Sorry in advance for the long posting!!!
My husband and I are planning a trip to Las Vegas for my 50th birthday in April and I am so, so excited about it. We plan to visit the Grand Canyon and would really love to see both West and South rims so I have a 2-part question.
1. We plan to leave Las Vegas on my birthday ( a Friday) by car and make a stop at the Hoover Dam then drive on to Williams where we have a hotel already booked. We don't really want to drive on a freeway but want to drive through the desert on a 2-lane road, see tumbleweed and stop for lunch at a real diner (not a tourist trap). I know it sounds cheesy but we were brought up on a diet of American western movies so it is an important part of our trip. Is there a suggested route and is there anything "must see" between the Hoover Dam and Williams? The following day we leave for GCNP and want to visit independantly. Does anyone have a suggested itinery?
2. To see the South rim, we were thinking of a helicopter tour from either LV or Boulder. There is a big difference between a flight only or a flight with landing. Does the difference in experience really justify the difference in price? we don't have a limitless budget and the choice will be between the helicopter flight with landing or just the "fly through" and also have money over for a couple of shows.
Last question (promise!) - would anyone recommend not bothering with the West rim and just do a helicopter tour at the South rim? We only have a week in Vegas and want to visit Death Valley as well. Really don't want to take the hire car across a dirt track and I dont want to do the Skywalk (though my husband would!)
Thank you so much in advance and sorry again for such a long post!