If you live in the United States or are planning to visit, the Grand Canyon absolutely MUST be on your list of sights to see and things to visit. As far as natural formations are concerned, this is one of the best, and the fact that you can raft through it on the Colorado River makes it all the more exciting. There are tours through, to, over, and across the Grand Canyon every single year, including some of the better Las Vegas Helicopter tours. Throughout the canyon, there are a number of different great locations you might consider visiting, though there are some more well known than others. We’re not here to discuss the skywalk, though that is a great feature. Instead, let’s talk about a few of the lesser known locations in and around the canyon. It’s a place steeped in history, and there are many locations you simply will not want to miss. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting locations you might want to visit, even on Grand Canyon helicopter tours.
The El Tovar Hotel
This hotel is often listed as one of the ten best things to do at the Grand Canyon national Park, and we have to say it’s not without good reason. This hotel has been accommodating guests to the canyon since 1905, features amazing period architecture, and still the same great service that you could have gotten over a century ago. This, however, is not the main draw of the hotel. The moment you step inside, you will notice the building has the design elements of a Norwegian hunting lodge, and you will notice the expansive living room with comfortable seating. The building also features the registration desk, dining room, sports bar, and the staircase leading to the second floor lounge. If you enjoy this type of atmosphere, this is a great place to spend your vacation.
Navajo National Monument
Before the native Americans occupied 90% of the United States, it is a little known fact that the Puebloan Ancestors built their Tsegi Phase Villages using natural sandstone. Some of these beautiful villages are still standing even after all these years. The villages date from 1250 to 1300 AD, complete with their original roof beams, rock art, and foot holds. If you are interested in American history, this is one of the best places to start!
The Hualapai Ranch
Want to get off the beaten path for a bit? Many Las Vegas helicopter tours can bring you to or near the Hualapai Ranch where you will enjoy many different activities. Such activities include horseback riding, professional shows, and even wagon rides. If you’re looking to expand your group, keep in mind that this is also a great location for a corporate retreat.
Take in the ultimate Western town experience, enjoy a cowboy cookout, and even schedule a Western wedding if that happens to be your thing. The history of the Grand Canyon is the history of our great country, and the Hualapai Ranch stands as a monument to that fact.
Take a look at any of these great locations and treat yourself to the trip of a lifetime.