2011- Grand Canyon National Park
2015- Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon West & the Skywalk
Our game plan started like this, wake up early and get the rental car from Hertz, conveniently located in Caesars by the parking garage. So by 7:30am we were on the road. We googled a Dunkin Donuts and grabbed some coffee and breakfast, then headed to the Hoover Dam. Tours of the Dam are given, but there is a minimum age of 12, my son is about 10 years too young so we opted to just snap some photos and sightsee.
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At the Grand Canyon West, you arrive at the Welcome Center, which has a gift shop, restrooms, and a few other little buildings. You are surrounded, on both sides, with helicopter pads for the flight seeing options.
This is where the glass skywalk is located. There are edges that you can walk out to and peer down the side of the canyon. Be aware that there are NO fences, so you need to be careful. As you see, my 2.5 year old rode on my back in a carrier because I don't trust that he understands the consequences of the edge!
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is neat and terrifying! You are given a group number so that there aren't too many people out on it at one time. There are free lockers and you must put all your belongings in there. They do not allow bags of any kind, cameras, or cell phones. I asked for permission to wear my son and they said yes. If you have a longish wait, they do have some food carts with drinks, snacks, and hot dogs.
This spot has some of the best views at Grand Canyon West. It is a horse shoe shaped section. There isn't much at this stop other than the view and a lot of picnic tables. Sadly we didn't get off the bus here because it was getting later in the afternoon and we needed to get back to Vegas to meet up with my husband. I wish we had an extra hour because from the bus, this looked beautiful. My photos aren't great because they were taken from in the bus.