With the Grand Canyon a metaphorical stone’s throw from Vegas (well, in the “grand” scheme of things), it would have been rude for us not to take a trip on one of our days in Sin City.
Instead of opting for the more glamorous (and far quicker) method of transport via helicopter, we booked ourselves onto a coach trip so that we could explore the canyon up close and personal. We booked our tour online via Viator, and it enabled us to see the Grand Canyon West Rim, Hoover Dam, and a few other short stops from Las Vegas.
Despite a 5am wake-up call after a night of boozing and gambling, we managed to hop on the bus and were greeted by our super friendly tour guide who pointed out some highlights en route to our first stop: the Hoover Dam.
Unfortunately, our view of the dam itself wasn’t too spectacular (we had to park at a spot further from the bridge that looks down on it), but we were instead joined by some more exotic sights. Imagine my horror at finding myself in a Portaloo being greeted with shrieks and screams of ‘they can jump three times their own height!’
With little warning, I opened the door to my friend Jo warning me of a rattlesnake behind the toilet; a chair meticulously placed over the snake for pest control to find the creature; and my friend Jamie filming the whole thing on his phone! Super scary.
Anyway, welcome to Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, serving water to Nevada, Arizona, and California.
After a quick pit-stop, it was time for a very exciting drive: a short stint along America’s famous Route 66.
We stopped off at a pretty random cafe to stock up on our lunchboxes for the trip. Having recently been filmed in an episode of Diners, Drive Ins & Dives with Guy Fieri, Westside Lilo’s boasts a whole host of merchandise, and the lunch box wasn’t bad either!
Across the road was some Western-themed paraphernalia, so we hopped over to get a taste of the Wild Wild West.
Our last stop before the true attraction itself…
We sat for ages and just stared across at the view – it’s so beautiful, with the most incredible colours of rock.
Another surprising feature is just how trusted you are with the edge of the rock! There are no barriers or anything – just you and two billion years of geological history.
We completed the walk from Mather Point on the South Rim to Bright Angel Lodge (where our tour guide promised the best views) and it was so worth it. Some others on our tour just visited the two points, but we were so grateful for the views of the walk.
After three hours of exploring and jaw-dropping scenery, we completed our journey with two films on the coach home, a belly full of McDonald’s, and a beautiful sunset across the desert.
Make sure you schedule the Grand Canyon into your trip to Nevada!