If you're going to be in Las Vegas for the Christmas holiday then you will find no shortage of entertainment. As America's entertainment center, there's always something to do. One activity that stands above the rest, is sightseeing, and you won't find anything more exciting or more beautiful than the Grand Canyon.
Helicopters fly to the Canyon throughout the year, except for Christmas Day. With just a month to go, you will need to book your tickets as soon as possible.
From Las Vegas you can choose landing or air-only helicopter tours. Both tours follow the same flight path to the National Park, passing over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam on the way. Air-only tours will complete a scenic flyover of the Canyon, before heading back to Vegas, while landing tours will allow you to disembark at the top or bottom of the Canyon.
Landing tours really stand out. After the 15 minute flight to the bottom of the Canyon, you could include a Champagne picnic, or even a Colorado River boat tour, on your tickets. If you want to go to the top of the Canyon, there's still plenty more to see.
Besides various opportunities to view the landscape from a number of viewing areas and walking paths, the top of the Canyon is home to the Skywalk. The Skywalk is something of a technical marvel. 4000 feet above the Canyon, and 70 feet out from the rim, the Skywalk has a transparent glass bottom which provides an experience that can't be compared to. For safety reasons you can't take cameras or other electronics on the platform, but there are photographers available who will capture the moment in crystal clear quality.
Spoil Yourself With A Deluxe Tour
There are both basic and deluxe tours on offer from Las Vegas. The biggest difference between them is the helicopter that you will fly in. Deluxe tours are provided in an EcoStar 130 helicopter. It is larger than other helicopters and has been designed for the best sightseeing experience.
The interior cabin is climate controlled, and there are large seats arranged so that all passengers have an unobstructed view. The standout feature of the EcoStar is the huge 180 degree windshield, which allows you to take in all of the sights. The 130 is designed for stability and comfort, and provides the smoothest ride out of any touring helicopter.
If your budget allows for deluxe tickets, then I highly recommend this option. As an added bonus, these tours fly directly from the Strip and provide a limousine shuttle service so that you can enjoy the full VIP treatment.
The Best Canyon Flights From Vegas
Finding the best helicopter tour is as simple as booking online, and aiming to get the most from your budget. Whether you choose a landing tour with a Champagne picnic, or an exhilarating journey to the Skywalk, you will find plenty at the Grand Canyon to make lifetime memories. Book online, and book soon. With Christmas fast approaching, tickets will be snapped up. With so many options to customize your adventure, there's no reason not to make the Grand Canyon the highlight of your holiday season.
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