最近いったいどこで何をしたというと・・・Grand Canyon編

2008年08月24日 00:35

I did a lot of research and decided to take a plane + helicopter + bus tour to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.

It was not an easy decision because of the cost and the actual variety of tours you can actually choose to do in 1 day.

At one point I was going to take the pink jeep off road tour around the west rim or red rock areas, but I am glad that I went for the all around grand canyon tour.

This is how we went and what we experienced in Grand Canyon...

We got picked up at around 9am from our Las Vegas hotel to the Boulder City airport.
From there we registered and waited for our mini plane ride over to the South Rim, where the Grand Canyon National Park is located.
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The ride to South Rim was itself a scenic ride over the West Rim with a recorded guide of the area. We saw Hoover Dam, Mead Lake, the narrowest part of Grand Canyon, the green and yellow parts of the Colorado River...etc.
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Once we got into the South Rim we got a bus ride to the helipot and registered for our next adventure, a 30 minute helicopter ride over the North Rim. People say North Rim is the most beautiful and least visited part of the Grand Canyon.

When they called out my name I found out I was really lucky to be seated in the front beside the pilot and got a magnificiant view of everything!
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The North Rim was indeed the most beautiful part of the Grand Canyon. The scene was breath taking and I felt like taking a hike there to take a closer look of the beauty of this place.
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After the helicopter ride we had lunch and then followed by a bus tour to the South Rim within the National Park. The weather worsen and started to rain but we were lucky to be able to take some pictures before the rain really started to pour where we were.
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The South Rim was really beautiful too. Mostly because we were up close and did not have a glass windows blocking our view. I could walk around forever and take thousands of pictures if I had the time.
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It was a very memorable trip and we got to see most of Grand Canyon in less than 1 day.
I was so excited when I boarded the helicopter and thought it would be a bit noisy and not very stable. But it was a very smooth ride and both my husband and myself enjoyed it very much.

At one point during my planning I was going to give up the idea of visiting Grand Canyon because of the cost of this whole thing. But it actually turned out to be the best part of the entire Las Vegas trip.

Being able to see the greatness of the nature was both fascinating and soul calming at the same time. Looking at the rain cloud and the sunshine right by each other, feeling the strength of the wind while trying not to get blown away into the bottom of the canyon was quite some experience.

While I enjoyed my time experiencing Grand Canyon, I found Las Vegas to be a giantic man-made world without the slightest beauty of the nature.

Now I understand why other travellers suggested I should choose to visit South Rim over West. I would tell people the same thing!

If you asked me now which part of the Grand Canyon to pick for a visit, I'd say all 3 if possible. Otherwise, South Rim would be a good pick cuz' it's well developed and easily accessible throughout the year. (though I'd really want to see the Nroth Rim up close someday.)

Virgin America Airline

2008年08月19日 00:16

今回の旅行は途中San Francisco→Las Vegasの便はVirgin America Airlineを利用しました。

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チェックインするとき行列無かったし(まぁ、まだ本数が少ないのが原因でしたでしょうが)、荷物の制限は他の航空会社の50ポンドじゃなくて70ポンドまでもOKだったし。サービスも雰囲気も全部良くていい体験でした。
announcementをするときのはcasual friendlyで感じよかったし、笑顔もちゃんとあって他の北米の航空会社とは比べるもんじゃない。

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Las Vegasに行く便だったので、運を試しましょうと言われ、乗るとき何人の乗客にサイコロをtossさせた。ある点数を当たったら、機内で利用できるクーポンがもらえます。

旦那がやらせてもらえて、しかもクーポンまで当たりました!(ラッキー!)
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クーポンを使ってワインを頂くことに~♪

機内の雰囲気は結構格好良くしています。窓を全て閉まっていて、青/紫の光でおしゃれの雰囲気になっていた。シートも全てレザーシート。ビジネスクラスは白で一般の席は黒とのことでした。
全席自分のテレビシステムがあって、ゲームやチャットもできます。
有料サービスを注文するときはテレビの下にクレジットカードをswipeすればできるのでとても便利です。
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安全案内のビデオが面白いアニメのスタイルにしていて新鮮でした。
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バージンは他の航空会社とそんなに値段変わらないうえにサービスがいいので、うまくやっていけるでしょうね。

個人的にはまた利用したい航空会社です。(^^)b

星五つあげたいぐらいですね。





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