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grand canyon helicopter ride - scary?

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grand canyon helicopter ride - scary?

i would really like to experience the helicopter ride in grand canyon (going to vegas end of this month), but i am a bit afraid or heights and air travel in general, am wondering whether it is scary at all? understand this depends on a lot of things eg weather/pilot etc...but would appreciate any comment here....

also which is the best tour operator?

thanks a lot

Sedona, AZ
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1. Re: grand canyon helicopter ride - scary?


Do some research. Helicopter flights that go from LV only go as far as the so called west rim. This is NOT the Grand Canyon that you're traveling half way around the world to see and experience. You need to go to the South Rim aka Grand Canyon Nat'l Park. From LV you can drive there (about 5 hours) or you can take a tour that will fly you there in a fixed wing aircraft. Once there you will be able to visit the inside of the park and see the real Grand Canyon on their tour bus and park shuttles. You will also have the option of taking a helicopter flight from there, above the canyon. Helicopters are not permitted to land inside the GCNP.

Now, is it scary? Not IMHO. Thrilling? Absolutely! Do people get queasy and throw up? Somtimes... Is the Grand Canyon worth experiencing? More than anything else in the world! Just don't waste your time and money at the 'west rim'. See the real thing.

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Mesa, Arizona
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2. Re: grand canyon helicopter ride - scary?

From LV the helicopter rides only go to the so called "west " rim which is NOT in the GCNP. I'd drive yourself only 5 hrs from vegas to s rim. Then you can get a helicopter ride at Tusayan which is 15 mins from s rim. Book in advance. I preferr Maverick helicopters.


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