Grand Canyon helicopter tour departing Las Vegas
If there is something I always do when I am in Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon Helicopter tour
. The investment really worth as the Canyon's unforgettable and breathtaking images will never be deleted from my memories. The Grand Canyon Helicopter tour is something unique, that you cannot compare with any other activity offered in Las Vegas. In this blog post, I will write everything about the Grand Canyon Helicopter tour departing from Las Vegas and everything included in this tour. You will be a very privileged person because watching the Grand Canyon from the heights is one of those indisputable emotions that a traveler experience provides. And for those going to Las Vegas, there's nothing like a few days in the funniest city in the world, with a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon West to complete your stay. A tour full of interesting sights and amazing views to get photos of the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.
Top Grand Canyon helicopter tours
This is a list of recommended helicopter tours to Grand Canyon, however you can check the complete variety of tours visiting the travel guide listed below.
Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Sunset Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Sunset Helicopter Tour
This is a selection based on what I and my friends like to do. As you can see, there are a lot of options you can have on your Grand Canyon helicopter tour, including tickets to the Skywalk, a boat tour on Colorado River, lunch included, Eagle Point Indian Village.Check all Grand Canyon helicopter tours here!
What is the best time?
The Grand Canyon helicopter ride departing from Las Vegas is available in the morning, mid-day, and late afternoon. As the nights in Las Vegas are more fun than the mornings and we knew that the photos of the Grand Canyon in the mid-day looks beautiful and without shade, we opted for the mid-morning tour. Actually, I think that afternoon can give you very special views as well especially if you get a clear sky and the sunset. Get your camera ready and with the memory card totally empty.
- If you use to enjoy the nightlife in Las Vegas (nightclubs, Vegas shows, casino) you'd probably pick the mid-day or the afternoon tour because for the morning you will have to wake up too early.
- The afternoon tour could be very crowded, though, because there are a lot of tourists interested in this time to see the beautiful sunset of Grand Canyon and also when returning to Las Vegas. As nothing is good as it seems, the afternoon tour is a little more expensive than the morning tour, but I believe it worth the investment because if the weather is playing in favor, you will get amazing pictures, especially if you are a professional photographer looking for nature pictures.
Which Grand Canyon tour is the best?
There are a lot of companies offering helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon (Maverick, Papillon, 5-Star, All-American and more), and some different types of tours available including Skywalk access, boat ride, lunch, champagne, breakfast, and many more. You can pick the tour by comparing the tour prices and read the client's reviews available. You can also select a tour based in the extras offered. There are very good companies offering the Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Some of the tours lands in Indian territory to fuel and others fly direct to Grand Canyon. The direct flight is more expensive.
When you land, some tours offer an entrance on the skywalk, which is a glass walkway that covers a small piece of one of the canyons. After researching we thought it was a good idea to give us another perspective of this place. Other tours are truly a package including skywalk, boat ride, lunch. There is also a package for a wedding in Grand Canyon. In a few words: there's something for everyone.
Another interesting tour option combines a flight to the South Rim (the most beautiful and famous part of the Grand Canyon) with a Helicopter flight over there and a shuttle tour through the park's most beautiful viewpoints. For those who do not have the chance to explore the South Rim by car, it is a good opportunity to do it through a guided tour.Check all Grand Canyon helicopter tours here!
What do you need to know before doing this tour?
Grand Canyon helicopter tour departs from Las Vegas and flight over Grand Canyon West, which is the part of the Grand Canyon that is under the Indian administration. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon (South Rim) is part of the park and can not be flown.
How much costs a Grand Canyon helicopter tour?Grand Canyon Helicopter tour price
: The tours are expensive and you will find costs since U$400 per person, but if this is your first time in the area and you will not get a chance to visit the South Rim, do not think twice. It's worth it!
We enjoyed the tour with All-American helicopter (suggested by some readers of my blog) and we loved every second of this amazing experience. The helicopters are modern with the front windows all glass. The flight is super smooth, and the pilot and all the staff in the office were very friendly.
You can get beautiful pictures during the whole way, but it is recommended that you pay attention in a first way (from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon) or, in case of a flight with a stop, the last way (from the gas station to Las Vegas) is also very beautiful. The traject from Grand Canyon to the gas station is the shortest.Check all Grand Canyon helicopter tours here!
Departing from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
The helicopter departs from Las Vegas airport or other areas (depending on the company you choose) and starts flying very low in a panoramic flight of Las Vegas and soon gain altitude. Then the helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, the Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano) and arrives at the Grand Canyon West where it stops by the river.
The arrival at Grand Canyon West
Arriving in the Canyon in the winter, you'd better prepare for cold temperatures and if you are doing the tour in the summer, hat and sunscreen are recommended. After photographing everything that you wanted, the passengers are invited to a small breakfast of muffins, pies, and champagne (nothing very special, but when it comes to the place, it gets all the better). But much more special than breakfast are the beautiful views and the landscape of the desert. Simply amazing!
Return flight to Vegas
After the breakfast and the beautiful photoshoots, it's time to continue our tour back to Las Vegas. Depending on the tour, you will make a brief stop in the middle of the desert to refuel the plane. Some tours flight direct to Vegas. You can read these details in the tour de ion. Time to cross the desert over some state parks heading to Las Vegas. The look is a bit different from the way but still very special.
Arrival in Las Vegas
Back in Las Vegas, you can easily compare the dichotomy from an arid-desert to a hyper-modern city with some of the most extravagant buildings in the United States.
Is it worth the Grand Canyon tour by helicopter?
We really enjoyed the tour and took beautiful pictures, the only regret is that the time passed so quickly that when we realized, it was time to go back to the hotel. Anyway, I highly recommend the tour. I think the experience of flying over the Grand Canyon is something unique and unforgettable!
Grand Canyon Helicopter or South Rim of the Grand Canyon?
If your question is to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or take a helicopter ride, I would stick to the south rim, which even views from the lookouts has more impressive and imposing views. You can also stay some days in cozy lodges there, which I recommend El Tovar
. Anyway, this is a must-do tour and you will love the experience.