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Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

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Grand Canyon helicopter ride - photo ©  Teresa Plowright

Looking down into the Grand Canyon, from a rim-to-rim helicopter tour.

The Grand Canyon can be explored in several ways: you can hike into the Canyon, take a mule ride down, walk along the rim... You can also take a spectacular helicopter ride.

Maverick Tours offers numerous "flightseeing" tours daily, with two options at time of writing: a 25-minute and a 45-minute tour. Flights depart from a small airport in Tusayan, near the South Rim, and there's no minimum age to take a ride. Maverick also runs Grand Canyon helicopter tours that depart from Las Vegas, and has plans for a tour that includes a landing on the Canyon floor. (Check for updates.)

One point to note about helicopter rides: all seats are not equal. Generally seating is in two rows; back seats are fine if you're by the window, but passengers sitting in the middle back seat(s) will not have the same great views as their fellow fliers.

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As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary tours for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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