The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest icons in the United States, and touring it is a good idea if you are thinking of visiting Arizona. The tourist attraction has been developed in such a manner that it’s very easy for any tourist to visit it and have fun in a way that they are comfortable. For instance, if you love trekking, it is easy to find hiking trails of different difficulty levels so that you can indulge in one that matches your mastery.
One of the most impressive ways to tour the Grand Canyon is via helicopter. The fact that this has become a popular way of doing it in the recent past means that there are many firms that offer such services to tourists who need them. The competition between various companies has reduced the cost of these kinds of tours, so even tourist on tight budgets can afford one of them.
If you are interested in such a tour, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind. Some of these include:
It’s a good idea to do your bookings early
Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon are very popular all year around. This becomes even more so during holiday seasons when tourist traffic increases. The chances of you being able to rent a helicopter for the ride during such times is slim. Renting one in advance is a good idea since it gives you more peace of mind about being able to get the service. A few of the companies that provide this service also charge less when the booking is done earlier, so you also stand the chance of saving when you do this.
Fortunately, most of the helicopter firms have an online presence. You can therefore log on to their websites and do your booking even if you are not within the country.
Various companies offer different itineraries
When you are planning such a trip, you also need to keep in mind that not all helicopter rental firms offer the same services. Some will take a different route that provides a different view of the Grand Canyon. When you are considering getting the service from a particular company, it’s therefore a good idea to go through the details of the service they offer in order to figure out if it’s what you are interested in. For instance, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could opt for a shorter tour.
Most facilities offer a pilot as part of the service
If you can fly a helicopter, chances are that you might want to fly it over the Grand Canyon on your own. However, the bulk of the companies providing this service offer a pilot as part of the deal. Of course, you could find one that offers a rental you can fly on your own, but this is usually more expensive. You will also need to prove your competency, so you might want to carry your log book and any other relevant documentation if you are interested in this.
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