Waking up early at 5am to get dressed and check out in preparation for our Grand Canyon tour has never been so exhausting when you haven’t had your proper eight hours sleep. We felt like zombies for a while until we had food and coffee in us. Upon boarding our tour bus in a shady underground known as The Palazzo Underground carpark, we were buzzing with excitement on what we were going to see. Our bus took us to a depot where we got our tour tickets and were organised into groups based on our package. This didn’t take too long.
We then boarded our actual tour bus that would take us to the Grand Canyon where we were introduced to our tour guy. For this post, we call him Chatty. Chatty told us how our tour would run, how long it took to get to each stop and the things we could do.
Our first stop, the Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. States of Arizona and Nevada. You may remember it from Transformer 1. We only had 15 minutes to admire this engineering masterpiece from O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge and take some photos before heading back to our bus.
Our next stop was at a convenience store, known as Hackberry General Store in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Route 66, Arizona to be precise) where we could grab some snacks for our trip. I don’t have any photos of this place because there is nothing special about it so tough luck. Apparently this store has been on the cover of most of the auto magazines in the world.
After that, we headed straight for the Grand Canyon which was about three hours. During those three hours, I tried to squeeze in as much sleep time as possible but was unsuccessful since David woke me up to show me parts of the landscape which I didn’t mind.
Finally, we arrived at the Grand Canyon and the entire tour bus was busing to get off. Chatty told us that we had just under four hours of exploration and sightseeing. We had three areas at Grand Canyon West that we could explore: Eagle Point, Guano Point, and the Hualapai Ranch. Also as part of our tour, we could enjoy a meal at the Cowboy Ranch, Skywalk Café, or at Guano Point. We decided to have lunch at Cowboy Ranch at Hualapai Ranch because they were serving BBQ Ribs with two sides of our choosing. Yum! When we visited Eagle Point and Guano Point, we could not believe our eyes when we saw the Grand Canyon. It was breathtaking. Literally just breathtaking. All we could do was just stare in wonders and take in the sight. It truly was breathtaking. Our photos does not do the Grand Canyon justice at all. You just had to be there. At Eagle Point, we got to go on the Skywalk, a glass bridge that suspends 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon floor. Here we could not have any cameras, mobile etc on us and we had to wear shoe covers. Our first impressions of walking on the glass bridge was both terrifying and awe-inspiring. Here we had roughly a 180 degree view of the Grand Canyon. But at Guano Point, we took the “High Point Hike”, which offered us a breathtaking 360 degree views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River which we loved.
After sightseeing the Grand Canyon, we boarded our bus and made the trip back to Las Vegas. We didn’t arrive until about 6.30pm where we made our way to I Love Burgers for dinner. After feeling satisfy, we caught an Uber to the Las Vegas airport and boarded our plane back to Los Angeles.