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Home Travel Western Travel Buzz Papillon Airways Now Offering Hoover Dam Helicopter Tours

Papillon Airways Now Offering Hoover Dam Helicopter Tours

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There's a new way to see Hoover Dam, and it gives visitors a bird's eye view of one of the West's most famous National Historic Landmarks.

Papillon Airways, Inc., billed by the company as the worldwide leader in "flightseeing" tours, is now offering its Hoover Dam Helicopter Tour.

Departing daily from either their Las Vegas or Boulder City terminals, the tour flies at low level over the Hoover Dam in a deluxe state of the art EC- 130 Eco-Star helicopter.

Guests will view this engineering marvel rising 726 feet from its foundation which this magnificent structure cannot fully be appreciated until seen from the air. The tour flies over Lake Mead, America's largest man-made reservoir, the tributaries of the Colorado River and the beautiful Black Canyon before returning.

Tour includes transfers to and from all major Las Vegas resorts. Tour duration is approximately 15 to 20 minutes without transfers, or two to two and a half hours with transfers.

The price is $99 per person from Boulder City, or $119 per person from Las Vegas.

Named one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th century, Hoover Dam continues to attract more than one million visitors per year nearly 70 after its creation. In 1930, construction began in Black Canyon, located minutes outside of Las Vegas.

Despite its enormity and harsh desert conditions, the project was completed in less than five years instead of seven and well under budget. The dam is named after America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover.

Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River with 17 generators producing four billion kilowatts of electricity every year.

As for the Colorado River Bridge, it is the central portion of the Hoover Dam Bypass project that began January 2005 and is expected to be completed at the end of 2010. The 2,000 foot long bridge is quite the engineering site. When completed, the bridge will span the Black Canyon, connecting Arizona and Nevada Approach highways and nearly 90 feet above the river.

Founded in 1965, Papillon Airways, Inc. (French for "butterfly") and Grand Canyon Airlines/Scenic Airlines (since 1929) are the largest "flightseeing" companies in the world, with nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination.

For more information or reservations, go to
www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272.