Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 28, 2007
The Native American Indian tribe, the Hualapai, has constructed a 70-foot promenade made of glass and steel and secured it to the edge of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, adding a new dimension, a Skywalk, to the beautiful wonder that nature has continued to carve for millions of years.
The West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Skywalk which opens to the public today, are a short journey from Las Vegas. Travelers can choose from a variety of air and land options from Viator’s (http://www.viator.com) vast collection of Las Vegas and Grand Canyon excursions, including those that feature the Skywalk experience, to customize their own West Rim adventure. Booking in advance through Viator provides travelers with peace of mind that their preferred option won’t be sold out when they arrive. In addition, all Viator activities are tested for quality and service by Viator’s in-house travel experts and backed with a low-price guarantee.
Travelers Take to the Skywalk with Viator
The late-nights often associated with the bright lights of the Vegas Strip are not always conducive to an early morning wake-up call. Travelers who want to start the day at their own pace can choose either the Self-drive Tour (standard vehicle) or the Self Drive Hummer Tour, to the Grand Canyon West Rim. With their own wheels, a full tank of gas and an interactive map, travelers take in Boulder City, Lake Mead, and the Hoover Dam on their way to the Canyon. The journey continues with a visit to Guano Point, Hualapai Ranch, Indian Village and Eagle Point. A horse-drawn carriage delivers travelers to the rim for the Skywalk experience of a lifetime. The Grand Canyon West tour enables travelers to relax and take in the scenery on their way to the base of Diamond Road to begin the tour along the West Rim. The wagon ride and Wild West Show can be accompanied by a visit to the Skywalk (Grand Canyon West with Skywalk upgrade) or a helicopter ride to the canyon’s base for a brief Colorado River boat ride (Grand Canyon West Explorer upgrade).
On the Road Again
The Grand Canyon Luxury SUV Tour is the perfect choice for couples or small groups. A professional guide takes travelers from Las Vegas to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and onto rugged Joshua Tree Forest before heading to the West Rim where visitors have more than three hours to explore the canyon or choose to take a separate Skywalk experience.
A Taste of History and Adventure
Travelers hoping to mix it up can travel to the West Rim in a helicopter, travel back to the city in a fixed-wing plane, and enjoy a horseback ride or wagon ride in between during the Grand Ranch Adventure. Cowboys on the Hualapai Ranch prepare lunch for their guests before their own exploration of Eagle Point and the Skywalk begins. The Indian Country Deluxe Air and Ground Tour features a flight over Las Vegas, Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon before landing at Hualapai Indian Nation Airport. A tour guide from the Hualapai Nation narrates during a five mile motor coach tour, stopping at both Eagle and Guano Point. A barbeque lunch is served in time for travelers to enjoy the Skywalk on their own.
Earth, Sky and Water
The Ultimate Grand Canyon Tour Combo features a few stops along the way to Diamond Bar Road (Indian Hwy.) before arriving at the crest of the Grand Canyon. Sandwiched between a 4,000-foot descent and ascent by helicopter, travelers enjoy a brief pontoon boat ride down the Colorado River and a deli style lunch, after which there is plenty of time for Skywalk exploration. The Grand Voyager Exclusive Helicopter Tour departs Las Vegas taking in the views before descending into the Canyon and landing alongside the Colorado River. A short pontoon boat ride is followed by the trip back to the Rim where a motor-coach departs for a tour to Eagle Point, Indian Village and Guano Point, where travelers can enjoy a Native Hualapai Indian Buffet lunch and breathtaking views enhanced by a visit to the Skywalk. The return to Las Vegas is made by helicopter.
For more information about the Grand Canyon Skywalk, related tours and activities, and a first-hand account of the inaugural walk by Viator CEO Rod Cuthbert, travelers should visit http://www.viator.com, and the Viator Travel Blog at http://travelblog.viator.com/.
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