the Rim is easily accessible by bus, helicopter, and airplane. Travel company competition keeps prices low for travelers who enjoy the spectacle that only an air tour delivers. These tours are also perfect for visitors who have limited time to sightsee, or simply like the rush of flying. If you are visiting Vegas, definitely consider including a helicopter ride to the West Rim. It'll be the highlight of one's trip. #30#