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From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon: A Larger-Than-Life Experience

Grand Canyon Travel Blog

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, 300 miles from the Grand Canyon...

That's a four-hour drive by car, and less than an hour flight by helicopter. Since the Grand Canyon was in my backyard, I never felt a pressing urge to visit even though it's one of the most written about and most photographed places on Earth. I just assumed I'd get around to it someday.

Well, someday finally came. I won't tell you my age, but suffice to say, my Grand Canyon visit was at least 30 years overdue. Just a few years ago, I went on a bus tour to the canyon’s popular South Rim. I don't really know how to describe the experience, as nothing prepared me for the feeling of awe I had upon walking up to the first of several different viewpoints that day. Basically, I just gazed out at the grand expanse. I think the sheer enormity of it is what took my breath away. Its size actually makes visiting seem daunting.

Did you know the Grand Canyon National Park covers more than a million acres of gorgeous geography? You'd need two weeks to properly take it all in. My day trip soon began to feel terribly inadequate. Thus, two years ago, my boyfriend and I booked a late-afternoon helicopter tour to Grand Canyon West, which is even closer to Las Vegas, only 140 miles away. I'd never been on a helicopter, so it was quite a rush when it lifted up and looped above the Strip. I saw some amazing views of the Las Vegas Valley, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

Eventually, the helicopter came over some jagged cliffs and there it was, a spectacular vision with the fading sun reflecting in the clouds. Seeing the terrain and the more-than-a-mile drop below me was mind-blowing. Then, we descended into the canyon, some 1,500 feet beneath the rim! The way the river-carved rim hangs above the vast canyon floor, like a prehistoric partition separating the present from the past, is truly an inspiration. It's something you must experience to fully appreciate. The excursion was almost surreal.

I'm not finished with the Grand Canyon. I want to see more of it. I've got a longing to hike to the canyon floor and perhaps to raft down the Colorado River. I'd also like to set foot on the North Rim.

All I can say is no matter how you do it, you should definitely visit the Grand Canyon at least once. If you’re anything like me, you'll surely return soon!

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