Spare time during NAB?

Chance of spare time during NAB is a fine thing however, if you have booked yourself an extra couple of days in Sin City why not use the time wisely and visit some of the area’s best visitor attractions?

Visit the Grand Canyon

There are several different tours on offer but the most memorable would be a visit via helicopter! After your transfer to the airport, you’ll receive a warm welcome from your pilot and a safety briefing for your flight in an A-Star helicopter. Then take to the skies for your flight to the Grand Canyon. You’ll get amazing views along the way, passing over the Las Vegas strip, on to the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and more!

When you arrive at the Grand Canyon, your pilot flies you through the canyon to look at the colourful rock walls and see the Colorado River up close, then follow the path of the Colorado River past rock formations that formed millions of years ago.

Keep your camera handy for photo ops as this is a once in a lifetime experience!

Seven Magic Mountains

Comprised of seven towers of colourful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, this art installation is located in Ivanpah Valley, approximately 25 minutes south of the strip. This is a great, free (apart from the cab ride) activity to do to get out in the gorgeous Las Vegas weather for an hour or two.

Stratosphere Tower

Take a ride to the top of the Tower, at 1,149 feet tall, it is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Once you are up the tower there are several things to do. For those who are adrenalin junkies, these are for you:

Take in the lights and sights of Vegas as you shoot 160 feet straight up in the air at 45mph on the Big Shot!

SkyJump is a heart pounding, open-air leap from 829 feet above the neon Strip where you’ll rocket toward the landing pad at speeds of 40 mph while the crowds below watch you in awe.

NOTE: Our colleague Jay developed a fear of heights from the rides above!

And lastly, something a little more relaxed – the 360-degree spinning, Top of the World restaurant. With a dining room that revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes while showcasing spectacular views of the Las Vegas valley and an award-winning menu of steaks and seafood complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Visit Hoover Dam

You can either take a guided tour around the dam or do a self-guided tour. If you choose to do a self-guided tour, this is another free activity – you can walk across the dam, where you will find plenty of great photo opportunities and interesting information posted along the way.

To get across the dam you will go over Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This bridge was named after former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan and football player Pat Tillman, who died while on military duty in Afghanistan. It was built to provide a safer route over the dam and ease traffic congestion.

Ride the High Roller Ferris wheel at Linq

Another way to see Las Vegas if flying in a helicopter isn’t your thing. The Ferris wheel tops out at 550 feet (120 feet taller than the London Eye!) and takes approx. 30 minutes to do a full circle. You can even pay slightly more for happy hour where you will get an unlimited bar in your pod for the duration of your experience.