Thursday, 13 June 2013 18:36

Father's Day Is Almost Here So How About Treating Dad To A Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride?

Sunday, June 16th, is Father's Day and it's almost here. A fantastic way to celebrate is to treat dad to a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon that departs from Tusayan, Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park Airport, or from an airfield in Vegas. These flights have always been a hit with Dads, and you'll need to book one quickly before they sell out. All flights are running on their regular schedules, including early morning and sunset tours. South Rim Helicopter Tours  South Rim
Grand Canyon helicopters come in two versions: 30-minute and 50-minute flights. I strongly urge you to consider the longer flight. I also recommend upgrading either tour to the deluxe version, especially since you'll be flying for Father's Day. The deluxe tours use top of the line EcoStar 130 helicopters that offer the ultimate in comfort. This is why they are so awesome:

180-degree wraparound windshield for great sightseeing
More personal space because of the larger cabin Stadium-style seating with all seats facing forward
The EcoStar flight of the South Rim covers about three-fourths of the entire National Park

You can opt for an air-only helicopter tour or add on a ground experience. You can choose an amazing Jeep Safari that lets you experience the canyon up close and then enjoy watching the sun set over the canyon rim. You can only take this tour in late afternoon.

Las Vegas Chopper Tours Of The Grand Canyon

If you depart from Las Vegas, you can catch your chopper at a heliport in Boulder City, Henderson, or the Vegas Strip. Choosing a tour that takes off from a suburban heliport is less costly. You can also choose air-only or landing tours when you leave from Vegas.

The deluxe version is the best option when it comes to air-only tours. Why? Because these air tours use the best choppers, the EcoStar 130. Also, you might get some extra air time, depending upon your tour operator.

Every flight soars over majestic Hoover Dam and scenic Lake Mead before entering Grand Canyon West's airspace. Your air-only tour also flies over the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk and the Colorado River before it circles back to Vegas.

If you can, take a landing tour instead. One of them flies you down to the bottom of the canyon where you can enjoy a scenic champagne brunch or lunch. Another fun option is a smooth water float trip down the Colorado River.

You can also opt for a landing tour that drops you off on top of them rim so you can explore for about 2 hours. You will want to visit Guano Point and Eagle Point, but be sure to visit the glass Skywalk. The bridge is an experience not to be missed since it lets you stand on a glass floor 4000 feet above the bottom of the canyon, and 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim!

Booking Your Trip

Forget about getting your seats on sites like Priceline, Viator, or Expedia. Because of the fees these sites add, booking through one of them will cost you extra. Instead, go to the tour operator's official website to get your tickets. As long as you complete your purchase on the site, you can save up to 30% off retail!

To Recap

Dad's Day is almost here, and it's the perfect occasion for a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. It's a terrific experience that Dad won't soon forget.

If you can, opt for the deluxe tours. Buy your tickets soon, because these tours are very popular on special occasions and they sell out quickly. Save money by using the discounted Internet rate on the tour operator's site. Keep in mind, you have to complete your transaction online to get the steepest discount.

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