Touring The West Rim
The West Rim is closest to Las Vegas, being just 125 miles from the city. It takes around 30-45 minutes to get out there by helicopter. The South Rim is further out, and helicopters won't fly there, but you can take a direct flight to Arizona, which only takes one hour.
West Rim tours are available as flyover tours only and as landing tours where you can spend some time exploring the Canyon from the ground. The landing tours are highly recommended because you can add on exciting adventures to your tour package. There are a couple of types of landing tours. One type of landing tour sets down on top of the Canyon where you can hike on scenic trails and visit the Skywalk, another tour sets down on the Canyon floor where you can enjoy a picnic by the Colorado River and then take a boat tour. It's even possible to combine the tours so you can experience the Canyon from different perspectives and fill your day with many fun adventures.
The Skywalk is a thrilling experience, so you don't want to miss the chance to try it when you go to the West Rim. It is a massive glass platform that hangs beyond the edge of the rim so you can look down to the Canyon floor. It's exhilarating to stand 4000 feet above the bottom of the Canyon, and you'll have an impressive view. There is a photographer located on the Skywalk, so you can have your photo taken as a souvenir of your thrilling experience.
South Rim Tours
If you do take a plane to the South Rim, you can still enjoy a helicopter ride when you get there. In my opinion you should choose the longest ride at the South Rim, it is 50 minutes, and goes to the North Rim and eastern boundary of the park. If you want to save a little but still experience a South Rim helicopter tour, then take the 30 minute tour which only includes the South and North Rim.
The Deluxe Upgrade
There are basic and deluxe tours available, but if you want to make the trip extra special, then deluxe is the way to go. Some perks include a limousine shuttle service, better seats in the helicopters, spacious cabins, a smoother ride, a quieter cabin, and most importantly-a huge 180 degree panoramic windshield. This is possible thanks to the EcoStar 130 helicopter, which is used for all deluxe tours.
Spring Weather At The Canyon
Temperatures at the Canyon are normally mild in the spring, but since the weather can be hard to predict, you may want to wear long pants, a jacket, gloves, and a scarf. Chilly days are still possible, and you want to be comfortable if you take a landing tour.
A final word of advice-make sure you book soon. I recommend booking as far ahead as possible, because this will ensure that you can secure your seats. To do this, book online, and use your credit card so that everything is finalized in the booking. Another advantage of booking online, is that you get the best prices, with no additional hidden fees.
The good thing about taking a Canyon tour out of Vegas is that you have so many options it makes it easy to find a tour that fits your budget and interests. Book your tour soon, and you'll have a Spring Break experience you'll always remember by having an exciting adventure at one of the most popular parks in America.
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