First, you’ll get to take advantage of complimentary hotel pickup in their luxury van, which will escort you out to the Boulder City Airport. Then, after a quick safety lesson and some light refreshments, you’re off in your luxury, state-of-the-art A-Star helicopter for a Grand Canyon adventure you’ll never forget. The flight itself is 70 minutes in duration, with an additional 30 minutes spent in the Grand Canyon West Airport to allow you to souvenir shop at a store with authentic Native American crafts and gifts. While you’re traversing the skies out to the West Rim, you’ll soar past sights like the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and ancient rock formations that are sure to inspire you. Once you reach the West Rim, your helicopter will descend toward the canyon floor for some closer photographs, and then follow along the path of the Colorado River for some of the most beautiful sights of the canyon in all her glory.
Las Vegas Strip: While you’ll be departing from an airport in Boulder City, you’ll get great opportunities to see the Las Vegas Strip from above as you’re leaving the area. Although these flights are all during the day (so no evening illumination), you’ll still get a great view of the glitz and glam of the city’s central artery.
Lake Mead: This expansive man-made lake is particularly beautiful when viewed from a great height – and this is your chance to do just that! You’ll soar past the lake and the surrounding National Recreation Area and get some great photo opportunities of the natural wilderness and cultivated park areas. Keep an eye out for wildlife.
Hoover Dam: One of the engineering marvels of the twentieth century, the Hoover Dam is also a major attraction in its own right in the American southwest. You’ll get ideal aerial views of this amazing structure and be able to snap some unique photos that an on-the-ground tour can’t facilitate.
Grand Canyon West Rim: One of the most visited areas of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, this portion of the canyon actually isn’t part of the National Park. It’s owned and operated by the Hualapai Native American tribe. While your helicopter tour with 5 Star won’t take you into the park, you’ll still get to see striking canyon views from the air.
Is It the Tour for You?
This West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour is a nice efficient way to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. It’s a convenient excursion, features friendly service, and you’re supporting a family-owned business. You also get to ride in a modest-sized helicopter, so it really is an intimate tour with only a few people heading out at a time – great for those personalized vacations. The whole experience takes about three hours, so it’s also a good option if you want to get in some other explorations on the same day. A few things to keep in mind, however, is that you do not actually land on the floor of the canyon, nor do you step into the Grand Canyon West park at all – just the airport. If this brief stop isn’t enough to make the additional cost of the tour worth it to you, you may want to consider their Air-Only option. They also do not offer child pricing, so anyone over 2 years old in your party is charged the full adult price.