There are dozens of ways to experience the Grand Canyon and surrounding National Park but only one truly encapsulates the grand scale and majesty – taking a helicopter tour to see the Canyon from above.
With over 4926 square kilometres, you could spend hours flying over the National Park but the highlights – the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and the Skywalk – are all covered on the 40-minute flight and even the option to land inside the Grand Canyon as well!
Have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person? It does often seem that all good things happen in the early hours, or at least that’s what my morning-person friend said as she tried to lure me out of bed with thoughts of bacon and bircher muesli.
It is something that seems to stick in my mind though. Some of the best experiences do happen in the morning – kayak trips, snorkelling with dolphins; sunrises are supposedly better than sunsets according to my friend and of course brunch, her favourite food group.
I couldn’t deny mornings are magical, providing my sunglasses were fixed to my face, as I headed into the Nevada desert to watch the sunrise over the peaks and eroded dips of the mountains in the Grand Canyon National Park from the comfort of a helicopter.
Our groups chariot for the morning.
Taxi, ready for take-off.
Where desert meets the green(ery).
The Hoover Dam is down there.
Islands rise up out of the waters of Lake Mead.
The colours and patterns of the eroding canyon.
Tendrils of land are uncovered because of drought stricken Lake Mead.
Grand canyons in the distance and our pilot guiding us through.
The murky Colorado River snaking through the canyon.
Remi was co-piloting our flight!
The Grand Canyon from way up high.
Now it’s over to you:
Which city or landmark would you like to fly over?
Tell me, what is your best early morning adventure?
A variety of tour packages are available;
Planning your own trip to Las Vegas?
My trip to the USA was arranged by Discover America to coincide with the DMAI Conference.
Many thanks to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for hosting me.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.