I woke up before the wake up call and was anticipating being late and missing the prepaid trip to the Grand Canyon, but we woke up and everything was fine. We made it down to the hotel bus pick up area by 615 and loaded a big double decker charter bus that drove us to the company that ran the trip. For each person it was $130 or so, and that was a little bit more expensive than the other trip we could have booked. The other trip was cheaper but it took longer and was supposedly more crowded.
Once we got to the company they convinced us into buying a ticket to the sky walk which is a glass platform you can walk on over the Grand Canyon. They told us that if we bought the tickets at the company we wouldn't have to wait in lines and that it would be worth it. So we shelled out the extra $35 a person and bought sky walk tickets.
Then we were fed a granola bar and a juice and loaded into regular charter buses that sent us on our way. We drove for about 2 hours or so and stopped at a rest stop to use bathrooms and get snacks. It was already feeling pretty cool driving around into the desert.
We arrived at an area that let us go to 3 different points along the Grand Canyon. We just had to chose which one to go to first. We had bracelets that let us board the buses to any of the places.
Once we got to the Grand Canyon I was really amazed! It definitely is something worth seeing in your life, but while I was actually looking at it I felt like I was just watching National Geographic or something. I think that since I have seen it sooo many times on TV, in magazines, and in books that it felt really familiar but at the same time like seeing a unicorn in real life or something. I couldn't actually believe I was standing there at the ACTUAL Grand Canyon. Also it is one scary place! I didn't expect to be able to walk right up to edge and snap pictures, but there weren't any rails stopping us which was cool.
My Jump Shot
YB's Jump Shot
After we had fun taking pictures and jumping all over the Grand Canyon, we went on the sky walk. The sky walk was the $35 a person glass platform over the canyon that we had already paid for. It was a complete rip off! When we got on it they wouldn't even let us bring our cameras or electronic devices so we couldn't take pictures. Then they had a photographer shooting photos and charging $30 for one, or a package of 4 for $100. Anyway, the sky walk was cool but I think the actual value of it is maybe $10 a person.
For the rest of the trip we got to travel to 3 different look out points and one of them had a ranch with some things to do as well. It was cool because we got to go on a wagon ride for free and a cowboy gave us some history about the area.
Riding the Wagon
Giving the Horses Kisses
After the long day traveling to the Grand Canyon, we made a final stop and got to see Hoover Dam. It was really impressive too, but definitely nothing I would make a trip to see without it being incorporated into the package.
Hoover Dam- Hard to snap a picture, but you get the idea
We made it back to the Vegas Strip around 7 which was about an hour or 2 later than we were originally told, but overall I thought the Grand Canyon tour was great, except the sky walk was over priced. We had to swith hotels from Excalibur to a room at the Monte Carlo. We were very lucky, and we got upgraded to a LUXURY suite facing the Vegas strip with a jacuzzi tub in front of the window and a private bar. I was in LOVE!!!! The only problem was we were super tired from traveling all day and it was hard to actually enjoy our room. We both basically just wanted to sleep, but I forced YB to rally for a bit because I hadn't really gotten dressed up the whole trip and I really wanted to put on something nice and feel a bit glam for at least one night in our suite.
Blurry view of the Strip out of our window
Wearing my sunglasses at night at our bar
Our Jacuzzi where we can view the Vegas Strip
It was a fabulous way to relax after a great day at the Grand Canyon!