by Rick Sneeds
The most romantic day of the year is coming up. What do you have planned? If you happen to be traveling to Las Vegas or Arizona, why not consider a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? These flights are fun and thrilling, but, more importantly, totally romantic!
The first thing you have to do is decide if you want to tour the West Rim or go to the South Rim. If you are in Vegas, you will probably go to the West. The distance from Vegas to the South Rim is too far for helicopters to make the flight.
Until they look into it or arrive in the area, a lot of people don’t realize that the West Rim isn’t far from Las Vegas. It’s only 120 miles, and helicopter tours can cover that distance in less than 60 minutes. Along the way, you’ll soar over Lake Mead – the country’s largest manmade reservoir. You’ll also fly over Hoover Dam, a marvelous engineering accomplishment. Just think – you’re not even at the National Park yet. Once your chopper crests Grand Wash Cliffs and enters the Park’s airspace, you’re really in for a treat!
Grand Canyon West (the West Rim) has something amazing and it’s not available at the South Rim. This is the only section of the Park where helicopters are allowed to land on the canyon floor. This particular landing tour package includes a champagne picnic at the bottom (could anything be more romantic?), but you could also add a smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River. Passes to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk are another popular add-on.
Other West Rim helicopter flights include one that lets you do the top and bottom of the canyon with additional time to explore the rim. If you go this route, there are a number of captivating points of interest like Guano Point, Eagle Point, the Indian Cultural Center and Hualapai Ranch.
If you want to go to the South Rim, you can select a 30 or 50 minute helicopter ride. The thirty-minute tour goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The 50-minute flight lets you see the sights on the South, North, and East Rim. I always recommend the longer flight because the views are fantastic and it’s a more in-depth experience.
I also recommend choosing from the tours that use EcoStar 130 Grand Canyon helicopters. This particular aircraft is fitted with comfy, stadium-style seating and180-degree wraparound windows for terrific sightseeing. The cabin is also a lot bigger than you’d get in other choppers, and the climate control is state-of-the-art.
Seats sell out quickly for Valentine’s Day helicopter tours. You don’t really think you’re the only one out there who thinks this would be a romantic way to spend this special day, do you? Go ahead and book your flight as far in advance as you can. If you wait until the last minute you might not get a seat. Valentine’s Day is a very important occasion and you don’t want to blow it, so get your seats early.
Lastly, make sure you book your Valentine’s flight online. Doing so will nearly ensure you get the best deal possible. I say “nearly” because you have to know where to look, which is on the websites of the tour operators themselves. Even then, you have to be vigilant because you’ll only get that great online rate if you complete the transaction online.
About the author:
Travel blogger Rick Sneeds is an expert on Grand Canyon helicopters and recommends checking out this website for a list of discount coupons that make these extraordinary trips less costly for Valentine’s Day: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopter.org/grand-canyon-helicopter-tour-coupons.html