Day 9 – Part 1 – Grand Canyon

We had to get up early on this day for something I was probably most excited about on this entire trip. We were going on a Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon. This was an optional that was offered by Contiki, and nearly every single person on our tour did this. I had never been in a helicopter before, so I was pretty nervous! But it was amazing! Literally one of the best things I have ever done in my life.

We had a pretty long bus ride out to the airport where the helicopters were. Once there, we had to be weighed (discreetly, thank god) and watch a safety video. Then we had to wait for our turn – the copters held 7 of us (plus the pilot) and we were directed where to sit. I think I was so lucky, because I got a seat right in the front of the copter! It meant I had completely unobstructed views and I was so happy!

The tour we went on was the Grand Celebration tour. It included a picnic lunch and actually landed inside the Canyon. We flew over Hoover Damn as well. The flight was just incredible and being able to stand INSIDE the Grand Canyon was a once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Vegas.

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