Las Vegas, Nevada
The helicopter’s rotor fired up, whirring above our heads. Our pilot took the controls and we abruptly started to hover off the bottom, emerging into the sky above Las Vegas.
It was once early within the morning, about 7am, simply after daybreak at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas.
Anna and I had been flying out to the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters once they’d picked us up from the Venetian Hotel.
I really like helicopters. When I used to be a child, I sought after to develop into a pilot (good enough, I nonetheless do).
Scenic helicopter flights like this are probably the most issues I now and again splurge on after I go back and forth. Not simplest is it a great cool enjoy simply flying in them, however the aerial images alternatives are very good too!
I used to be particularly taking a look ahead to flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. After touring the arena for years, this was once if truth be told going to be my first actual travel to the Grand Canyon!
Leaving Las Vegas
The adventure began as we flew above the Las Vegas strip in Maverick’s eight particular person ECO Star EC-130 helicopter. It was once a laugh taking a look down at the casinos and landmarks of Vegas from the plane’s massive home windows.
Iconic inns just like the the Venetian, the MGM Grand, or even the golden (and gaudy) Trump Tower.
Flying clear of Vegas, we entered the desolate and lovely Nevada desolate tract. A huge dry mountain panorama stretching on for miles. We handed over Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano that was once shaped about 13 million years in the past because the crust round Lake Mead stretched skinny.
Next it was once directly to the spectacular Hoover Dam, the place we turned around a couple of instances to recognize this surprise of engineering and exertions constructed throughout the Great Depression that hired 21,000 employees.
A large 60-story wall of concrete and metal, the Hoover Dam supplies electrical energy to towns close by the usage of the ability of the Colorado River. When it was once constructed, it was once the most important concrete construction on this planet.
Lake Mead & The Valley Of Fire
The Hoover Dam holds again the brilliant blue waters of Lake Mead, the most important fresh-water reservoir within the United States. It’s tricky to get a way of simply how massive this lake is till you fly over it.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area supplies many alternatives for boating, mountaineering, biking, and tenting inside its barriers.
Another landmark we handed on our helicopter adventure to the Grand Canyon is the Valley Of Fire, a shocking & colourful valley within the Mojave Desert stuffed with ordinary Aztec sandstone outcrops.
This magnificent purple sandstone panorama was once shaped by means of nice transferring sand dunes throughout the age of the dinosaurs greater than 150 million years in the past.
While flying over it was once superior, using during the Valley Of Fire is an excellent day travel or weekend getaway from Las Vegas if you wish to break out from the town!
Landing In The Grand Canyon!
Finally, the West Rim of the Grand Canyon itself got here into view. I knew it was once going to be epic, and wasn’t disillusioned.
The canyon was once shaped by means of the Colorado River chopping channels thru layers of rock over thousands and thousands of years, exposing colourful bands of rock that divulge a wealthy geological historical past of the Earth.
But we didn’t simply fly over the Grand Canyon, oh no. We descended and flew THROUGH it, cruising previous steep canyon partitions on each and every aspect of the helicopter. So a lot a laugh!
Then, as though that wasn’t sufficient pleasure, we landed within the Grand Canyon itself. A particular faraway house of Hualapai Indian Territory, perched on a cliff 300 toes above the Colorado River.
Here we watched the morning solar crest over the partitions of the canyon with champagne and snacks. Hiking round to recognize the herbal surroundings and taking pictures sooner than starting up once more for Las Vegas.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
This was once the Wind Dancer Grand Canyon Tour from Las Vegas. It features a Grand Canyon touchdown with champagne and snacks.
While there are lots of other time-slots, we select the early morning one to steer clear of crowds and for the delightful morning gentle, which is generally higher for images.
The Grand Canyon helicopter flights are widespread, and the touchdown zone can accommodate a couple of helicopters. Because we selected the primary flight of the morning, we had the entire position to ourselves!
Maverick gives different sorts of helicopter flights too, like a shorter Las Vegas Strip Tour (to be had each throughout the day or at night time) plus a HeliYoga Tour. ★
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