Archive for September, 2008

5 days in Las Vegas but our best souvenir is not in Vegas itself… it’s in the sky over the famous Grand Canyon, a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River.

We definitely wanted to see the Grand Canyon (even though we’ve seen a part of it from our plane) and after discussions with friends who went to Vegas and who told us “you MUST take an helicopter tour”, we didn’t have the choice. The helicopter tour is about 2 to 4 times the price of a bus tour but it lasts 4 hours instead of 14. Sometimes longer is better, but when you stay in a city only 5 days, every hour counts. Well, in this case, we should have skipped the time-share condos presentation (I should write in details my thoughts about that in another post but for now just remember not to go there).

From the 5 helicopter tour companies going in the canyon from Vegas, we chose Las Vegas Helicopters. In fact, their stars and stripes helicopters are just awesome… it’s a bit cliché but they have such a great look… I knew it would give us great shots !

Thursday 7am (7am… that’s SOOOO early for a morning in Las Vegas but the colors in the Canyon totally worth it), Darryl, driver for LV Helicopters, picked us at our hotel and drived us to Boulder City airport. We had a great time talking with Darryl, this guy was very funny. From the moment we met him, we knew that all this was gonna be a great adventure.

Less than 1 hour later, we were sitting in the helicopter, our headsets on, ready for take-off. And here we go….

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Lake Mead

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Hoover Dam

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The magnificient Grand Canyon

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… and us trying to seize every minute walking in one of the most impressive places we’ve seen in our lives… for the first, and probably, last time. I just can’t find words to describe you how we felt down it the Canyon, it was just amazing.

Thanks to Curtis our pilot, a Vietnam veteran, who helped making our tour extraordinary by all the info he gave us about the Canyon.

Overall, this was such a great experience and yes “you MUST take an helicopter tour” to the Grand Canyon when you’re in Vegas.

Note that Las Vegas Helicopters kindly provided me with a complimentary flight for the purpose of this article, but it doesn’t have any influence on this review. In fact, I wouldn’t have told you this if it would have had any influence. ha! ha!

Mathieu

Elvis Singing Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
cause even if there were forty more
I wouldnt sleep a minute away

I totally agree with Elvis on this (not that we disagree usually… we were good friends. Well. No. Umm. Anyway.) : Viva Las Vegas !

First of all, we got a 555$/ea package for a fly from Burlington to Las Vegas and 4 nights at the Excalibur, couldn’t be cheaper. Excalibur was okay, but I’ll definitely try another hotel next time. ‘Cause yesss, there will be a “next time”!

Here are the highlights of this trip:
O by Cirque du Soleil
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil (I slept for a couple of minutes – shame on me – but my friends enjoyed it a lot!
Moon Nightclub at the Palms
Poker tournament at Excalibur (ended 5th on 60)
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Las Vegas Helicopters
Dinner at Mon ami Gabi enjoying the Bellagio Fountains
Dinner at Olives (Bellagio)
Visit of the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
Free drinks in casinos!

You can find pictures on Flickr