Helicopter tours?

Old Dec 9th, 2004, 11:31 AM
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Helicopter tours?

I was thinking of taking a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon (we will be in Vegas 1/13-17). Are there any great tour operators you can recommend? What about the night flight over the strip? We may also rent a car and drive to Red Canyon. My husband is interested in the Dam, but I've read negative reviews about actually being there. Advice?
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Old Dec 10th, 2004, 09:46 AM
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We've done two helicopter trips (on seperate occasions ) Both times used Sundance Helicopters. The first trip we went to the Puhrump wine vineyard for dinner, tour and wine tasting. On the way back we flew down the Strip (it was at night)

The second trip we went to the Grand Canyon. We flew over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam and then landed on a plateau by the Colorado River for a champagne picnic lunch. On the way back we flew over Downtown and the Strip (this was a day trip) Both trips lasted about 3 hours, so didn't waste the whole day getting there and coming back.
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Look Tours is a very popular and reputable tour company. I believe the are at www.looktours.com.

Personally, I find the Hoover Dam fascinating, but others find it ho hum. If you do go to the Dam, try a stop at Lake Las Vegas and tour the shopping village connected to the Ritz Carlton. It is very relaxing.

Did you have a specific question about Red Rock Canyon?
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Old Dec 14th, 2004, 07:00 AM
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Vegaslocal,
My ideas have changed. Is it a good idea to rent a car and drive to the Dam and to Valley of Fire? I believe that from the map we would basically be making a big triangle. Can you tell me approximate driving times between Vegas (the Strip), the Dam, Valley of Fire, and back to the strip? I can't find anything on the net to help with this. Can you tell me where Lake Vegas is? Thank you for the help!
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Approximate driving time from the strip to Red Rock Canyon is approximately 30 minutes. To get there head straight west on Charleston. You'll run right into it. The amount of time the whole trip will take depends upon how much time you spend out there. If you are an avid hiker, you could spend all day out there. A drive through the scenic loop can be done in as little as 30 minutes, but you may want to stop at some of the overlook areas.

The drive from Red Rock Canyon to Lake Las Vegas is about an hour. I would guess it could be as far as 40 miles. Take Interstate 215 east as far as it will go. When you hit all the construction, the interestate turns into Lake Mead Drive. Continue east on Lake Mead. You will drive through a crummy looking area of Henderson, but don't worry, just keep going. As the scenery gets more rural, you cannot miss the entrance to Lake Las Vegas. It is heavily landscaped with lots of palm trees and waterfalls. Once you turn into the entrance of Lake Las Vegas, follow the signs to the Casino Montelago. You can park free there and enter the shopping area.

For more information about Lake Las Vegas or Monte Lago Village, visit www.lakelasvegas.com and www.montelagovillage.com.

Upon leaving Lake Las Vegas, continue east on Lake Mead Drive. Shortly you will enter the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Follow the signs to the Dam. It should take you about 20 more minutes to get to the dam. Do not drive to the dam on a Sunday or the end of a holiday period. There are many people crossing the dam to get back to Arizona. All cars have to stop at a security checkpoint. The wait can be massive.

There is an entrance fee for both Red Rock and Lake Mead parks. I believe it is $5.00 at each area.
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