As one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is a breathtaking sight – and even more spectacular from the air. A helicopter tour of this marvelous phenomenon is a must for anyone travelling to the state of Nevada.
Only from the air can visitors genuinely appreciate the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon. 277 miles long, a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide at its widest point, this chasm has been formed over millions of years and, as the mighty Colorado River flows through its base, it continues to alter and change naturally.
For geologists, the Grand Canyon offers an extraordinary insight into the history of North America, the exposed layers of rock representing each era of time.
For the rest of us, the Grand Canyon is quite simply an awe-inspiring sight that is top of the must-see things to do when visiting Nevada and a bird’s eye view on a Grand Canyon helicopter tour is simply the best way to see it.
It’s not surprise that this landmark – designated a national park in 1919 – is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, with around five million visitors every year. Its popularity means holidaymakers can choose from a wide selection of helicopter tours, from short trips taking off nearby to much longer tours flying in from Las Vegas.
The sheer size of the attraction means the longer the Grand Canyon helicopter tour you choose, the more you will see. Depending on which tour company you choose, your flight will depart from a number of locations – there are airports covering the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and West Rim, with departure points further afield, too, including Las Vegas.
To get the best out of your trip, choose a helicopter tour company with aircraft that have oversized picture-viewing windows so you can happily snap away to get the best pictures possible from the air.
Ideally your pilot will offer an expert in-flight commentary during the trip with headsets providing a translation in up to 10 different languages, meaning no one misses out on the eye-opening facts that explain the formation and history of the Grand Canyon.
Of course, what you really want is to see this vast wilderness – home to five Native American tribes, 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles and five species of amphibians – and acknowledge nature at its finest.
Depending on your budget and available time, expect to pay anything from $130 to $1000 for your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. See the sun rise or set over the chasm and experience the wonder of the ever-changing colors of the canyon walls. Disembark your chopper for a picnic and get your breath back after seeing this marvelous wonder up close.
And for the ultimate experience, take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour that combines a flight with the Skywalk. The Skywalk, on the West Rim, is an extraordinary glass walkway that perches some 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor and affords intrepid visitors a view of this amazing place that was once the preserve of the eagles.
Whatever tour you choose, your visit to the Grand Canyon is guaranteed to be one that lives long in the memory.