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Friday, 2 January 2015

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon..

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Dress: Handmade // Shoes: Liberty x Gola // Bag: Grafea // Jumper + Sunglasses: F+F*
Misleading title alert: to go to the Grand Canyon I actually had to drive to the next state, so it's hardly anything to do with Las Vegas, other than being one of the best things I did during my trip there.

I just don't even know where to start with things like trying to explain the size of the canyon itself. Factswise, it's 277 miles long, and reaches 18 miles across. Driving there, I bought tickets at the visitor centre for the shuttle bus tour and the Skywalk. The buses run between the various viewing platforms and you can get on / off at any of them, as many times as you like and stay for as long as you liked. Definitely worth it for the photo opportunities at each one.

Luckily, deciding to go to the Canyon at the weekend meant that the foggy weather Las Vegas had been experiencing when I first arrived had moved on. According to some of the tour guides, a few days earlier visitors hadn't been able to see anything - even from the Skywalk, and the helicopter tours had been grounded. They were certainly making up for it on the Saturday I was there.

The Skywalk itself was quite awesome. A perspex balcony, I suppose. NO cameras, bags or personal belongings were allowed out onto it, but it was pretty awesome. You step out onto the platform and can see right through it; down to the bottom of the canyon, which is a mile deep in places.

I don't even think the photos go anywhere near to showing the size; it was frankly overwhelming and absolutely awesome. Something I'm so glad to have seen.

27 comments:

  1. I'd love to visit the Grand Canyon, it looks just amazing x

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    1. It was so amazing, I can't even describe it.

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  2. Ah this is on my bucket list - it's looks absolutely mind blowing!
    Sophie
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    1. I'm so pleased I got to see it!

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  3. Beautiful photos, it looks like you had a fantastic time. I would love to see the Grand Canyon in person.

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  4. So glad you went in decent weather, it must have been so hard for tourists to visit and find they couldn't see a thing! I went a few years ago, and you're right, it's so hard to describe to anyone just how big it is, and how big it feels. A place which truly deserves 'awesome'.

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    1. Yes, I was feeling bad for those who had been the previous few days to me. Imagine getting there and not being able to see anything, and those tour tickets aren't cheap!

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  5. Beautiful photos! I know this is definitely on my bucket list!
    xx

    www.thegarlandgirl.com

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  6. Amazing pictures! I'm visiting Vegas in May and can't wait! x

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    1. Oh wow, I hope you have a wonderful time!

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  7. What a breathtaking place! Stunning photographs <3 xo

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad I got to make use of my camera somewhere like this!

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  8. What an amazing experience! Definitely one for the bucket list.
    It's probably a good thing that you can't take photos on the Skywalk- gives you chance to really take it in.

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  9. This just looks all kinds of awesome!

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  10. Wowee, this looks and sounds AMAZING, definitely on my to visit list!

    Maria xxx

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    1. It's such an amazing sight - so hard to even describe.

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  11. I had no idea it was that big in mileage; I'd always just thought it was like the size of a town or something! I've always wanted to see it, though, and your photos are amazing! Love the outfits, too. xx

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  12. Looks incredible! I bet the whole sheer size of it is so overwhelming, certainly puts the size of the world in perspective!

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    1. It really is. And the fact that there is just nothing else, for miles around. Made me realise how small the UK is.

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  13. I've been to the Grand Canyon twice now and still haven't been on the perspex skywalk!

    Awesome is definitely the word for it, although (gets controversial) I did feel that after I'd seen a bit of it I'd kind of "seen" it, you know? "It's grand, it's massive, now where on to next?" I know that's probably a terrible thing to say but had it been up to me alone I probably wouldn't have gone back a 2nd time.

    Having said that, this visit got me into Wesley Powell's exploration of the Grand Canyon and I have the book based on his diaries at the time waiting to be read on my bookshelf. I also watched Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow over the Christmas break and really loved it.

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    1. Yep, I think I totally agree with you. I hadn't even planned to go, but had decided to drive out of town early one morning and had seen the Hoover Dam by 9am and was a bit like "might as well make the most of the hire car", I'm so glad that I did decide to go to it, as I think it was the highlight of the trip.

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  14. Wow, definitely overwhelming, just the sheer size and vast-ness of it all.

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