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Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

1. Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Enjoy a compact guided tour of the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, and take the chance to see this man-made wonder up close. Admire views of the dam and Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at selected hotels. Get picked up in Las Vegas and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 40-minute drive to the Hoover Dam. Arrive at the dam and cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where your guide will park.  Head up to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Walkway on foot and take in the spectacular bird’s-eye view over the dam and the nearby Colorado River. Stop at Hemenway Park, where you’ll notice some desert bighorn sheep often hang out. Continue onto the Lake Mead Lookout for panoramic views of the man-made aquatic wonder. After this, drive across the dam to various lookout points and stop to take photos at the most picturesque spots, guaranteed.  At the end of your activity, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or your preferred location on the Las Vegas Strip.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

2. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Take in spectacular views over the Grand Canyon on a helicopter flight from Las Vegas. Land in the canyon to enjoy champagne and refreshments, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. After pickup from selected Las Vegas hotels, head to the helipad to board the comfortable helicopter. Enjoy views of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Fortification Hill. Soar over an extinct volcano as you journey towards the Grand Canyon.  When you reach the canyon, drop down towards the Colorado River, where you’ll land in Hualapai Indian Reservation. Stop here to enjoy some champagne, drinks, and a light snack as you admire the canyon from a different perspective. Fly back towards Las Vegas through the Grand Canyon and see the red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire. Finish off your adventure with views over downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip. Select the early morning flight to beat the heat of the day. With this option, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast with champagne during the canyon landing. Choose the sunset option to fly back through the Grand Canyon as the sun goes down. Enjoy the scenery at sunset, and admire the city lights below as you soar over Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

4. Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Experience the adventurous side of Las Vegas and spend your day hiking at the Valley of Fire State Park. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, taking you away from the Strip and into nature! As you approach the entrance to the park you’ll have views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area in the distance. Lake Mead is the largest manmade lake in the United States. Choose from easy, moderate, or difficult hike options. During the tour your guide will share historical information about the Valley of Fire and the geology of the area. Admire petroglyph-covered walls as you trek through the desert wilderness in Nevada’s oldest State Park. As the hike continues you’ll experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. There is no shortage of excitement here, as these trails have been created with the adventurous spirit in mind. At the end of the hike you’ll stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy (4 hours): This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs in the park as well as finding natural arches that are hidden throughout the park. Moderate (4-5 hours): You’ll hike at a friendly pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult (5-6 hours): This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes, and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views!

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

5. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

Join this fully guided VIP tour and experience the Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the Omelet House right on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and a visit to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Enjoy a fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and learn about the concrete, high scalers, depression, earthquakes, cableways, spillways, intake towers, outlet works, drought, wages, and tragic deaths. Once you leave Boulder City, head for lunch at the Omelet House on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign and take some photos of the landmark, without having to wait in line. This tour also includes a special bonus - Complimentary tickets to the LA Comedy Club at the Strat! (a $45 value per ticket). All this and you'll be back in Las Vegas in the early afternoon.

From Las Vegas: Eldorado Canyon ATV Tour & Gold Mine Visit

6. From Las Vegas: Eldorado Canyon ATV Tour & Gold Mine Visit

Experience the Wild West on this full-day ATV tour. Enjoy views of the beautiful desert landscape and sneak peeks of the Colorado River. Explore silver and gold mines from the 1800s, and recreate the Old West experience in a preserved mining town. This tour also includes a 2-seater option. Your guide will take you along old paths carved out of the mountainside that were originally used by mules pulling carts of minerals out of the mines. The scenic mountain path is surrounded by towering rock formations and cactus forests. Break for lunch with a visit to a restored mining town featuring sections of original mining camps from the 1800s. As you rest under a pavilion to enjoy your lunch, you can listen to the relaxing babble of a natural spring. The spring attracts a variety of local wildlife, and you can watch for bighorn sheep and desert foxes. After lunch, your guide will take you to the Techatticup Gold Mine. There you'll explore 3 different mineshafts to learn how men labored in search of gold. At its peak, Techatticup was Nevada’s largest producing mine, and the population of Eldorado Canyon exceeded that of modern-day Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

Avoid the busy national park crowds, and experience rare sights in the heart of the Grand Canyon at Bar 10 Ranch. Fly to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the Northern Rim for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Head off on an ATV or Polaris Ranger along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the panoramic views at 3,000 feet above the Colorado River. Admire the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax and enjoy an authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Then, fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboard an aircraft specifically designed for “flightseeing,” and soak in the views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River. Benefit from the high wings and large windows which offer the best views along with a comfortable climate-controlled cabin. After, stop in the gift shop to purchase photos or simply browse the souvenirs.

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

Experience the incredible Valley of Fire, once the spiritual center of a great American civilization. The rock formations and Indian art will amaze you as you discover the ancient art and artifacts on a 7-hour tour. Valley of Fire State Park, covering nearly 42,000 acres, is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Its name is derived from the red sandstone formations, created by the great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. Located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation of between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, the valley abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence. The park entry on Valley of Fire Highway, designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway, passes through the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Although petroglyphs are found throughout the entire park, Mouse's Tank and Atlatl Rock are 2 areas in particular where they are relatively easily accessible. Valley of Fire has provided the setting for numerous films and television shows as well as many car commercials, including the 1966 film, The Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin and Claudia Cardinale; the 1984-1987 CBS TV show, Airwolf starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine; the 1987 science fiction cult film, Cherry 2000 starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews; the 1990 American science fiction action film, Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the 1994 American science fiction film, Star Trek Generations; Criss Angel's show, Criss Angel Mindfreak; the 2005 American action film, Domino starring Keira Knightley; the 2007 American science fiction action film, Transformers: Need for Speed: The Run, a car racing video game; and Lana Del Rey's Ride music video. This is truly a special place, and the filmmakers know it. Come and see it for yourself!

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

9. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

Grab a window seat and get ready to set out on an inspiring voyage. From high in the sky to deep in the rainbow canyons of Nevada, this tour is an effortless way to experience scenic Page, Arizona. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view majestic sites, including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a bird's eye view. You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Continue to the entrance of Antelope Canyon for a guided tour of the world-famous slot canyons. Take full advantage of this photographer’s dream landscape and capture the sand and sun dancing off the ancient sandstone rock formations within the canyons. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view the majesty of sites including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a bird's eye view.  You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Replenish yourself with a light meal between destinations.

Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

10. Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is only a 1-hour flight from Las Vegas? Make the most of your visit to the south-west and visit the spectacular Grand Canyon with an inclusive airplane tour directly from Las Vegas. This tour features a round-trip flight to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Boulder City Airport, just 30-minutes from the center of Las Vegas. The scenic flight includes a multi-lingual audio commentary designed to enhance your ability to identify famous landmarks below. On arrival at the Grand Canyon Airport, the tour continues via an open-air hummer vehicle into Grand Canyon National Park. Once inside Grand Canyon National Park, your guided tour will last approximately 3 hours with stops at many South Rim overlooks including the Bright Angel Lodge and Mather Point. In addition, you will have opportunities to discover the Grand Canyon independently. We encourage you to take advantage of the breathtaking views, photo opportunities, and souvenir shops! As your Grand Canyon excursion comes to an end, tour staff provides you with a box-lunch to enjoy while taking in one of the world’s natural wonders. Your return transportation from Grand Canyon National Park, including drop-off at your hotel, concludes your excursion to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

An incredible experience from start to finish. We received a reminder email the day before, a text message the same morning and our transport to the airport arrived on time. On arrival, the staff were really helpful and there was no delays.... A professional service from the minute we stepped out of our hotel. The pilot introduced himself, gave a full safety briefing and there was even a picture taken before we set off. We had more air time than expected and rotated around the group so we all had a chance to fly up front with the pilot. When we landed in the Grand Canyon, we were offered snacks, water and champagne.. Again nothing was too much trouble for our pilot, he took photos for us and gave us a detailed overview of the area throughout the trip

My husband and I went on the "easy" tour with Sara. It was a great experience! We were picked up right at our hotel (so convenient). We were on a tour with just two other people (a grandmother in her 70's and her 12 yer old granddaughter). Sara was great! Amazingly, she knew everything about the geology and history of the Valley of Fire. She shared many facts and jokes with us. The tour was completely adaptable to everyone's ability and interests. Sara took great care of the grandmother in our group while still balancing the interest of all parties in the group. She was very willing to customize the tour to include anyone's specific interest. We had a great time. Thanks Sara!

what a fantastic excursion! We did the Grand Canyon Flight with a stop actually in the Grand Canyon for bubbles and nibbles. From start (hotel pick up) to finish (hotel drop off) it was brilliantly organised. Maverick Helicopters are really professional, James was a fantastic pilot, really friendly and very imformative. Also multi-tasked as barman and photographer :) If you are thinking about this trip then just DO IT, you will not be disappointed, I can't think of any better way to see Vegas, the Hoover dam or the Grand Canyon

Amazing trip, a sight not to be missed. Only thing I would have liked is a pilot that interacted with the group, someone who could let us know where we were etc ( ours flew well but said very little)

Very friendly service. Perfect in time Pick-up, return well organized