By: Lea Fallon

Are you thinking of heading to Las Vegas for a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? You won’t find a better adventure, but even so, there are some things you can do to make sure that your trip goes ahead smoothly and according to plan. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, I’ve put together these 5 simple tips that you can follow when you’re organizing your next vacation. 

#1 Book Early 

It goes without saying that you should book in advance, but when it comes to Canyon tours, this might be even earlier than you’re used to. I recommend at least two weeks in advance, because air tours are some of the most popular tour packages in the region. Booking early will also ensure that you don’t experience any price changes at the last minute. 

#2 Book Online 

Booking online makes things simple, and also ensures that your seats are secure. Also, booking online will get you the best rates, as you don’t need to worry about any additional booking fees or commissions from travel agents. To be eligible for the online discount, you will have to complete the purchase with your credit card. 

#3 Book A Deluxe Tour 

Deluxe tours cost a little more, but they provide exceptional value, and the best touring experience that is available from Vegas. Deluxe tours provide a complimentary limousine service, which adds the VIP touch that is missing from the basic tours. Deluxe also gets you tickets to a newer and more exclusive helicopter. This helicopter is the EcoStar 130. It is larger than the Bell Ranger helicopters used on basic tours, and it has a bigger, 180 degree front facing window. It also has large stadium style seats, a quieter cabin, and more cabin room. Deluxe tours also include a Las Vegas Strip tour, which will take you on a flyby journey over all of the famous attractions on the strip. When you choose the last tour of the day, this is an especially exciting sightseeing opportunity. 

#4 Choose A Landing Tour 

Want the best adventure possible? If so, a landing tour is the way to go. A landing tour gets you closer to all of the action. When you fly from Vegas to the West Rim, you can choose to land at either the top or the bottom of the Canyon. This opens up some other touring options, such as the Skywalk, or a Colorado River tour. When you land at the National Park, you also get a chance to explore all of the hiking trails in the area. 

#5 Dress For The Weather 

Helicopters use climate control, so you will need a light sweater for flying. On a landing tour, check out the weather beforehand. It can get chilly at the Canyon during the winter, and can be extremely hot over summer. Always dress appropriately, and pack some snacks and drinks if you will be exiting the helicopter. 


I hope these tips were helpful as you plan your Grand Canyon heli ride. Keep in mind that we are in the summer travel season. Thus these flights are subject to quickly selling out. My recommendation here is to always book in advance – like right after you book your hotel room. And do the booking online. That way you’ll get the best trip at the lowest price possible.

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