It’s summer vacation time again, and this year, you should do something fun and exciting. A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon would be the perfect experience. You’ll have several choices when it comes to helicopter tours, so you’re sure to find one that fits the time and adventures that interest you.
Timing The Tour
Summer is very hot in the Grand Canyon, and you can expect the temperatures to climb up to 100 degrees. If you hate hot weather and prefer to stay cool, book an early morning tour or one that flies in the late evening.
Taking an early morning tour is a great way to begin your day, and the good thing is you will still have plenty of the day left after the tour to do other fun things. Just remember the sun rises early too, and if you leave too early the glare from the sun might get in the way of your sightseeing.
Therefore, if you want to fly early and have the best sightseeing experience, you should pick a flight that departs between 8 am and noon. The air is less turbulent in the mornings too, and it is less hazy than later in the day.
Plus, thunderstorms are more likely in the afternoons on hot summer days and by flying early, you can avoid the rain and a choppy ride. If you book an afternoon flight, it has a higher risk of being canceled due to frequent afternoon thunderstorms.
An evening flight is the perfect way to wrap up a fun day of vacationing. It’s cooler in the evening and you’ll be treated to a colorful sunset view. The air fills with dust during the day and those particles add bright colors to the sky as the sun sets over the canyon. If you opt for a deluxe helicopter tour, you’ll also be treated to a fantastic aerial tour of the lights of Vegas on your return flight.
The Difference In Helicopters
Besides choosing the departure time for your flight, you also have to choose your aircraft. A lot of the tours use Bell Ranger helicopters, but the deluxe tours fly on EcoStar 130 aircraft. You’ll still get good views from a Bell Ranger, but if it’s comfort you want, book a flight on an EcoStar. The EcoStar helicopters provide the best possible views from their panoramic windows, plus the ride is very comfortable thanks to larger cabins, improved stability of the aircraft, less cabin noise, and comfortable climate control. So you should consider booking a deluxe tour if you can.
Which Rim Is Best
You can choose to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim or the West Rim. If you’ll be in Vegas, you’ll have many West Rim tours to choose from since the West Rim is a lot closer to Vegas than the South Rim.
If you opt for a deluxe helicopter tour out of Vegas, you’ll even receive complimentary transportation to and from your hotel in a limo. Vegas South Rim tours are a little more complicated since the South Rim is too far for a Vegas chopper to fly to, instead, you’ll have to get to the South Rim another way such as airplane or tour bus.
If you like adventure, then the West Rim is the best destination because you can book a tour that descends into the canyon and lands on the canyon floor. If you’d rather see beautiful vistas, then the South Rim is best because it is a very beautiful part of the canyon.
The South Rim tours can be upgraded to include a little adventure too, for instance, you can add on a Jeep tour. The Jeeps hold nine passengers and they give you an exciting ground tour of some notable Grand Canyon landmarks.
The Ultimate Vacation Awaits
A Grand Canyon tour is a great way to spend a vacation day this summer. A Grand Canyon trip is perfect for a romantic celebration or a fun-filled family vacation. There are several tours and adventures you can choose from to match your interests. An exciting and fun vacation experience is waiting for you.