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The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours
Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.
One of the best ways to see Las Vegas is from the air, like on this tour from Sundance Helicopters.(Courtesy of Sundance Helicopters)
Note: Some tour providers on this list may have limited or ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
Before you head to Las Vegas, remember that you don't have to spend your entire vacation crammed in a casino. The dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip are worth admiring as is the nearby desert landscape. To see the top attractions from a different vantage point, book a helicopter tour. You'll enjoy a bird's-eye view of iconic casinos like Caesars Palace, and you can explore the Grand Canyon and other natural marvels. To help you find the right tour, U.S. News collected both traveler opinions and expert input to find six of the best helicopter tours in Sin City.
Sundance Helicopters – Las Vegas City Lights
As you fly over the Strip with Sundance Helicopters, you'll see the Bellagio fountains, the Luxor's pyramid, the New York-New York skyline and more. Throughout the 12- to 15-minute flight, your pilot will share casino history and quirky facts. This tour also includes limousine-style, round-trip transportation from select Las Vegas hotels to the helicopter departure site. Most flyers rave about the tour, saying it offers great views and photo opportunities of the Strip. Others say that the quality of the views can depend on where you're seated in the helicopter. Tours depart several times every evening. Tickets cost around $100 per person. Sundance Helicopters conducts several other tours, including trips to the Hoover Dam.
Maverick Helicopters – Wind Dancer Air and Landing Tour
This four-hour tour takes you over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Fortification Hill, the Hoover Dam and more before stopping to land 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon. Once you land, you'll be served beverages (including sparkling wine) and light snacks. On the way back to the city, you'll take in epic views of the canyon's rock formations before descending past the glittering lights of the Strip. The trip, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off, costs approximately $470 to $550 per person depending on your departure time. According to reviewers, the flight is exhilarating and well worth the money. Maverick Helicopters offers other sightseeing flights, including a Vegas Nights Tour and a flight to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
GC Flight – Grand Canyon Helicopter Floor Landing Tour
This epic aerial tour of the area surrounding Las Vegas takes you past the glam and flashing lights of the Las Vegas Strip to see Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and the Grand Canyon. Once at the Grand Canyon, you'll stop at a private landing site to enjoy sparkling wine and snacks. You'll also receive hotel pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas Strip and downtown hotels. Travelers enjoy their trips, especially the views, although some reviewers complain about poor customer service and high prices. This tour starts at $377 per person. Flights leave at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily. GC Flight offers a variety of other tours in the Las Vegas and Grand Canyon areas by airplane, coach and helicopter.
Grand Canyon Helicopters – King of Canyons Sunset
Expect to spend four hours away once you're picked up from your hotel in a limousine for this tour. Once in the air, enjoy views of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon before stopping at the canyon floor for a picnic with sparkling wine. From there, you'll take in more views of the canyon, the desert landscape and the Strip set against the brilliant colors of sunset. Reviewers give this tour high marks, calling the scenery stunning, amazing and breathtaking. Pricing starts at $549 per person. Tours depart around 5:30 p.m. daily. Grand Canyon Helicopters flies several other helicopter tours of both the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters – Highlights Air Tour
During this 70-minute airplane tour, you'll fly over the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and Grand Canyon West, among other sights. Along with the views, you'll also enjoy audio commentary and round-trip transportation between most Las Vegas hotels. Many reviewers label this trip as a bucket-list opportunity and laud the incredible flight experience. On the flip side, a handful of reviewers complain about poor customer service. Tours, which depart at several times each day, start at $149 per person and last four hours from start to finish. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters also offers several other tours of the Grand Canyon in both helicopters and airplanes.
5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours – Grand Canyon Eagle Point Rim Landing Tour
This 4 1/2-hour journey includes hotel pickup and drop-off, live commentary from an expert pilot and stellar views of the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam and more. Plus, you'll have 30 minutes to explore the scenery at Eagle Point Rim where you can add on access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk for an additional fee. Reviewers enjoy the tour, with many citing the fun and informative pilots as a highlight of the trip. Tickets cost approximately $400 per person. Tours depart multiple times daily. In addition to Grand Canyon tours, the company offers helicopter tours of Las Vegas proper.
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