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Fantastic Las Vegas Grand Canyon National Park Heli Travels On Memorial Day

By Ione Mahler

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means that it's time to start planning an unforgettable vacation. Around this time of year, the Grand Canyon will be looking awesome, and if you want to get out there, you can take helicopter tours from the nearby city of Las Vegas. Helicopters operate every day from dawn until dusk, and you'll just need to know what's on offer, and all the small tricks to help make sure you don't miss out on a booking.

Making Your Booking

You can use your credit card and book your helicopter tour online for the most convenience. This also ensures you'll get the lowest price on your tour, and it instantly locks in your seats. Just be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your tour departs and bring a photo ID and you'll be all set for your adventure.

Vegas Tours

The Vegas tour to the West Rim will fly you over the Boulder Dam and Lake Mead, before reaching the Canyon for a scenic flyover. There are landing flights available, and these are the ones that I recommend so that you can get the most out of your tour.

When you book a landing tour, you can choose to land on the Canyon floor or on top of the rim. Landing on top of the rim puts you close to many scenic walking trails and the famous Skywalk viewing platform. Be sure to add Skywalk tickets to your tour so you can stand on the glass platform and peer down to the Canyon floor 4000 feet below you.

Bottom landing tours are just as exciting, and many people prefer them. You can purchase a ticket that sets you down next to the Colorado River, where you can enjoy a champagne picnic, and even add a Colorado boat trip onto your adventure.

If you've got plenty of time and your budget will allow for it, you can choose to check out the top and bottom of the Canyon.

Tours Of The South Rim

Helicopters don't fly from Vegas to the South Rim because it's too far, however, you can get to the South Rim by airplane in about an hour, and then you can begin your helicopter tour in Tusayan, Arizona, which is just outside the main gates of the National Park. From there, you can choose from two helicopter tours. The shorter tour is one that goes to the North Rim, and back to the South. Then there is a longer tour that is definitely recommended even though it does cost more. It covers the same route but also adds in some extra flying time to the eastern areas of the park. It gives you 50 minutes of air time and covers 75 percent of the National Park. If you love sightseeing, then the longer tour is for you.

Basic vs Deluxe Tours

The basic tours come with transportation in a shuttle van and a flight on the Bell Ranger helicopter. The choppers lift off from a helipad in Boulder City, which is a suburb of Vegas. The deluxe tours offer a VIP experience because they transport you in a limo to and from your hotel, and the helicopters lift off from the Vegas Strip. However, the best thing about taking a deluxe tour is the helicopter that's used for the flight. You'll get to experience flying on an EcoStar 130 chopper, which has a massive panoramic viewing window, large cabin, and comfy stadium-style seats that offer unobstructed views no matter where you sit. It is worth paying the extra cost for a deluxe upgrade because of the perks and excellent viewing on your tour.

Because this is one of the hottest times of the year, especially at the West Rim, you'll need to come prepared with light clothing, sun block, some snacks, and plenty of bottled water. Because these tours are hugely popular, you'll also need to book early. I recommend doing this at least two weeks before the date you intend to fly.


Keep the advice above in mind as you plan your Memorial Day tour so you have the best time at a price that fits your budget. Just be sure to buy your tour in advance online so it won't be sold out. If you leave it too close to the day you intend to fly, you will end up paying a premium for your tickets.

Remember to prepare with everything that you need for a day trip, and you'll be ready for a scenic adventure like nothing else in the United States.

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