Las Vegas, Nevada
I highly recommend seeing Grand Canyon by helicopter. The ride from Las Vegas only 45 minutes, with helicopter pilot Heather, who was professional and competent. Flying over Vegas, Boulder City, Hoover Dam, and surrounding desert areas, before reaching Grand Canyon was beautiful. Flying over Grand Canyon was spectacular, then flying down and landing next to the Colorado river, 20 minute ride on a boat, was also fun. Next, we flew back up to the top to begin our tour of the Hualapai ranch, the skywalk was memorable, and after reading many other reviews about the wait to get onto the skywalk, was pleasantly surprised to be able to walk straight on to it. Lunch was also included, which was very nice with several options. We were also able to walk right up to the edge, which is fantastic, hardly any barriers, so be careful with kids.
We were picked up at our hotel at 0950, returned at approx 1730, so quite a long day, but it was jam-packed with beautiful views and activity. We did the tour on Jan 27, 2014. The weather was beautiful, but got quite cool after 1430, so make sure to take a jacket.
I believe this is the best option to see Grand Canyon, and even though I thought it was expensive when I booked it, you will be blown away, and it is so worth it.
Las Vegas, Nevada
We loved Death Valley!! Our guide was Jack, who made the trip as special as it was, with his bright, unflagging enthusiasm for Death Valley, and his vast knowledge of the area. We travelled on Jan 25, 2014, and even though the day was beautiful, it was very cool, so take a jacket and even some gloves, but warmed up when we travelled down onto the valley floor.
We were picked up at our hotel, Monte Carlo, at approx 0615, and we're returned at approx 1700, so it is a long day, approx 400km Jack stated. But that was fine by us, as we wanted to see lots of desert.
The salt flats were amazing, the small towns, and the ghost town were also very interesting. Looking at all the colours of the hills at the Artists Dream were amazing, and difficult to capture on an ordinary camera, so you must view it with your eyes.
We had just arrived from New Zealand, the day before, and I was worried I would be too tired to handle a long drive, but we had frequent stops, and there were ample toilet breaks, also. We also did plenty of short walks, and a boxed breakfast and lunch were also provided. You also were able to buy more food and drink at different places if you needed.
We loved Death Valley. If I ever returned, I would do the same trip again, and ask for Jack!! He has a real respect and love for the area, which shows in all his explanations, and he wants you to feel it to!!
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