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Grand Canyon National Park by Helicopter - 5 Rules for Getting the Ideal Flight

This year make a point to travel to the Grand Canyon. And the best way to do it is by helicopter. However there are a few things you need to know. Discover more. Look at this article.

Now that we are officially into 2014, it's time to start planning that Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Here are some things to know about Grand Canyon helicopters.

Air Tours From Vegas

The first tip is that helicopters from Las Vegas only fly to the West Rim. But what if you want to see the South Rim? The South Rim is too far for a chopper but you can go by plane and get there in about an hour.

Next is the fact that helicopters are only allowed to land at the bottom of the West Rim. This is prohibited at the South Rim. So if you want to get to the floor of the canyon, you need to take off from Vegas and head to the West Rim where the air tours land at the top or bottom of the canyon.

Here's another one for you: Helicopters only hold six people plus the pilot. That means if you have more than six people in your group, you will have to split up for the tour. If that's not plausible, I suggest you book an airplane tour. The planes carry 19 passengers so large groups can fly together.

Booking A Window Seat

Then there are window seats. Folks, seating is assigned based on the overall weight of passengers on the flight manifest. Therefore, there is no guarantee you will get a window seat. Still, it is possible to book one when you book your tour online. But even that's not guaranteed (and if you don't get it you won't be charged).

So we've covered four important points about Grand Canyon chopper tours. Another big tip is to upgrade to a tour in an EcoStar 130. Yes, I know they are more expensive but these choppers are the kings of the sky. They feature forward facing, stadium style seats, a cabin that's 25 percent bigger than the average helicopter (important if you're a big guy like me) and a 180-degree wraparound window (ideal for you shutterbugs out there).

Let's discuss booking your tour. Book your tour early so you get the best selection. It is not unusual for the tours to sell out days in advance. Rule of thumb is to get your flight situated at least a week ahead of time. Also, book your tour online. You get the best rate when you buy online.

The Weather

Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon might be in the desert, but it gets cold there during the winter months. So wear a heavy jacket, gloves and a hat, plus long pants and enclosed shoes. I usually go the "layers" route, which lets me peel off a sweater or two if I get too hot.

I hope this article cleared the air about some things associated with Grand Canyon helicopter tours. I can tell you from my experience that these are the top questions I get when I'm helping people via email or in chat on my own sites. When you know a little about what to expectPsychology Articles, it helps you choose the ideal tour for your family. Don't forget to book your seats online. Not only will you save money but it's really convenient (and secure!)

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