I have been to Las Vegas many times, but during this trip, I wanted to get a bird’s eye view that I could only get one way… on a helicopter! I decided to book the Twilight Tour with Sundance Helicopters which fly’s over the Mojave Desert, Lake Mead, Colorado River, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas Strip. The tour did not disappoint!
First, my friend and I were picked up at my hotel in style in a stretch limousine, which took us to where our tour was. We were greeted by staff as soon as we arrived and taken to the pre-flight lounge where we were given a bottle of water and champagne. I relaxed and chatted to others in the lounge, as I waited in excitement for my tour to begin. When it was time for the tour, we met with our pilot Odile, who was incredibly friendly and explained all of the cautionary measures we had to take before we got in the helicopter. Our helicopter is their newest model, lined with comfy leather seats and plenty of spacious room, which is great for someone such as myself since I have long legs!
After taking photos in front of the helicopter, it was time for take off. I was nervous, but the flight was smooth and flawless. As soon as we left, you could see all of the private planes and jets from the airport. I know there are a lot of rich people in Vegas but… woah! There were two Airbuses that the owner of The Venetian Hotel uses to transport their biggest gamblers to Vegas from all over the world. The Las Vegas strip came quickly into view and the view was as stunning as I had imagined it would be. We sat in the cockpit, which has wrap around windows, so we had the most amazing panoramic views. We flew past the strip and headed over the Mojave Desert which was not what I expected. The colors of the mountain ranges and valleys were truly beautiful. Our headphones had music and narration, pointing out each landmark, as we flew over them, along with its history and other information. It truly added to the experience, as I was not looking at things “blindly”.
Next up was Lake Mead, where I was able to see for myself why it is the largest reservoir in the United States! Then, I looked to my right and saw the Colorado River streaming out of the Hoover Dam. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I have visited the Hoover Dam before, but never seen it like this. It left me completely speechless. You could even see the how much the water level has receded, it was surreal.
On our way back, the sun was setting, providing a beautiful sight over the horizon as we were approaching the city from the mountains and sandscapes of the Mojave Desert. We flew over downtown Vegas and then looped around, passing beside the Stratosphere, heading down the rest of strip. We were just in time for the bright lights of the infamous strip to start shining. The hotels and resorts looked so close, I felt as if I could reach out and touch them. There’s so much to see, I didn’t know where to look first. I still couldn’t believe I was flying over Las Vegas!
After we got back, our picture that the photographer took of us in front of the helicopter was in a plaque, waiting for us to pick up. What a great souvenir! Our limousine driver was going to bring us back to our hotel, but we didn’t want to go back to ours, so we asked to be dropped at a place on the strip. He was kind enough to drop us off where we asked instead, so we could keep our amazing night going.
I have been to Las Vegas ten times and never thought to do a helicopter tour before, I can’t believe what I was missing out on! This was an incredible, once in a lifetime experience (although I want to do it again and again!) and I am happy that I got the opportunity to do it. There are many other tours to choose from that fly you over the Grand Canyon as well. There are even tours that drop you off at landmarks for a full day of exploring via air and land. Needless to say, I know what I will doing my next trip to Vegas!
**Thank you Sundance Helicopters for taking us on this tour. As always, my opinions are my own.