The Grand Canyon, located in the state of Arizona, has long since been considered one of the most magnificent sights in not only America, but the entire world. The 446km-long and 29km-wide geological wonder has been one of the planet’s biggest tourist attractions for hundreds of years, with anything up to 5 million visitors expected annually. That is not to say that the Grand Canyon is simply a tourist spot alone; Native American settlers have continuously inhabited the area for thousands of years and the site is considered to be holy ground in some cultures. A wealth of beauty and history await visitors to one of the Wonders Of The Natural World.
Despite being situated in Arizona, with the Colorado River carving its way through the 6,000ft-deep rock valley, the Grand Canyon is ideally located for day trips from the bright lights of Las Vegas. Coach trips from Sin City take approximately three hours and are the perfect getaway for those who wish to indulge in a little sightseeing that doesn’t involve showgirls or slot machines. Pocket Vegas offers a wide range of excursions to the Grand Canyon, with a variety of methods of transport and sightseeing tours available.
To enjoy ultimate luxury against one of the world’s most impressive backdrops, Pocket Vegas offers a Grand Canyon Champagne Picnic, which includes 45-minute helicopter transfers to the site and hotel pickup before the tour. A state-of-the-art EC-130 helicopter will fly over the stunning canyon, offering the best views possible, before landing 3200 feet below the Western Rim, where a champagne picnic will be served right in the depths of the canyon itself. The half-day tour also passes over the famous Hoover Dam and offers aerial views of Las Vegas’ famous Strip.
For an authentic Western experience, there is the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour & Ranch Adventure. Also featuring a helicopter transfer, the scenic tour combines incredible views with a real Wild West atmosphere, as visitors will land 1500 feet below the rim of the canyon before heading for the Grand Canyon Ranch. Riding on horse-drawn wagons, visitors are then invited to enjoy lunch or refreshments at the ranch house itself, with Western entertainment provided by real-life cowboys.
Helicopters are not the only way to truly experience the breathtaking splendor of the Grand Canyon, with a Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Combo making use of lavish SUVs and a boat to travel up the river. The helicopter ride into the canyon is also included, with plenty of free time after the boat trip to visit the best photography vantage points and even try the famous Sky Walk.