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5 Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Buying Tips


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5 Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Buying Tips

Author : Lea Fallon   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-06 15:45:49    Word Count : 522    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   grand canyon, helicopter, tours, flights, las vegas, national parks, tips, reviews, deals, travel

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You should make 2014 the year you take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Here are a few things you should know about these fun Grand Canyon tours.

Air Tours From Vegas

The first tip is that helicopters from Las Vegas only fly to the West Rim. I get phone calls every day asking about flights to the South Rim. The South Rim is too far for a chopper but you can go by plane and get there in about an hour.

Another important thing to know is helicopters can only fly to the bottom of the canyon at the West Rim. This is prohibited at the South Rim. So if you want to take an air tour that includes a fun adventure on the canyon floor, you have to go to the West Rim out of Vegas.

Here's another one for you: Helicopters only hold six people plus the pilot. If you're group exceeds six people, you'll be divided amongst aircraft. If you all want to stay together, you should take a tour by airplane instead. Planes can easily hold up to 19 people and thus all the people in your party can fly together.

About The Window Seats

Most everyone wants to know if they can book a window seat. Folks, seating is assigned based on the overall weight of passengers on the flight manifest. In other words, there's no way to guarantee seating. Still, when you book your tour online, you can choose the option of taking a window seat. It is no guarantee, but if possible, you will get the window seat and if not, you will not pay the extra fee.

So that covers four important things you should know about Grand Canyon helicopters. Another big tip is to upgrade to a tour in an EcoStar 130. Yes, I know they are more expensive but these choppers are the kings of the sky. These helicopters offer superior viewing from their large wraparound windows and they are very comfortable with their large cabins and stadium style seats.

Before I wrap, a couple of words about bookings. First and foremost, please book your tour in advance. During holidays, helicopters can be sold out for days. Rule of thumb is to get your flight situated at least a week ahead of time. You want to purchase your tour online too. You get the best rate when you buy online.

Cold Weather

And do understand that it's cold out here in the southwest despite the fact that Las Vegas sits in a desert. So wear a heavy jacket, gloves and a hat, plus long pants and enclosed shoes. The best option is to dress in layers so you can peel off some clothes if the temperatures warm up during the day.

Hopefully these tips answer your questions about Grand Canyon air tours. Many people wonder about the details of these tours too. By learning about what to expect, you can pick the best air tour for you. And most importantly, do the booking online. Not only will you save money but it's really convenient (and secure!)

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Ready to fly Grand Canyon? This travel writer recommends going here for more information about helicopter rides: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopter.org/ And here for discounts on these terrific flights: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopter.org/grand-canyon-helicopter-tour-coupons.html

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