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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!!!
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7/22/2015 08:56:08 am
I think helicopter tours are so much fun. I've been on a couple, and they're wonderful. Everything looks so much different from up in the sky.
robin masshole mommy
7/22/2015 09:11:24 am
I have always wanted to do a helicopter tour like that. And what better place than in Vegas?
7/22/2015 09:18:40 am
What great fun. This will be on my list of things to do in Vegas. My husband has his private pilot licenses and has been on helicopters bunches of times, but I never have. Love the add touch of the picnic lunch.
7/22/2015 12:01:09 pm
It looks like you had a great time! I am not sure I would be brave enough, but maybe I'd take the chance just to see the sights!
7/22/2015 05:52:12 pm
How fun! A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon sounds AMAZING! I've always wanting to do a helicopter tour. There are a few helicopter tours here in Chicago and they are actually decently priced (I've seen some on Groupon for like $150!) <3
We had the chance to do a helicopter tour when we visited Hawaii and it was simply amazing! i'm going to add this to my bucket list for the next time we go to Vegas. I agree with you that those girls should have wanted to do more exploring real life than be buried in their phones at some club. Sounds like you are making up for it now anyways!
7/23/2015 12:48:41 am
It was good to read your post. Very inciteful!
7/23/2015 02:37:33 am
I'm like super jealous here. Looks like heaps of fun and I've never been on a helicopter before. Wow.
7/23/2015 03:09:13 am
What a cool experience! I would love to do this next time we're in Vegas!
7/23/2015 03:10:34 am
I did this trip! It was so much fun, except that I thought it would be all romantic and wonderful, only my husband just wanted to talk to the pilot!! I finally got him to go for a walk with me and all was forgiven. Fun!
7/23/2015 04:12:27 am
This sounds like my idea of a dream date. I would love to fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. I haven't even been to Vegas yet. It's on my list of places to go.
7/23/2015 04:55:37 am
I have never been to Vegas but the helo ride sounds thrilling. I hate shopping toom I only do it once in a while when in the mood.
7/23/2015 07:10:58 am
What a wonderful experience. I've never been to a helicopter ride and I would be very thrilled if I ever experience it.
7/23/2015 08:45:04 am
WOW! What a view. I would be so nervous to get on the helicopter.
7/23/2015 10:20:11 am
One of my long time besties (we met in 6th grade) spent many years of her life living in Vegas as she was a makeup artist for the showgirls. While she loved it and had such a great time, after a while it really started to wear her down and she couldn't wait to get out of there. But, I still want to go visit for myself and take a helicopter tour. How fun!
7/23/2015 11:37:52 am
I've always wanted to visit las vegas. Maybe next year. I'd love to take a helicopter arial view of hawaii's volcanos.
7/23/2015 04:22:43 pm
Wow, this is so different than heading to the beach in the summer. It must have been quite an experience for you. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for sharing, loved you photos!
7/23/2015 10:52:17 pm
Great tour. Next time I visit Las Vegas I am adding one of these tours to my bucket list! Thanks for sharing.
7/24/2015 02:01:24 am
That looks like a lot of fun! I've never been on a helicopter before!
7/24/2015 03:29:34 am
If I were going to do an aerial view, it would be in the Vegas area or in Hawaii. I think both sound amazing. :)
7/24/2015 03:37:26 am
This looks so amazing!! What a great trip.
7/24/2015 03:40:06 am
I've never been on a helicopter tour. It sounds like a lot of fun! The price is a little steep, but seems reasonable. If you go to a show its up there too anyhow.
7/24/2015 04:16:09 am
That is a great adventure to keep in mind for my next Vegas visit! Way cool, and you do look fab next to the helicopter
Nikki | THE TRAVELING GIGNER |
7/24/2015 04:29:57 am
Girl after my own heart here!! I'd much rather be learning :) I want to do this the next time I go to Vegas!
7/24/2015 04:48:18 am
Wow what an experience to remember! I want to go on a helicopter ride!
7/24/2015 04:53:59 am
This looks really fun - except that I am crazy afraid of heights. My sons would love it though!!!
7/24/2015 05:07:34 am
Wow, what an amazing experience! The views and the scenery are wonderful! That would be a once in a lifetime experience for me.
7/24/2015 05:15:18 am
It certainly looks like you two had a good time. There is not another place I like more than Grand Canyon, I am just not sure I could do it in a helicopter - I think I will keep my feet on the ground :) Still, I love the amazing photos!
7/24/2015 07:29:55 am
What an awesome experience! I have never been in a helicopter before. That's fun you had a picnic too.
7/24/2015 10:39:38 am
I love Las Vegas, I haven't been there awhile and it's about that time to go back! Price wise actually that is comparable to how much they charge to swim with Dolphins in Cancun! :-)
7/24/2015 10:39:39 am
This sounds so amazing and it looks like you had a fantastic time indeed. It looks so romantic for sure. Hopefully one day I can do this. Thanks for sharing.
7/24/2015 10:59:44 am
That looks like an amazing opportunity! I don't know if I would have the courage to go up in a helicopter but it should would be thrilling! Thank you for sharing your experience with us! :)
7/24/2015 11:02:46 am
Ahh! That looks like so much fun!!! Next time we hit Vegas, we are so going on one of those tours. We are planning a trip for my 30th birthday next year!
7/24/2015 12:30:59 pm
I can vouch for a helicopter ride. Its an entirely different experience and every one should try it, at least once. I did it in Colorado and we loved it. The swiftness of a helicopter cannot be matched by any other plane. Fun thing they even provided picnic for you guys :)
7/24/2015 01:46:51 pm
This looks like it was a nice experience. I liked the pictures you took of the town from the helicopter. Beautiful! Thanks :)
7/24/2015 02:47:32 pm
The helicopter tour looks like a lot of fun, and the champagne picnic lunch is also a nice touch. But, I don't know if I can get over my fear of heights to do something like this.
7/24/2015 02:52:56 pm
We are going to Vegas next spring. I have thought about doing this.
7/24/2015 04:51:06 pm
OMG, this looks like so much fun, I would love to go on a helicopter tour. This is the perfect romantic date!
7/24/2015 05:27:52 pm
I always wanted to fly in a helicopter, it looks like a lot of fun!
7/24/2015 05:33:24 pm
What an experience this would be! I hope to one day make it to Las Vegas as it has always been on the bucket list of destinations I want to see!
7/24/2015 09:41:33 pm
It's so cool to see the scenic Grand Canyon via Helicopter. You get a better perspective of the area by that view.
7/25/2015 05:19:06 am
How thrilling it must have been to ride the helicopter. I would love to do this one day.
7/25/2015 05:21:11 am
What a fun tour! I hope to make it Las Vegas one day. I would definitely take this tour.
7/25/2015 06:52:48 am
Next time I visit Vegas, I want to see more than the strip. I hope to explore more of the area.
7/25/2015 07:02:28 am
I've always wanted to take a helicopter tour. Such a fun idea and love all the pictures!
7/25/2015 08:14:22 am
That would be a fun way to see the Grand Canyon. I'm afraid of heights though and don't enjoy flying so you won't be seeing me do it!
7/25/2015 09:03:10 am
Wow, what an experience of a lifetime! It looks like you both had a wonderful time! So glad you got to do it!
R U S S
7/25/2015 01:00:21 pm
This looks like a super fun tour - just look at all those lovely photos you took. I would love to try this in one of my future trips.
7/26/2015 01:47:20 am
Awww! You look beautiful and so sexy. I bet it is wild and fun ride. The views are breath taking
7/26/2015 03:23:09 am
We've been to Vegas several times and have never done the helicopter tours. Maybe we'll have to do this on our next visit.
7/26/2015 07:32:11 am
Those views! Gosh, I've never been to Las Vegas but you make me want to go!
7/27/2015 07:12:29 am
That looks like so much fun and romantic. We had a helicopter tour in San Diego but never in Vegas.
7/27/2015 11:42:48 am
That's really cool. What a great way to see the area and take it all in!
7/28/2015 12:19:35 pm
What a lovely couple! I also think this is the coolest thing ever. I would love to get in a helicopter and take tour.
8/3/2015 04:56:07 pm
I would love to be able to experience flying ina helicopter and doing a scenic tour!
9/8/2015 08:36:38 pm
How exciting! This looks like so much fun :)
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