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An Amazing Vacation in Las Vegas USA and The Grand Canyon

Updated on January 27, 2023
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.

I visited the Grand Canyon in USA in December
I visited the Grand Canyon in USA in December | Source

The Grand Canyon in the Snow

My holiday at Christmas in Las Vegas and my Grand Canyon Tour was fantastic. The Grand Canyon is a place everyone in the world should visit. I went in December when the snow had fallen for the first time in thirty years. Until you are standing there looking at this magnificent spectacle you will not appreciate how awesome nature and time and creation is.

Flying to Las Vegas
Flying to Las Vegas | Source

My Journey from Ireland

Myself, my brother, sister and nephew went to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in December 2008. That was the year of the big snowfall. We nearly didn’t get to Las Vegas at all.

We arrived at Dublin Airport at 7am. The plane had a fault and had not arrived. After finally getting to the end of the queue at Dublin airport at 2.30pm we were assigned seats on a plane the next day. We were put up in a hotel for the night. We got on an overcrowded plane the next day at and arrived in Chicago seven hours later. We were supposed to board a plane to Las Vegas within the hour.

Arriving at Grand Canyon Airport
Arriving at Grand Canyon Airport | Source

The Plane’s Engine had Caught Fire

After a delay of over two hours we were told the plane’s engine had caught on fire and they were getting us another one soon. After another two hours we boarded a tiny plane overcrowded again. The heat was unbearable and we spent over five hours of hell in that. Eventually we arrived at Las Vegas and the Mirage Hotel at 11 pm USA time. We were two days late and exhausted. We tried to sleep but were too tired.

Five in the Morning in - 6 degrees Temperature

We Booked the Plane for the Grand Canyon Tour for the following day. We waited outside the hotel at five in the morning in -6 degrees temperature. We arrived at the small airport and there was a delay. After an hour we were told the ice on the runway was stopping the plane taking off and all flights were cancelled to our Grand Canyon tour.

The Grand Canyon Tour at Christmas
The Grand Canyon Tour at Christmas

Starting Our Tour

We rebooked to fly to the Grand Canyon for the next day. We arrived back at the Mirage Hotel at 10.30 that morning. The next day we set off again at five in the morning. This time we were able to take off and get to the Grand Canyon. The Plane was a very nice small aircraft which had very few seats so it was airy and comfortable.

It took over 45 minutes to get there but the journey was a pleasant one because we all had a window seat which was designed to appreciate the view below. On the way we could see the Hoover Dam from the plane. Once at Grand Canyon airport we boarded a tour bus and were on our way. It was freezing and covered in snow. But I tell you all the travel problems were forgotten when we arrived.

The Grand Canyon in Winter
The Grand Canyon in Winter | Source

So Beautiful

We had one stop in the Grand Canyon for about half an hour and then the main viewing point stop for an hour. Everything I saw was just so beautiful. The snow on the rocks made it even nicer.

When people say you can’t describe it you’ve got to see it for yourself this is so true for the Grand Canyon. Photos, videos and television just do not do it justice. There is also a three or five day horse trek to enable you to enjoy the sights from a very different perspective.

Once you get to the bottom of the Canyon then you spend a few days at the Ranch. But I would imagine this tour is for those who are younger and full of energy. Oh I’d say that would be some awesome experience too.

The Helicopter Tours

You can fly right into the heart of the Canyon. There are lots of hotels and shops there too but we did not get time to enter them. We could have spent hours taking in the sights and positive energy here. Next Time I visit I will definitely be taking the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon Views
Grand Canyon Views | Source

Grand Canyon Tours

Add the Grand Canyon Tour onto your holiday and vacation list this year. Even if like me you live far away in another country then a visit to the Grand Canyon is worth adding to your travel plans. There are lots of ways to get there.

By coach tours, by plane, by helicopter and car where you can spend some time taking in the splendour and amazing energy that surrounds you. Another way of taking the tour is by a 5 day pony trek and spending a few days at the Ranch.

But I would recommend if you have the time and the money then you should book one of the hotels that are situated in the Canyon itself. I could very easily have spent a few days there just wandering around and recharging my batteries for life outside.

Icicles on the Shed of the Ponies in the Grand Canyon
Icicles on the Shed of the Ponies in the Grand Canyon | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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