Grand Canyon, Las Vegas
Travelling to the Grand Canyon by air was great. Attempt to take an early trip rather than late as our flight was delayed by 45 minutes due to previous delays in the day. In October it was dark when we left so less chance of seeing the view.
By air the chance of good photos of Hoover Damn and the Canyon are great.
Try to get there and return in daylight. More opportunities for photos. In addition we went on the last trip of the day which was delayed by 45 minutes. Avoid this time if you can. The Hoover Damn looked good.
The Grand Canyon is awesome. Be wary it is cold. The shop when you got there could have charged double the amount for sweatshirts and jumpers and we would have bought them. The grey one was cheaper than my blue one. Neither lasted beyond the first wash when we got home. However, they were worth it.
If you have the chance you must take a trip to the Grand Canyon. We flew for a half day trip buying tickets from one of the travel shops on the strip. A tip - make sure that it is suitable for children if you have them. We were advised to go to teh south rim which was no problem.
The Canyon is fantastic
Of course we couldn't stay in Las Vegas and not visit the Grand Canyon. We took a coach tour to the west rim of the canyon (more beautiful and less touristy than the south rim-no macdonalds or shops anywhere-just pure unspoilt natural beauty) and went to the airfield there.We then got in a helicopter which took us down into the canyon.This was the most amazing experience- the ground just seems to break open and you seem to drop into a massive hole ,it was fantastic.In the canyon we went on a raft along the colarado river.Apparently the canyon floor is 25 degrees hotter than above and it certainly felt it! We then flew back up and drove along to the Havusupai Indian reservre where we had lunch on the edge of the canyon.You could see for miles.The sense of freedom there is unreal.There were no barriers along the edge , no tacky photo points...just space for you to appreciate the views...and realise how insignificant we all are in the scheme of things.It does make you kind of philisophical, its just one of those things that you marvel at and want to keep looking at again and again.
What an amazing view!!!!
We went to the North Rim which was a fantastic trip but very expensive, for 3 of us in 2002 it was over 400 pounds sterling, that included flights and a barbecue on the edge of the Grand Canyon. However I have read that a trip to the south Rim gives a better overall panorama over the Canyon although that trip by plane is even more expensive.
It's a fairly long drive to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, but that's what we did. I always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, so for me it was worth the trip. We also passed through Hoover Dam along the way and the views were spectacular. Driving in the Arizona desert can be a little boring though.
Leave one morning to visit Grand Canyon.
A flight can be booked for only $100 (only flight). The tour company picks you up in your hotel early in the morning.
There are many places where to book this tour, just walk around the main street.
This doesn't really need any introduction. One of natures most spectacular sites. We paid around $220 for a helicopter flight to the bottom of the canyon floor and have a champagne lunch. This has got to be the best way to see and appreciate this magnificent place.
When you're in Las Vegas, spend one day to do a trip to the Grand Canyon. You can book a trip there in most hotels. But the cheapest is to book it already at home. The little planes go from Las Veags airport to the Grand Canyon airport. There you continue your trip by bus around the most famous spots of these amazing nature-event. Lunch in a nice restaurant is included.
Be prepared for cold wheather (it was 35°C in Las Vegas and 11°C on the Grand Canyon) and take some warm clothes with you or you'll end up wearing the same stupid pullover as all the other tourists who forgot to take along a jacket...
There are a variety of flights and companies to choose from. But, depending on your budget you can go from $100 upwards for a flight of a life time over the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon (and more I am sure).
I felt so humble, so small that it is hard to describe.
Fly over the grand canyon and the hoover dam. At that time it was $140,- to fly. The flight was with a piper, a small twin engine plane with a capacity of about 10 people.
This is the most beautiful way to discover the great views the grand canyon offers. The trip stops in Arizona and by bus you also can discover a part of the grand canyon. After a few hours you fly back to Las Vegas.
Grand Canyon National Park - it seems strange calling something a 5 hour drive away from Vegas one of its must see activities. The local tourist brochures certainly seem to think it a local attraction!
As a visitor from the UK the Grand Canyon was a great add on to Vegas - if you live in the States there is no exscuse not to go there in its own right.
See my Grand Canyon notes for more info.
Only 300 miles from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon is a mile deep and 277 miles long. It follows the path of the Colorado River. The South and North rims are literally two different destinations for those drivings. The South Rim is open year-round, but the less-traveled North Rim is closed due to snow from mid-October until mid-May.
Accommodations and campgrounds are available on both rims.
Fly to the Grand Canyon! See Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Canyon from the air.
Flying is by far the best way for the time-limited tourist to get a grasp of what the Canyon is really like. The views of Lake Mead are also stunning - the photograph shows the fractal shoreline.