THE HAWAII & ASIA SERIES PT3
GRAND CANYON, VEGAS
I was spending 5 days in Vegas for my birthday at the end of my America’s trip and the options of things to do here are endless. However, not many can top flying over the Grand Canyon in a Helicopter
A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AND INCREDIBLE VIEWS
It was my 2nd time to Vegas after I visited during my U.S.A. and Canada trip 10 years ago. I was sticking to a major budget then and a trip to Pure nightclub was about as adventurous as my time got here. In all fairness it isn’t much better now as I come closer to the end of my 2 years on the road.
WHERE IS THE GRAND CANYON?
Helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon
If you have been to Vegas you will know it’s a haven for tours as much as it is for gambling. Tours can be pretty much booked from anywhere and nothing else will probe this more than knowing I booked my trip in a pharmacy, CVS. There are plenty of people out to do you so where ever you book just make sure it’s within a shop or the reviews online are mostly all positive. If in doubt ask around.
As with all day tours it was an early start and I was picked up from my hotel and taken to the airport. One bit of advice I would say is when you are checking in at the airport is to get to the front asap and ask for the front seat. There will probably be an extra charge of $50 – $60 but it is worth every cent and more. How do I know? I was in the back and spent most of the time looking through the front.
Helicopters aren’t everyone’s thing I know but it’s the only way to see the canyon. Trips can be made overland but the return trip takes 5 hours excluding stops. The drive however would be stunning but I would suggest to rent a car so you can make any stops you wish.
It was my first time taking a helicopter and one that I won’t easily forget. After 10minutes of flying above we then descended into the canyon for the final flight before landing. Here we ended light snacks, a glass of champagne and incredible views that you can only get from taking a flight.
Due to the number of flights we had 10minutes here and then it was off for our last flight before landing back at the airport and being transferred back to the hotel.
The final few days were spent, checking out the Vegas sign, comparing 5 guys and shake shack and then saving myself $400 by sleeping in the airport.
It’s not so much a crazy adventure, if you want that you can always book an open-door helicopter!
My bag, my pride and joy of the last 18 months didn’t arrive in L.A. Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
- Have you been on a helicopter tour, where was it?
- Have you been to the Grand Canyon?
- How did you get there?
Let me know in the comments below . . .