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How can you do the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon in two hours? Take a helicopter tour. Quickly becoming Sin City’s most popular excursion, this trip lets you do these landmarks faster than a dinner buffet.
This trip rockets out of the Las Vegas area and reaches Grand Canyon West in 45 minutes.
1. Eagle and Guano Points. These are the two main landmarks at Grand Canyon West. Eagle Point, when viewed directly, looks exactly like the national bird. Guano Point harbors the original mining structures used to harvest guano from the cliff side.
2. The Grand Canyon Skywalk. More than 200,000 people a year visit the Glass Bridge. The structure, which is comprised of glass panels that cost $250,000 each, extends 70 feet past the edge and lifts you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
3, The Colorado River. This is the waterway that formed the 277 mile long canyon. Scientists estimate that it took 3 to 6 million years to do it. The river flows west at four miles an hour and averages 300 feet in width and 100 feet in depth.
This trip’s popular upgrade is a flight to the bottom of the canyon. Visitors say the highlight is the 4,000 foot descent, which starts by dropping in over the West Rim, and then “canyon carving” among the buttes, spires, and ravines before touching down on a private landing pad for a Champagne picnic near the Colorado River.
Flights depart year round from the Las Vegas area. Trips include free hotel shuttle service. The upgraded trip to the bottom includes a meal. Most trips use the EcoStar 130, a fantastic aircraft featuring stadium style seating, wraparound windows, and silent ride rotor technology.
If you want the lowest price on these tours, book them online via the tour operator’s website. I’ve seen deals where the operator knocks as much as 35% off the retail price. There’s usually an additional 10% discount for small groups of 10 or more people.
When you get to Las Vegas, I suggest you confirm your reservation. Further, consider booking a morning flight for best visibility; it’s also a good decision in the event your flight needs to be rescheduled due to weather conditions. If you want to see The Strip’s lights, take a late afternoon departure.
Most travelers are unaware of the fact that you can’t choose where you sit on a helicopter flight. This is determined by weight, which must be distributed equally about the aircraft. No need to be concerned about weigh in: You information is only seen by the check in clerk and kept confidential.
I also advise visitors not to glue themselves to their camera or camcorder. You’ll miss too much of the flight. Understand that these helicopters are fitted with on board video cameras that film your flight and make it available for sale on DVD.
Las Vegas helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon are your best bet for seeing The Strip and the Grand Canyon in less than two hours. Four the adventurous, upgrade your package to include the 4,000 foot descent with Champagne picnic on the bottom. Either way, this air tour is a win win, delivering in one fell swoop the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon, two of the nation’s most famous landmarks.