Best Las Vegas helicopter tours
Tick off a greatest hits list of Las Vegas sights during this half-day excursion, which soars 45 minutes over Lake Mead and historic Hoover Dam on the way to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Your helicopter touches down 3,200 feet below the rim, where a champagne picnic awaits within the canyon’s dramatic walls. Finally, return to the Strip via a low-altitude cruise over the casino corridor’s iconic skyline.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Josh Janssen
Experience the Grand Canyon from the sky, water and land during a full-day tour of this natural wonder of the world. You’ll zip over the desert from the Strip to Grand Canyon West in 45 minutes, landing 4,000 feet below the rim. Hop on a narrated boat ride on the Colorado River, then ascend to the top of the canyon to visit a Native American village or test your mettle on the Grand Canyon Skywalk—a glass bridge that stretches from the rim and out over the gorgeous void.
So bright it’s clearly visible from space, the best way to see the Las Vegas Strip at night is certainly by air. But you don’t have to travel to an altitude of 220 miles(!) to take in the view. After a champagne toast, you’ll board your bird for an 8- to 12-minute flight above Las Vegas’s famous lights. While your pilot shares tales and points out landmarks, you’ll fly past the Stratosphere tower, over the Venetian and above the iconic Bellagio fountains before touching down on solid ground once again.
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The Grand Canyon is spectacular at any time of day, but at sundown it glows. The bluffs turn crimson, then purple, and the whole place looks like a heavily filtered Instagram photo only gloriously, impossibly real. After a 45-minute flight that includes an info session about the canyon and surrounding areas, you disembark on Hualapai land just in time for nature’s nightly show. Toast to the scene, snap a few photos, then head back to Vegas in the dark, the Strip corridor ablaze with casino lights.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Andy LoPresto
Do look down. That’s the point of this adrenaline-pumping adventure, which whisks visitors to Grand Canyon West where they can bypass the crowds and brave the stunning Skywalk. Located on Hualapai tribal land, the horseshoe-shaped glass bridge juts out from the rim, offering an astonishing view of the canyon and the Colorado River… 4,000 feet down. Catch your breath and spend 15 minutes absorbing the magic from your airy perch. A once-in-a-lifetime view of a one-of-a-kind wonder.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Michael Welch
Dinner with a view is a well-worn cliché, but on this tour the term applies to a jaw-dropping panorama of the Grand Canyon. After a 35-minute flight from Boulder City, you’ll touch down on the West Rim for a white tablecloth meal. Savor the sunset over the canyon while you sip champagne and dine on dishes like beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu, then fly back in time for a night on the town.
This four-hour tour highlights both the power of nature and of human engineering. First up is a man-made marvel, the massive Hoover Dam, a wall of concrete 726 feet high that took 21,000 people to construct. But nature’s work is even more impressive. After a 35-minute flight, you’ll land deep below the West Rim inside the Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. Enjoy a champagne picnic while your pilot answers questions about the area, then it’s back to the chopper for the scenic return journey.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Airwolfhound
Desert sunsets and city lights—both are included on this twilight trip above Southern Nevada. The 35-minute flight starts by soaring over Lake Mead, historic Hoover Dam and Boulder City, the town that sprung up to house thousands of workers who built the famous dam. Next, you’ll turn north and cruise over Las Vegas as the lights come up—over Downtown’s rainbow-hued Fremont Street, past the towering Stratosphere, High Roller Ferris wheel and Bellagio’s choreographed waters. Countless postcard-worthy views in one unforgettable flight.
Leave Las Vegas in the rearview on a drive through Joshua Tree Forest to Grand Canyon Western Ranch, a former working cattle ranch once owned by a gunslinger who rode with the Hole in the Wall gang. From here, the Grand Canyon is just a quick hop away, and you’ll explore it by helicopter, dipping below the rim for a remarkable view of millions of years of geological history. Back at the ranch, fill up on a BBQ lunch, ride in a horse-drawn wagon and hear tales of the property’s Wild West past. For an optional upgrade, you can mount up and ride on a desert safari, where you’ll spot buffalo grazing amid the rustic landscape.
Glocks, sniper rifles, machine guns. Grab your weapon of choice for an outdoor shooting experience on this action-packed tour. After a photo op stop at Hoover Dam, it’s time to take aim at an Arizona range, where you can pull the trigger on a wide array of weapons. Make a day of it and upgrade your package to include a 90-minute Grand Canyon helicopter tour and three-hour ATV ride through Lake Mead National Park to the Colorado River.