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Travel FAQ - Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours

Author : Keith Kravitz   Top Author

The Grand Canyon Sky Walk reigns as Vegas' hottest outdoor attraction. Rightly so, too: Where else on the globe is it possible to walk 70 feet past the edge and be suspended 4,000 feet over the Colorado River? If defying gravity excites you, here are 7 things you need to know before you go:

1. Where is the Grand Canyon Glass Outlook Located?

The Skywalk is situated about 120 miles east of Vegas, NV, at Grand Canyon West. Motor coach, chopper, and plane tours from Sin City take 2.5 hours, 45 minutes, and 25 minutes respectively.

2. What is the Real Price of Admission?

There are 3 packages. You really want the Legacy Gold Package, which costs $87.69 per adult. It includes Sky Walk passes and full access to Grand Canyon West, including Native American Indian demonstrations, Guano Point, Eagle Point, Hulapai Ranch, the shuttle bus, lunch and cowboy performances.

3. How many people are permitted on the Sky Walk at one time?

One hundred and twenty travelers can be on the bridge concurrently. It was designed to support 800 people or a weight comparable to71 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes.

4. Will there be long lines?

Yes, there might be. The Sky Walk is the canyon's hottest destination. Over 200,000 people have a look at it per year. Reservations are available. You can also purchase VIP tickets to facilitate your wait. Without a doubt put on comfy shoes. In case you have an iPod, give some thought to bringing it.

5. What do I need to wear and what do I need to bring?

Absolutely get a water bottle (full) and sunscreen. Dress adequately: Wind-resistant and cool in the summer months and warm layers in winter.

No outside food or beverages (except water) are permitted. There's a pretty respectable snack bar if you get the munchies. Remember - Legacy Gold Packages come with lunch.

Bring a camera and extra batteries and memory sticks. Sadly, digital cameras are prohibited from the Skywalk because they may scratch the glass deck (each section reportedly costs $200,000 each) if dropped. Professional photographers are readily available on the Sky Walk to take the picture, which you can pick up in the gift store.

6. Is there a time limit?

Presently, there is no time limit, so take your time and enjoy the remarkable landscape. The very best views are to be had on the right side of the bridge.

7. Are there other things to do in addition to the Skywalk?

A great deal. There is the Indian Village with realistic dwellings, Guano Point, The Hualapai Market, a western town replica called The Hualapai Ranch, and a 250-seat amphitheater. The basic Legacy package ($43.05 per person) gets you unlimited access to every one of these attractions except the Skywalk.

Hunting for a quick and easy day trip from Vegas? The Grand Canyon Sky Walk is the ticket. Choose carefully the way you visit as the cost can add up. Bus, helicopter, and airplane tours are your most affordable route to go, particularly if you book on line direct with the tour operator. I regularly save up to 35 percent using this method. So put the Skywalk on your list of things you can do. It'll be the highlight of your trip.

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