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I wasn’t flying myself, so while it doesn’t entirely fit in with the theme of my blog, I couldn’t resist writing about my recent Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas.

I’m going to keep it short and let the pictures do most the talking.

The limousine that was sent to collect me from my hotel, (always a nice touch) dropped me off at the airport which took around 5 minutes. Check-in was a simple ID check, while standing on the scale that was built into the floor. There was a nice lounge area to wait in where they showed the safety video and after about twenty minutes, the pilot came to collect my group.

Another 5 minutes of a quick safety demonstration on the apron, and we were strapped in and ready to go.

The tour leaves the airport, quickly blasts over the strip and then heads off towards Lake Mead.

Flying to lake mead by helicopter from Las Vegas

Approaching Lake Mead

 

the view of lake mead from the front seat of the helicopter from las vegas

The view from the front seat.

 

The view was awesome and this quickly brought us to the Hoover Dam, which is much smaller than I expected, but cool regardless.

Hoover Dam and bridge as visible from the helicopter from las vegas

Hoover Dam from the front.

 

the back of the hoover dam as visible from the helicopter from las vegas

A quick lap brought us around to see the back of the dam.

 

Onwards and to the entrance of the Grand Canyon. The scenery was already amazing, but was now starting to get to the point of spectacular.

 

the entrance to the grand canyon on the helicopter tour from las vegas

A short ride on from the dam, we were at the entrance to the Grand Canyon.

 

grand canyon on the helicopter tour from las vegas

Starting to get into the good stuff.

 

view of the colorado river in the grand canyon on the helicopter tour from las vegas

Crazy to think, that’s the river that carved the grand canyon

 

Time for lunch. We landed in the canyon for a picnic under the shade and a glass of champagne.

 

the view from inside the grand canyon where the helicopter tour landed

This was the view from where we had a picnic.

 

We then jumped back in and set off for the Grand Canyon airport to refuel, giving us a view along the top and from the other side of the canyon.

 

heading to grand canyon airport by helicopter heading to grand canyon airport by helicopter heading to grand canyon airport by helicopter refuelling the helicopter at grand canyon airport

 

We then went back, roughly along the same route, back over Lake Mead once more.

 

Lake Mead by helicopter from the Grand Canyon