Las Vegas Helicopters – Fast, Easy Flights To The Grand Canyon-vidown

Travel-and-Leisure Las Vegas helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon are getting rave reviews from travelers. They’re quick, .fortable, and safe. And, if you book online, they can be downright inexpensive. Many people don’t realize that the West Rim is a mere 120 miles from Las Vegas. That’s a 45-minute helicopter ride. The South Rim, on the other hand, is more than 270 miles away from Las Vegas. There are no direct helicopter flights to it. You must take a 45-minute airplane flight, and then change over to a helicopter. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll see when sightseeing these rims by helicopter: West Rim This rim is great for visitors who have just a half-day or less to spare. A standard air tour takes 3.5 hours and includes free hotel shuttle service. The longest trip clocks in at 6.5 hours. If you fly in the morning, you’ll be back on The Strip in time for dinner and a show. The only place in the Grand Canyon where you can fly to the bottom is the West Rim. The 4,000-foot descent is a breathtaking experience, putting you face to face with some of the Earth’s oldest exposed crust before landing at the base of the canyon. This tour includes a Champagne toast and light snack. If you really want to go for it, bundle a Colorado River float ride into you package. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is the rim’s most-famous attraction. The "Glass Bridge" takes you 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and lifts you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The bridge is made up of panels of "super glass" that cost $250,000 each. It’s a true engineering marvel, and is able to withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes and 100 MPH plus winds. South Rim Noted earlier, to do this rim by helicopter, you need to first take a 45-minute airplane ride. It’s a good thing because the plane follows the Colorado River to Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, AZ. Translation: You see almost 75% of the canyon. This is an incredible helicopter flight. The heliport at Grand Canyon Airport is elaborate for the size of the facility. Take off is done at 200 MPH and starts above the Kaibab Plateau. The rim will drop off as you enter real Grand Canyon airspace and head into the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest part of the entire canyon. The flight reaches the isolated North Rim before returning to the heliport. The in-flight time is 30 minutes, and you’ll see in half an hour what would take days on the ground. Flying below the rim and to the bottom is strictly prohibited. .fort Las Vegas-based helicopter tour operators fly the EcoStar 130 aircraft. These helis are built from the ground up for sightseeing. Cabin size is 25% larger than that of ordinary helicopters. Grand Canyon temperatures can be extreme, but are no match for the EcoStar’s climate-control system. Stadium seating, a configuration where seats are tiered and face forward, is standard. These aircraft incorporate the Fenestron tail rotor, which reduces noise by 50%. For South Rim travelers, fixed-wing aircraft handles the airplane segment of your trip. Papillon, for instance, flies the Vistaliner, a plane customized with over-sized windows and plush seats. Like helicopters, the Vistaliner is quiet, climate-controlled, and streamlined for a smooth ride. Price The largest helicopter .panies in the U.S. operate in Las Vegas, including Papillon, Maverick, and Sundance. This means there are plenty of tours to the Grand Canyon West and the South Rim from which to choose. The market is .petitive, too, and you are bound to find some great deals, especially online. My research shows that Papillon Helicopters is clearly the low-cost leader, with Maverick and Sundance servicing the high-end, luxury tour market. Using Papillon’s prices as the benchmark, expect to pay between $200 and $435 or more per person depending on how you upgrade your tour package (e.g. bottom descent, Skywalk, river rafting). For the best deal, I strongly suggest you book in advance on the Internet. Papillon, for example, has specials that let you take up to 35% off. Summary Las Vegas helicopters are a quick and satisfying way to visit the Grand Canyon. Flights take 45 minutes by heli to Grand Canyon West; the South Rim requires a 45-minute airplane flight before you transfer to your helicopter. Expect to spend a half-day on these trips. The planes flown on these trips are well-appointed and .fortable. Prices for West Rim and South Rim air tours are similar, but Papillon Helicopter’s trips are the most economical, especially if purchased on the .pany’s website. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: