The best way to tour the Grand Canyon is from a helicopter, and you'll find lots of options in tours when you depart from Vegas. Even better, book a deluxe tour for the ultimate VIP experience when you go to the Canyon.
Flights From Vegas
Vegas offers the most popular tours, and part of that reason is that the helicopters fly to the West Rim where they are allowed to land at the Canyon. Compare that to helicopter tours of the South Rim where they are not permitted to land in that part of the National Park.
If you're looking for a fantastic tour, then you should consider the Champagne Picnic tour. It departs from Vegas, flies over the Hoover Dam, and then descends 2500 feet to the Canyon floor at the West Rim. Once you land, you'll get to enjoy a Champagne Picnic near the scenic Colorado River.
In addition, you'll have about a half an hour to explore on foot, and you can also upgrade this tour to include a boat ride on the river. If you're in the mood for a romantic tour, then be sure to schedule your flight for sunset.
The Ultimate Landing Tour
Another top tour to consider is the 4-in-1 tour of the Canyon. It also lands on the bottom of the Canyon and comes with the boat ride included in the ticket price. This tour also takes you to the top of the rim where you'll use your VIP tickets to experience the famous Skywalk viewing platform. The Skywalk is a massive glass and steel structure that allows you to walk past the rim and stand over the Canyon, and it is something you don't want to miss.
Touring The South Rim
You can't land at the South Rim, but there's still one tour there that makes the top 3 list. This is a 50-minute helicopter flight that goes from the South Rim over to the North Rim, and then over to the eastern border of the Park and back. You'll see many impressive sights, such as the deepest part of the Canyon, and in all, you'll fly over about 75 percent of the National Park. If it is more convenient for you to get to the South Rim that it is for you to go to Vegas, then you should definitely choose the 50-minute South Rim tour.
The Deluxe Tour
The Vegas deluxe helicopter tours all depart from The Strip, so that means you get a flyover of Vegas as part of your tour. Plus, you'll be treated like a VIP because you'll get complementary transportation to the helipad in a limousine.
Another good thing about deluxe tours is that they fly on superior aircraft. Deluxe tours fly on the EcoStar 130. These are state-of-the-art sightseeing helicopters that offer the best experience in the air. The cabins are roomy, and the seats are arranged stadium-style, plus, the viewing window provides panoramic views as it wraps around the aircraft. The EcoStar is quieter too, so you'll be able to enjoy your ride in comfort.
As you can imagine, these deluxe tours are popular, so they sell out fast. For that reason, you want to buy your tour ahead of time so it isn't full. Try for at least one week in advance, and do all you can to avoid a last minute booking. If you wait too long, the tour you want may be full, and if you do find a seat, you'll probably have to pay more for it than you would if you bought the tour early. Just buy your tour online with your credit card and your seats will be instantly locked down.
Now you know the top three helicopter tours of the Canyon. Keep in mind, if you're flying to the West Rim, opt for a landing tour, and if you're going to the South Rim, book the longer, 50-minute tour. Once your tour is booked, you can get ready for an amazing adventure in one of America's most loved and picturesque natural wonders.
Pro author Lea Fallon suggests this list of the top chopper excursions to the Canyon in addition to this page for the most recent bargains for flights out of Vegas and South Rim: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopter.org/grand-canyon-helicopter-tour-coupons.html