Need your help - looking for a trip from vegas to grand canyon (loving the idea of helicopter and landing on the floor of the canyon) but all seem so expensive! purchasing for two people as birthday gift for July time. Any ideas on companies or other trips?
Most of the trips to the GC are expensive. Foreign visitors are the majority on the flights and they will pay the rate quoted. There are buses to the South Rim from Vegas, also a train ride leaves from Williams, AZ to the South Rim. Cheaper options than the helicopter or plane. Good Luck.
When we lived in AZ, we always said we'd hike to Havasu falls. I guess it's a bit for the more outdoorsy, adventurous type, but check out these websites: http://www.pygmyguides.com/html/havasu_falls.html
Good luck, and don't waste a good opportunity!
Thanks for your advice guys it will certainly point me in the right direction!
I would ditch the chopper and get a car and drive there, you can ride horses to the bottom....far more impressive.
I don't (personally) that sites (like the canyon) are particularly impressive from the air...but thats my opinion. I know you get to see more of it, and yes it does land...but you miss the tranquility of it. It is truely amazing. I flew over Uluru also, and it was nothing to what you can experience on the ground.....it just doesn't do it justice.
Take a horse to the bottom....peaceful and perfect!
I agree with Kev above, rent a car from vegas and go down by horse back! But you'll need to leave early to get there and back in a day, the drive is a good one, and you get to go over Hoover Damm too! Dont speed in the roadworks though, twice the speeding fine and if on a very foreign driving liceince (Mine is UAE) then they arrest you as they cannot get you to appear in court, locked me up for 10 seconds in Nevada, then let me free........ Buggers!
I would suggest that you take the train from Williams into the Grand Canyon, either hike down a ways or take the mule ride, whichever you have a preference for, catch the train backs to Williams and stay there over night. To find lodgings within the Grand Canyon itself, one has to book a good half year to a year in advance. An alternative is to stay at one of the hotels just outside of the Grand Canyon, both Red Feather Lodge and the Grand Hotel are phenomenal!
I have been horseback for a good part of my life and would rather hike down than ride one of the mules, a bit irrational I suppose, as I know they are extremely sure footed. It is the dizzying effect of looking down into nothing that makes me keep me feet firmly planted on the trail.
This link might prove helpful, http://www.thetrain.com/suggesteditineraries/.