Planning a Visit to Grand Canyon Glass Walkway By Keith Kravitz | http://www.grandcanyon123.com The Grand Canyon glass walkway is amongst the canyon's most well-known tourist attractions. Located at the edge of the West Rim, the walkway allows you to walk past the edge and directly into the abyss. The moment is utterly gravity defying. Do this once and you can scratch space travel off your bucket list. Excursions to the sky walk leave regularly from Vegas. Transportation includes chopper, airplane, and coach. Outings are all-inclusive and come with hotel pick up and drop off, lunch, and a professional guide. Tours vary from half a day to a full day with prices beginning at $120 per person. The bridge is the centerpiece of the Grand Canyon Sky Walk complex, which on completion will feature a cinema, gift shop, several dining establishments, and a VIP lounge. The complex itself sits amid a 9,000-acre area called Grand Canyon West. The Hualapai Indians own this land and when it's developed will feature hotels, restaurants, a golf course, and a cable car to the bottom! The Sky Walk stretches 70 feet beyond the lip of the rim. It's really a exhilarating sensation realizing that the sole thing standing between you and the base 4,000 feet down below is a sheet of glass. Breath deeply before looking down. I suggest holding the glass railing if you are susceptible to vertigo. The Skywalk is a engineering marvel. The $30 million Skywalk is made up of 46 panels of Saint-Gobain Diamant low iron glass and Dupont SentryGlas. The guard rails are made of the same hybrid material but use fewer layers so it can be bent to adhere to the bridge's curvature. The deck panels are said to have cost $250,000 each. Engineers have created the walkway to withstand the harshest physical conditions, including Magnitude 8 earthquakes and gusts of wind over 100 miles per hour. It can support up to 71 jumbo jets at the same time. Put in a different way, it can support 800 people at once (maximum occupancy is 120). There are lots of Grand Canyon Sky Walk trips from Vegas. A lot of them will let you tack on side-trips. The most popular are: 1. Helicopter ride to the base
It's a 4,000-foot descent through unique buttes, spires, and ravines. Land on the bottom. Celebrate with a Champagne picnic lunch. Check out the base. 2. Helicopter to the base with boat This trip expands the heli ride to include a smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River. The West Rim is the only location in the Grand Canyon that permits you to ride a helicopter to the base and land. There are no air tours between the West Rim and the National Park. If you prefer a South Rim helicopter tour, you have to take a 45-minute airplane flight from Las Vegas then transfer to a chopper at Grand Canyon Airport. Well over 200,000 people check out the bridge annually. Book your Skywalk trip as far ahead of time as possible. Never pay full retail price. For the greatest deal, shop the net. I have seen prices reduced by as much as 35 %. Avoid completing your Internet booking on the telephone. Commissioned sales representatives are on the other end of the line and it's their task to sell you a tour at the highest price conceivable. The Grand Canyon glass walkway is a world-class destination. No trip to Vegas is complete without having seeing it. There are plenty of ways to get there, including helicopter, airplane, and bus. Save money by booking tours online. People do self-drive to the Skywalk. I don't recommend it. The last ten miles is unpaved dirt road and requires an SUV. Getting to the bridge is worth the hassle. As I say, "Don't check out the Grand Canyon, Skywalk it!" Mr. Kravitz is a travel writer who reports exclusively about the Grand Canyon. Go here for his Top 3 Grand Canyon Skywalk tour deals based on quality, safety and price. This page is updated frequently so make sure to bookmark it.