When most people hit Vegas they think of booze, gambling & crazy nightlife! I don't know if it's because when I was modeling I was in Vegas quite a bit, but when I do Vegas these days I'm all about the food, shows & the awesome shopping & I HATE shopping, so that tells you how fabulous the shopping really is!
For many years I had always wanted to do one of the helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon that you see advertised everywhere, but I was always with the wrong group of people (models & ex's) & that was the last thing on there agendas so I never got the chance to go :(
As you can see I was just as big of a nerd then as I am now. I wanted to learn and explore while others wanted to booze it up. The saddest part about it was that a group of playboy bunnys could of totally pitched an idea and gotten a tour like this for absolutely free with all the social postings we all did everywhere we went & none of them still wanted to try & go -_- Getting a free bottle of Dom at a night club and sitting around it while on our phones pretending like we were having the time of our lives was apparently more fun -_-
So the last time hubby and I were in Vegas I made sure that a helicopter tour was the first thing on our to do list & found Sundance Helicopters online! If you watch the Bachelor Sundance my sound familiar since apparently they filmed an episode afew months after our tour with some of the cast :)
Honestly it was one of the coolest experiences of my life & I have traveled all over the world! Not going to lie, it is pretty pricey. Tours start around $295, but it's seriously one of those experiences you will always remember & talk about for years. I'm all about experiences & to me those are the things that matter most no matter what the price may be ;-)
The tour starts out pretty early for a Vegas trip. I believe our hotel pickup time was 7:45. They did however pick us up in a limo, which is pretty common for any tour you book in Vegas. I always think it's a fabulous perk when companies pick you up & you don't have to arrange your own transportation! You know you can't miss your tour!
When you finally get to the airport, which is right off the strip, you will be escorted into the building where you will have to fill out amillion waivers & show ID. I was pretty shocked to find out this company was actually GIANT & had amillion helicopters doing amillion different tours. So you will have to wait for abit in the building until it's time for your helicopter to board.
To give you a better idea of how many helicopters we are talking about. We were on number 69! Thankfully we didn't have to wait for 69 other helicopters to board, but we did have to wait for quite afew. No biggie though. The good thing about this is that the company is pretty big meaning they are reputable! Which is huge when considering flying!
Once in the air your tour will start off taking you over alittle but of the strip. The Grand Canyon is the opposite direction so you will just get a glips of the end of the strip. You can book a strip tour if you are wanting to see more from the air. This was plenty good for us!
The next totally awesome landmark you will fly over is the HOOVER DAM! So cool to see it from the air!!! Hubby legit had the best seat on that helicopter!
And then you will finally start making your descent into the Grand Canyon after about an hour of flying :)
Once there you will enjoy a super cute champagne picnic lunch :) Of course out all the people flying out we were with abunch of people on our helicopter that spoke very few words of English so we didn't really speak to the other people during lunch since hubby and I don't speak a word of French lol. We all did try at first and it really was a lost cause. We didn't understand them at all and they didn't understand us very well lol.
You will then get 30 minutes to explore and take all the pictures you want before heading back to Vegas!
Hubby & I were seriously in awe the whole time! Like is this even real life?!?! Did we really just fly here ina helicopter?!?!
Coolest thing EVER!!!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.