Vegas Days 1 & 2: The Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon

We didn’t just want this to be another trip to Vegas where we stayed on the Strip and never ventured outside the casinos. So we decided to make the first half of the trip the sight seeing portion. We  also decided that we were going to rent a car and drive out to the western edge of the Grand Canyon. We are both adults and had yet to see one of the iconic landmarks in the United States of America! We live in a beautiful country and as Americans, we don’t take advantage of all the natural wonders our nation has to offer. Not this time! We gassed up and rolled out!

First up, Hoover Dam!!

Turbines Inside Hoover Dam

Colorado River

The next day had us getting up REALLY early (TIH is NOT a morning individual) to make the 2.5 hour trip to the Hualapai Reservation (which is about 6000 ft above sea level) to go to the western edge of the Grand Canyon and walk the Skywalk and visit Eagle Point on the canyon.

This is the Skywalk and it is 4000 ft above the canyon floor. If you have a intense fear of heights, it is NOT recommended. It is made of glass and steel and can support the weight of TWO jet planes.

Aerial View of the Skwalk

Some more pictures from Eagle Point on the Grand Canyon:

Eagle Point - so named because the dip resembles an eagle in flight

All I can say is that we live in a beautiful country and I encourage everyone to try to take advantage of it. Nature is truly amazing.

In my next post, we’ll head back to the Strip and see a bit of the Las Vegas that everyone knows and loves.

Hope ya’ll liked the pictures!!!


14 thoughts on “Vegas Days 1 & 2: The Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon

  1. Great pics! When I was in Vegas in May, I actually skydived over Hover Dam. Breathtaking.

  2. I need to do both. I’ve been to Vegas 3 times in the last two years and have yet to venture outside of the strip. I want to do that Skywalk. Nice pictures, lady!

  3. I would love to do the skywalk! Sure I would be nervous but when else would you get to see something so breathtaking? I love nature and the beautiful landscapes it creates. Great pics.

  4. Tiff,

    I can’t do the skywalk. I work downtown in the WF building on the 52 floor and I got dizzy once when I got too close to the window and looked down. Beautiful pics though! Glad you guys had a good time and made it home safe and sound.

  5. Great pictures ! We most definitely have a beautiful country. That Skywalk looks a little scary. How on earth did they every construct such a thing ? The weight of 2 jet planes ? Must be why I’m not an engineer !

  6. I don’t think I could do the skywalk. I think I’d pass out. and I didn’t think I was afraid of heights. I definitely need to do more west of the mississippi. I’ve only been to Minnesota and Arizona

  7. Two weeks ago we were “oooooo-ing and ahhhh-ing” from the top of Table Mountain in Capetown, S. Africa. Then it occured to me that there are breathtaking beautiful site right here in the US that we have never seen! So now we’re working on a Grand Canyon vacation in 2012. Now after looking at your pictures….I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

    Beautiful pictures!

  8. These pictures are awesome. I’ve never been to the Southwestern US (except for southern California). I MUST go. It’s so naturally beautiful. Looks like a great time!

  9. Great photos! I’m having heart palpatations looking at that skywalk pic.

  10. Yeah…picture 9, dood with the white shirt and black backpack? Get him! He was so close to the edge it made me nervous.

    Great pics!

  11. love the pics…hoover dam is amazing; we didnt make it to the grand canyon.

  12. Wow that looks like so much fun. I’ve always wanted to go there!

  13. Beautiful pictures! You two looked like you were having the best time!

  14. Great pictures! That skywalk – whoo, I don’t know. I want to, but I don’t. I’d probably cling to the side the whole time!

    Can’t wait for the next installment!

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