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Monday, 15-Oct-2012 18:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Video clip: Grand Celebration Landing Tour

Papillon Helicopters sells a variety of incredible chopper trips. The number one helicopter tour from Las Vegas, Nevada, happens to be the one known as the Grand Celebration.

This flight departs every single day each week including all significant holidays. The helicopter flies by Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before getting to the Grand Canyon, which also is referred to as West Rim.

The heli now is going to make the descent to the bottom part. It will alight a helipad beside the Colorado River, the waterway that created the Grand Canyon.

Passengers will exit the helicopter and enjoy a champagne picnic, this includes food. The total amount of time in the bottom is around half an hour and I have realized that to be lots of time to explore the area.

The journey to the very top is equally fascinating and you will fly past the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eagle Point and Guano Point, which are the key attractions of Grand Canyon West.

The journey back to Vegas is a good time for you to relax and take in the sights, especially if it's late in the day and you get to view a sunset.

I recommend booking this helicopter ride as quickly as possible because it typically sells out. Also, if you want a bargain on Papillon's Grand Celebration, I recommend you purchase it on the vendor's web site because that's where all the very best specials are.

Friday, 12-Oct-2012 12:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Most Popular Grand Canyon Smooth Water Float Tours

A Grand Canyon float tour is probably the best way to take in this majestic National Park. By floating leisurely through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, you will have ample time to soak up the beauty of the area. Floats through the Grand Canyon start near Grand Canyon Village, but you have several options for arriving at the launch point of which the most popular features an airplane flight to the launch point with bus transportation back to the South Rim

Plane flights leave from Grand Canyon National Park Airport, located in Tusayan, Arizona, just outside the park's main gates. A flight east will take you to Page, Arizona, and on the way you will get to see Navajo country and the beautiful Painted Desert.

Then a 4x4 Jeep will transport you to an amazing place called Antelope Canyon. There you will find channels cut into the rocks of the canyon wall that are big enough to walk through. Then the Jeep will take you to the Glen Canyon Dam after driving through a tunnel that is two miles long. The dam is huge, and an impressive sight to behold; it is over 70 stories tall. Grand Canyon float trips begin their journey from this awesome spot.

You could also arrive at the Glen Canyon Dam by way of motor coach. When you do that, you can visit the Glen Canyon Recreational Area. The guides and bus drivers are quite informed about the history and geology of the region and are happy to teach you about the many amazing things you will see in the canyon.

Your float tour of the Grand Canyon will cover about 15 miles of the Colorado River, and you will experience some of the most awesome scenery on the planet. You will have the opportunity to disembark at Horseshoe Bend, where a short walk will take you to the site of Native American petroglyphs, or rock drawings. You will also enjoy an amazing lunch under the towering cliffs of the canyon.

After lunch, you'll continue down the river to historic Lee's Ferry, which features an old trading post and fort. At this point, the smooth waters end, so you will board a bus and be transported to the South Rim of the canyon. Along the way, you'll stop at Cameron Trading Post for a quick shopping opportunity, which offers some of the region's finest Native American handicrafts.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, because you'll be spending several hours in the hot sun. Long-sleeved shirts are recommended, but wear your swimsuit under your regular clothes, because you'll be stopping at places where you can enjoy a cool, relaxing dip in the river. Your smooth-water rafting tour should provide plenty of drinking water.

A canyon float tour is one of the most memorable of all Grand Canyon adventures. The water is very calm and there are no rapids to worry about so these trips are ideal for kids and grandma and grandpa too. Being so popular, seats fill up fast, so it is a good idea to book your tour as early as possible. Just find a company that is dependable, and has a good reputation, and then make your reservations when you plan your trip to the region.

Wednesday, 11-Jul-2012 07:40 Email | Share | | Bookmark
1-Day Grand Canyon Water Rafting Tours on the Rio Colorado

If you'll be anywhere near the Grand Canyon, don't leave the area before taking the opportunity to enjoy a Grand Canyon Float Trip. If you choose to raft in the Grand Canyon, you will not be required to know how to raft. As a vacationer, the only thing that you will be required to do is to enjoy the views, socialize with other passengers and ride down the river in a motorized raft.

This Grand Canyon float trip does not come with shooting rapids because it is a trip for the entire family. This specific Grand Canyon rafting tour, which drifts down a quiet river, is for anyone who is over the age of three. There will be a group of about twenty people in your raft right beside you.

This Grand Canyon water rafting trip is an all-day experience. Beginning around 6:30 a.m., it lasts about 12 hours. You will ride in a minivan or luxurious bus through the beautiful East Rim and Navajo Reservation. Then you will go through the brilliantly Painted Desert until you get to the Glen Canyon Dam. This is where you and the other tour passengers will enter the motorized raft.

Once you have journeyed for two hours on the raft, you will land and have a chance to look at the Native American artwork that is on etched into the sides of the mountains. When you're done, you'll have plenty of time for a relaxing lunch on the beach. After lunch, you'll re-board your raft and continue your relaxing trip down the river. Your minivan or luxury motor coach will pick you up when you arrive at Lee's Ferry and return you to your hotel after another scenic drive.

You can also go in a different direction on this Grand Canyon float trip. Instead of going from the Grand Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry, you can go from Lee's Ferry to the Grand Canyon Dam. With this option you will be picked up by bus and driven through the Grand Canyon's South rim until you get back to your hotel room. Both Grand Canyon float trips are available between March 1 and November 15 every year.

If bus rides are not your favorite form of transportation or you have experienced a Grand Canyon rafting trip in the past, then you might want to do a Colorado water-rafting tour instead. Or, you could also opt for a Grand Canyon Old West Jeep tour instead. You could even combine both tours into one totally terrific 12-hour day. You will be picked up in the morning between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. at either Williams or Flagstaff by jeep. At this point, you will ride in a jeep and see the Navajo Reservation and Coconino National Forest for at least two hours until you get to Page, Arizona.

Once you leave Page, Arizona, you will go through a mountain tunnel that is two miles long and continue driving until you get to the Glen Canyon Dam. Once you arrive at the dam, you will get start your rafting tour and go on a 15-mile journey along the Colorado River. After a nice lunch, you will have the opportunity to do see Native American artwork. You could also have a quick swim or do a little bird watching.

Then you will resume the rafting tour and cruise down the river to Lee's Ferry. Then, you will have a bus ride back to where you started from, which is either Williams or Flagstaff. But, as you are riding back to this starting point, you will have a quick stopover at the Cameron Trading Post. This is where you can get a few souvenirs for your return trip, as well as a few snacks for the road. These tours are available between March 15 and October 15 every year.


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