At first it seemed we were not desting to see this natural wonder of the world, we were in Las Vegas for 2 days and on the second day we were booked on a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. About half way into our helicopter tour our pilot turned around as he had word there was a storm rolling into the canyon. He said we could get lost if we went in so it was hard to swallow but I guess we didn’t want to get lost! We got our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon from the air and had to turn around.
As you can see from the picture above, it was looking pretty bad by the time we reached the entrance of the canyon. The tour company offered us another trip the next day but we had too many time constraints and the risk of cloud still being there was quite high unfortunately. So on our quest to see the canyon, we decided to incorporate it into the next leg of our road trip. From Vegas it is about a 2 hour journey to reach the west canyon and if you are a sucker for a scenic view then you will love this drive.
Along the way you can visit the Hoover Dam and briefly cross into Arizona, which is well worth it if you have the time.
I’ve briefly spoken about my geography geek tendencies in this post but I refused to visit Vegas and not see the Grand Canyon, so onwards we went. Throughout the drive you go through derelict looking caravan villages (which are a little spooky but amazing) and you see plenty of open beautiful land.
When you reach the Grand Canyon National Park the drive gets even better, twisting and turning through western like roads. Then you reach a car park where you can stop and get refreshments and buy your tickets for the sky walk if you wanted. We did as I wanted to see as much of the Canyon as possible.
A short bus drive later and you reach the point in which you can walk out onto a glass bottomed bridge into the open Canyon! Which isn’t for the faint hearted or if you are scared of heights but, it’s worth it if you want to get a different perspective of the Canyon.
I was personally happy with just the view from the edge of the Canyon. I couldn’t believe there were no barriers to the edge! It’s so steep and vast that is was almost too much to take in.
I am so happy we decided to take a little detour and visit the Grand Canyon before reaching Furnace Creek. More about that adventure to come but for now I would love to hear about everyone else’s experiences at the Grand Canyon.