Grand Canyon Champagne Toast and Vegas City Lights

maverick-helitour-569x293I am not much of an outdoor enthusiast, but when the idea of a sightseeing adventure and Grand Canyon air and land tour was presented to me, it gained instant confirmation.

In 2006, I was treated with a birthday gift of a lifetime, a first-time Vegas experience. My trip included a three night stay at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel, steak and lobster dinner at the Palms restaurant, a Hoover Dam tour, Barry Manillow concert, and a Maverick Grand Canyon helitour.

I was thrilled to visit the iconic Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s most historical landmark, but was overwhelmed with  excitement when I learned the details of the helitour.

The most memorable of the trip was the Maverick Grand Canyon helitour in a state of the art chopper. The company provides a flight thrill of a lifetime with daily luxury helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. I was picked up at the hotel at 8 am–shuttled to the airport where I met a other visitors who where scheduled for the tour as well. In our helicopter we had four people.

I must say the Maverick helitour of the Grand canyon should be on everyone’s bucket list. I am a flight attendant, so I am not afraid to fly, but flying in a helicopter at low altitude was a new experience for me.

Aside from my nerves getting the better of me, I had the most unbelievable and spectacular aerial view over the 277 miles long Canyon land.

Along the way we flew over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and Fortification Hill. After our air tour we descended and landed about 3500 feet into the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Territory.

Surrounded by beautiful red rock formations, shaped by wind and water over six million years ago, deep within the belly of the Canyon we schmoozed and sipped on champagne with a small group.

An arrangement of light fares and bubbly was provided to enhance our experience. We spent about 45 minutes on the ground admiring the beauty of nature before heading back.

On our journey back, we had another chance to capture the massive landscape and traces of the disappearing sun. My trip concluded with a sunset flight over the Vegas strip.

The Maverick helitour will definitely be on my list of things to do, again, the next time I visit Las Vegas.