Fly to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley
For a Portuguese, used to have everything close to his door, driving those many hundred kilometers along the desert would be hard work, not holidays.
That's why, saving some money in Las Vegas, we made it by air, with great advantages.
It's expensive? Maybe. But... it was our casino.We booked from Portugal a Scenic Airlines 2 overnight flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon,with a return flight from there to Monument Valley.
Everything went perfectly, with no rush or lost time, only the rain hampering a little.
A flight over the Grand Canyon
It’s impossible to feel the imposing size of the Grand Canyon, and the strength of nature carving it, without a flight over the place. You may take a short flight from Las Vegas but I preferred a different solution: since the prices in Las Vegas hotels raise a lot in weekends, I took an overnight flight on Friday, and with two nights sleeping in the Grand Canyon I had the chance to see it under storm and sunny weather, and furthermore, to fly over Lake Powel and rainbow Bridge, and a land tour in Monument Valley.
The trip was not cheap (about $500, including lunch and two nights sleep), but with the savings in Vegas hotel it really justified the price.
I made the war in Angola, and there, I felt the sensation of landing and taking off using improvised runways in compacted earth.
For Fernanda, however, it has been her first situation of landing with no sights of tarmac. It was absolutely safe, but different. And at the end of the runway, there we had the tarmac, to protect us from dust, when stepping out of the plane.
A funny experience, anyway.