This post is well overdue, I have been back from my holiday for well over a month now and I honestly can't believe I left this long to post some of my holiday snaps and give you the low down on what are some of the best things to do.
Well, I have already given it away with the name of the post but I am going to be sharing with you guys my experience of going to the must-see landmark, which is the world famous and mind blowing Grand Canyon. To be honest, this excursion is like three experiences in one, the first one would actually be stepping foot in and riding on a helicopter (which is an amazing experience in itself), then flying over the several iconic locations like the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and then of course finishing up and landing on the Grand Canyon itself.
The tour guide that we decided to take this trip with was the Sundance Tours, we did our research - scouring the web, trying to find the best deal for the best price and we ended up going with this tour provider because of the several options they had to offer. We ended up choosing one of the tours that sat at mid-price range, this included a champagne picnic when we landed. There are cheaper alternatives and also more expensive ones to tailor to the kind of trip you are looking for, so you can really do whatever suits you.
So after getting on the helicopter, strapping yourself in and familiarising yourself with the helicopter's technical gear, there really is no hanging about before you are up, up and away cruising the air at 150 mph. I must say, if you suffer with motion sickness then taking the right medication before stepping out on one of these contraptions is best advised. I felt a wee bit queezy due to the constant vibrations, nevertheless the breathtaking views are something to keep you occupied and the in-flight narration keeps you posted with constant updates of your surroundings.
You pass over such spectacular views of such monumental landmarks, the first recognisable sight is of the Hoover Dam (pictured just below) - a dam that was built of 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to pave a two-lane highway from San Fran to New York. CRAZY RIGHT? You then get a wonderful view of Lake Mead and you realise how vast it is. It is the largest man-made lake in the U.S at a staggering 112 miles long and 532 ft. deep at it's greatest depth, I can't tell you how huge it looked from the helicopter!
Before reaching your landing point at the Grand Canyon you follow the Colorado River up whilst just taking in how huge the Canyon really is. Once landing, we were given half an hour to take in the views and get some snaps (you can see my best pictures below), to be honest we could have done with a bit longer on the ground, just so we could properly take it in but we were fed with our champagne lunch (which was very nice) and rounded back up onto the helicopter.
It really is such a once in a lifetime experience and I really can't encourage you enough to take the plunge and just go for it if you're travelling through Vegas - it is a must see!