Grand Canyon, Las Vegas
If you're staying in Vegas and want to see the Grand Canyon but are stretched for time, I suggest doing a helicopter tour. It takes about an hour to fly there, during which you pass by some amazing scenery, such as the Hoover Dam (if you could call that scenery?!?) and the pilot tells you alot about the areas as you fly over them. Depending on which tour you take, you can either simply fly over the Canyon without stopping, or you can stop for a picnic in the Canyon (which is what we did). A wonderful picnic basket of goodies was supplied, which we enjoyed during our 45 minute stopover in the Canyon (plenty of time for photos).
If you choose the sunset tour like we did then the return journey is almost the best part, as the sun is setting right in front of you as you fly back to Vegas. The sky looks so beautiful from up there! By the time you get back to Vegas, night has fallen and the lights of Vegas are on show, so you will take a turn and fly down the strip over all the lights! Amazing!
Total tour time is approx 3 1/2 hours for the tour we did; cost approx $390 per person but it is an experience to last a lifetime!! And there are cheaper option available if you choose not to have the picnic and not go at sunset.
Maverick Helicopters offer tours of the Grand Canyon. I chose to do the Wind Dancer tour as it is one of the cheaper options and therefore the most popular. I didnt book in advance deciding to wait until I arrived in Las Vegas hoping for a fine blue sky day. I was not disappointed.
Maverick pick you up from your hotel and take you to their base at McGarron Airport. After a safety briefing and a weight check you are introduced to your pilot and escorted to your helicopter which is very modern and state of the art.
Then the fun begins. Your helicopter, along with up to three others lifts off convoy style taking in Las Vegas sights before heading off towards Hoover Dam and the Canyon.
Your pilot provides an informative running commentary of all the places you pass. Lake Mead in particular is very pretty. Soon after the colours of the canyon begin to emerge and it is all just so breathtaking.
Your helicopter lands briefly on a ledge at the side of the canyon giving you a close up view of the Colorado river. Time for quick refreshments and photo opportunities before the return trip.
The helicopter takes an alternate route back to Las Vegas stopping to refuel.
This is not an economical way of seeing the canyon but as many people have only a short time to spend in Las Vegas it is certainly worth doing for the experience alone.
Maverick Helicopters is a very professional company. I felt completely safe in the capable hands of our experienced pilot.
I would point out that the seat you are given is based on the weight calculations. Ideally you would hope to get a front seat next to the pilot as this is the optimum place to sit and the best value for your money.
I have seen both of the rims of the Grand Canyon and in my own experience, I like the North Rim than the South Rim! I was in Grand Canyon in 1990, in the North Rim to watch the sunrise. It was an experience of a lifetime!The Grand Canyon lit up like there was fire all over the horizon and it was beautiful and exhilirating...
Last year, I was on the South Rim. It is also beautiful. But, not equally as beautiful as the North Rim.
I heard about the helicopter ride. I have not experienced that because it was kind of expensive for us as a family. But, I am sure, when you take the helicopter ride that you will enjoy both the north and the south rims!
I booked this trip before travelling from the UK online. It was a really good day out from start to finish. The coach guide was superb and gave a lot of information on the way to the Canyon. The coach was very comfortable and the whole booking experience was easy and hassle free.
The Grand Canyon was awesome. The 2 1/2 mile walk around the rim was easy and disabled friendly. Everyone visiting Las Vegas should try and get to the Canyon as it is a special site to take in and one i will not forget. The coach trip was very long but well worth the effort. There are easier and quicker ways to get there but it was nice learning about all the places along the way on the coach. The IMAX film was ok. It was nothing special but added to the day.
The South Rim is the most famous part of the Grand Canyon, and the busiest too. It is the place you may have seen already in National Geographic.
When you enter the park you get a free copy of the park Guide, with a lot of informations, announcements about activities.
Mather Point is the most popular viewpoint on the South Rim as it is closest to the entrance. The majority of visitors including me first gaze over the Grand Canyon here, although other lookout point have probably better views for photos.
The South Rim averages more then 2100 metres above sea level. The Colorado River flows along the bottom of the canyon, about 1500 metres below the rim. Because of the enormous depth of the Canyon, the river is visible only from certain viewpoints.
At the famous Bright Angel Lodge you can shop, take pictures, and stroll the walkways to gaze out at the colorful sites. Across the horizon, you may see the painted peak of Isis Temple and the neighboring flat-topped formation known as Cheops Pyramid. Looking east, the Clear Creek becomes visible, which has formed a deep, private canyon towards the Walhalla Plateau.
The Grand Canyon, one of the wonders of the world, has been created by Colorado River cutting through rock for two billion years. The canyon is 446 km long, from 6 to 24 kilometers wide and more than a mile deep.
Alot of the formations of the Grand Canyon have Egyptian names, such as Cheops Pyramid, Isis Temple, Tower of Set, Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, etc. Some of the names are of East Indian gods, such as Buddha Cloister, Vishnu Temple or Brahma Temple; there is a Zoroaster Temple, which is Persian.
Park Entrance Fee $12 valid for seven days.
I went to the coca-cola bottle on the strip to book. The lady there is just brilliant. She booked us with Maverick. Everything was totaly organised. They picked us up from the Hotel+dropped us back. It was the best experience of my life.We went in the morning+got a champayne breakfast when we landed on the Canyon. A must if you're heading to Vagus.
if you are in las vegas for more than a couple of days a tour of the grand canyon is a very worth while thing to do. the grand canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. you can book a bus, airplane, or helicopter tour of the canyon at the grand canyon experience on the strip or at any major hotel. the info on the grand canyon experience is listed below.
If you want a comfortable, personalized trip to the Canyon, Pink Jeep's SUV package will be the most idea option. The car picks you up at most of known Casino & resorts and will send you directly back to hotel after the journey. The whole thing lasts about 8 hours.
It is a non-stop drive, however, one have to change to local bus tour when entering Hualapai reservation and follow their routes to visit eagle point (Sky walk is optional) and Guano point (Lunch Buffet at Guano point). The time at both points are in fact limited - 2-3 hrs incl. lunch time.
On the way back, the driver will stop at Joshua tree forest for photo shooting, but that's it.
$208 Per person before tax, lunch included but not Sky walk.
Take a trip to the grand canyon in a helicopter as the views are unbelievable. The tours vary from just a short fly over to a longer flight and a landing in the canyon itself. It is one of the worlds great wonders and everyone who visits vegas should try and get to see it. Also an added benefit iss that if you cant manage to go to the hoover dam itself you will get a fly over of the dam as well(but if you can make the dam it is well worth seeing as well as its one of the best pieces of engineering in the world).
I would recommend anyone visiting Las Vegas to do the helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon it was an amazing experience. We set off about 1pm and they flew us over lake mead and over the hoover dam it took about 45 minutes to get to the rim of the canyon but once inside the views are spectacular. We booked with Papillion tours and they touch down in the canyon for about 30 minutes (couldn't do any longer as it was too hot 114º in the shade) and you are provided with a picnic. The trip from start to finish is about 2½ hours and it is well worth the money.
As I've said in my other postings, get away from the smoky haze, cheap food, and free drinks and see some nature. The Canyon is a short drive (3 hours or so) away if you go the cheap route on your won. Or a quick Helicopter flight if you've done well in the casinos. Even book yourself a tour with the concierge and hop on a bus with the rest of the tourists. Then you can see one of Mother Nature's greatest works. No picture you've ever seen can do justice to this amazing site. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of its close proximity and check this out.
The Grand Canyon is one of natures marvels. Just standing on the edge looking down makes one feel chills at the thought of the forces that created such a "monument."
the newly opened "walk" will give visitors a view never before encountered. Walking on "glass" in the CN Tower in Toronto is nothing compared to what this will be like.
A trip to Las Vegas just has to include a Grand Canyon sojourn.....and from what we saw in 2004....flying is the way to do it....
I really do a lot of homework before a big trip and this was no different...after many nights poring over so many web pages...We decided on the Grand Canyon Tour Company and booked a day trip....On arriving at the airport I realised that it didn't really matter who i'd booked with.....it was Scenic Airways that actually did the tour, they were very organised and efficient....
A 15 seater Twin Otter plane with big windows for easy viewing whisked us up and away from Vegas....Lake Mead was under us within minutes it seemed...what a monstrous body of water...stretching for ever into the distance
Next was the grandeur of the Hoover Dam under the wing.....reminding me of Chevy Chase hanging there in his Vegas Vacation movie......(check out our Grand Canyon Travelogue for some photos)
After about 50 minutes to an hour we were flying over the Grand Canyon itself....no words to decribe the size or just how spectacular it really is....(maybe I'd have the words if I'd worked harder in my english class at school)
We landed and hopped into a bus for the next 4 hours or so....lumch was our first stop...very organised...very fast...plenty of food...but not much quality i'm afraid.....4 out of 10 for lunch...sorry
The afternoon was spent sightseeing at a couple of spots on the rim...fantastic views...we checked out the Mules that take tourists down to the floor of the canyon, there were so many, maybe a hundred.....as we were looking at them a train pulled into the siding....very nice restored steam engine that apparently comes from Arizona every day...then a bit of souvenir shopping and then the flight back....threading our way between two thunderstorms as we flew back to Las Vegas.....a truly great day....
The All American Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Landing & Champagne Picnic Lunch
We paid $579.98 for the two of us for the above tour online with looktours.com
We were picked up from our hotel by limo (which we didn't pay extra for) by Sundance Helicopters which was the company they used. The journey only take a few minutes to the airport as the limo was full of hotel guests from just our hotel.
We really enjoyed this tour and it is worth doing, even for the money as it is worth every penny.
We paid a fuel surcahrge when we 'checked' in and photo i.d. is required.
We had a new jet helicopter but it did not have two way radio, though the pilot kept us entertained with many pieces of information about Vegas and our journey.
We flew over Hover Dam and Lake Mead and then down onto a ledge in the Grand Canyon. We stopped for 30mins where we took many photos as well as having a champagne lunch which consisted of a sandwich, bag of vegies and cookie as well as a few other items. Not great, but it fills a whole.
With this tour you do not land at the top or bottom of the Canyon, but on a ledge two thirds down. Though this does not affect the stanard of photographs you can take.
The journey takes 45mins each way and is simply breathtaking. We are both quite light people so we had the two front seats each way which was lucky.
Do this tour, it is worth it and is certainly very memorable.
We decided to opt for a helicopter tour of the canyon. It is definitely worth the money not to mention the travel time you save. But the best part was getting to land in the canyon and having a champagne lunch. The meal is not a gourmet's dream but just being down there and being able to walk around a bit with a glass of champagne was great !!! The only misleading thing was the helicopter ride originated at another airport (not the Vegas airport) about a 50min ride by minivan. The brochure did not make that very clear.