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Grand Canyon Helis Valentine’s Day Extraordinary Tour Deals

March 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. I can’t think of anything that’s more amazing or romantic than taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Sure, Grand Canyon helicopters are known for excitement and breathtaking views, but those same views are also incredibly romantic!

First thing to be decided is what part of the National Park you want to visit. There are two destinations: The West Rim and the South Rim. Which one is right for you? Depends where you start from. Las Vegas couples will go to the West, while Arizona lovebirds will head to the South.

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 popular West Rim helicopter flights land at the rim top as well as on the bottom. These tours give you plenty of time to walk around and explore highlights like Hualapai Ranch and the Indian Cultural Center, along with the lookouts at Eagle Point and Guano Point.

If you decide on the South Rim instead, you can choose a 30-minute or 50-minute helicopter tour. The shorter flight takes you from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The more-comprehensive 50-minute flight includes the South, North and East Rims. 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.

Expect seats to be limited on this most auspicious of occasions. Lots of other couples will have the same idea to take to the skies. My suggestion is that you book your helicopter ride at least a week or two in advance. Indeed, there’s a possibility that you’ll get a flight if you book within 36 hours of your desired departure date, but it’s risky and it’s not something I personally would want to do on such an important day.

Booking Grand Canyon helicopters online is always best because that’s where you’ll find the best prices – at least when you book directly on the tour company’s website. If (and only if) you complete the entire transaction on the company’s official site, you’ll qualify for a special Internet discount.

Travel author Rick Sneeds is an expert on Grand Canyon helicopters and suggests visiting this site for a list of coupon codes that make these amazing trips less expensive for Valentine’s Day:

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