When you travel all over the world we see things everyday that inspires us. Maybe it’s a tourist attraction, a beach or a famous street. After my recent trip to Vegas, nothing can prepare you for a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
Even standing in one vantage point the scale is so vast that only a fraction of the canyon is visible to the eye. At approximately 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over one mile long it’s understandable why the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Carved by the Colorado River, it is thought that it has been running through the canyon for 17 million years.
It became an official national monument in 1908 and a national park in 1919 and is located in Arizona despite the Grand Canyon Skywalk which is 4000 feet above the canyon floor having access from both Las Vegas in Nevada and Kingman in Arizona.
We booked our flight and tour with Serenity Helicopters located in Boulder city. The service was exceptional from start to finish. We were picked up at the door of our hotel by Garland in an air-conditioned luxury van with ice cold water which after a heavy night on the strip was very welcome. We then made the 30-40 minute drive to Boulder City where we would be boarding our helicopter. After complimentary coffee and bottled water and a safety briefing we were all set for what would be an unforgettable experience.
Brett our Pilot was brilliant. He was experienced, knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Watching him clearly do what he loves soon puts any anxieties about the flight to rest and you soon start to get swept up in views that you can’t even begin to imagine. We flew from Nevada to Arizona over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before approaching the West Rim. It was here we landed in the canyon we were served champagne and breakfast with nothing but the sun and stunning scenery for company.
We travelled around America for three weeks and seen things we never thought we would ever get to see. We sailed to Alcatraz Island and visited the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Seen the Hollywood sign and walked on the hot white sand of Venice Beach. We walked in Elvis Presley’s shoes and embraced Times Square but nothing even comes close to a helicopter ride around one of the most beautiful natural phenomenon this world has to offer.