Note: Some tour providers on this list may have limited or ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
Before you head to Las Vegas, remember that you don’t have to spend your entire vacation crammed in a casino. The dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip are worth admiring as is the nearby desert landscape. To see the top attractions from a different vantage point, book a helicopter tour. You’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of iconic casinos like Caesars Palace, and you can explore the Grand Canyon and other natural marvels. To help you find the right tour, U.S. News collected both traveler opinions and expert input to find five of the best helicopter tours in Sin City.
Maverick Helicopters – Vegas Strip Tour
Travelers routinely praise not only the exceptional team at Maverick, but also the incredible views of the Strip on this nighttime airborne tour. You’ll spend 12 to 15 minutes soaring over the Strip to admire the glittering lights from the Bellagio, the Venetian, the Eiffel Tower and more. Tickets cost approximately $95 to $115 per person, depending on your departure time. For an additional fee, you can pay the company for round-trip transportation to the Las Vegas Strip Terminal (available for select flights). Flights depart several times nightly, beginning around 9 p.m. Maverick Helicopters offers other sightseeing flights, including a flight to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
702 Helicopters – Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour
Soar over the Luxor pyramid, the Bellagio fountains and other top-rated sights during this 15-minute flight. You’ll cover about 25 miles in the air as expert pilots wind their way above the city. As an added bonus, the company promises each passenger a window seat. Tour-takers rave about the experience, saying the guides are experts in both safety and Las Vegas. Tickets start at $134 per person. Note: This company departs from North Las Vegas Airport, about 10 miles north of the Strip. Flights depart daily, but know that this tour is available on request only. The company also runs a helicopter tour of Red Rock Canyon, among other outings.
Grand Canyon Helicopters – King of Canyons Sunset
Expect to spend four hours away once you’re picked up from your hotel in a limousine for this tour. Once in the air, enjoy views of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon before stopping at the canyon floor for a picnic with sparkling wine. From there, you’ll take in more views of the canyon, the desert landscape and the Strip set against the brilliant colors of sunset. Reviewers give this tour high marks, calling the scenery stunning, amazing and breathtaking. Pricing starts at $519 per person. Tours depart around 5:30 p.m. daily. Grand Canyon Helicopters flies several other Grand Canyon helicopter tours as well as tours of Las Vegas.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters – Highlights Over Grand Canyon Air Tour
During this 70-minute airplane tour, you’ll fly over the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and Grand Canyon West, among other sights. Along with the views, you’ll also enjoy audio commentary (available in several languages) and round-trip transportation between most Las Vegas hotels. Many reviewers label this trip as a bucket-list opportunity and laud the incredible flight experience. On the flip side, a handful of reviewers complain about poor customer service. Tours, which depart at several times each day, cost around $200 per person and last four hours from start to finish. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters also offers several other tours of the Grand Canyon in both helicopters and airplanes.
5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours – Grand Canyon Eagle Point Rim Landing Tour
This 4 1/2-hour journey includes hotel pickup and drop-off, live commentary from an expert pilot and stellar views of the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam and more. Plus, you’ll have 30 minutes to explore the scenery at Eagle Point Rim. You can also add access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk for an additional fee. Reviewers enjoy the tour, with many citing the fun and informative pilots as a highlight of the trip. Tickets cost approximately $430 per person. Tours depart multiple times daily. In addition to Grand Canyon tours, the company offers helicopter tours of Las Vegas proper.