Day 3

7 am preflight briefing at Papillon heliport go for Grand Canyon helicopter flight
Up very early, without breakfast we check-in, weigh-in and view a safety film before our helicopter ride. This clear morning we witness Mother Nature’s beauty and power close up as the breathtaking Papillon Helicopters flight go glides above the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. A beautiful and amazing experience – don’t miss doing this!

 259 miles / 417 km

10 am breakfast
After our flight we breakfast at the Boulder Dam hotel, visit the Hoover Dam Museum inside the hotel, and enjoy some leisure time discovering this charming little town from a by-gone era. Boulder City is the only city in Nevada without gaming. Only a short distance from Las Vegas entertainment and excitement, it truly is a “World Away for a Day” destination.

11 am on to Oatman go for a shootout
One final short drive around Boulder City with a stop at the Railroad Museum. During Hoover Dam’s building this rail line brought supplies to this remote area. Box lunch in hand we journey to the western ghost and mining town of Oatman, Arizona – a very quirky place! We arrive at the main street just as a holdup/gunfight is about to explode. Two go down, crowd looks concerned, but no harm. Eventually, everyone is back up and heads to the saloon to celebrate the occasion. It’s all in fun and raises $ for a good cause. The saloon is papered with $ bills…walls, ceilings, counters – a custom started by miners. Each signed his bill, fixed it to the wall and drew against it. Currently 75,000 $1 bills (estimate by owner) decorate the space.

Oatman, evidently a biker stopover, has many glistening motorcycles parked side-by-side on the main street among which wild burros (descendents of miner’s burros) freely meander looking for handouts. Ladies in 1890’s dresses remind us of early frontier history. Saloons, gift, Native American jewelry, antique, art and craft shops line the main street – aka Route 66. Definitely a unique experience – be prepared!

2 pm to the river at Laughlin go
The third most visited Nevada casino and resort destination (after Las Vegas and Reno), Laughlin lies at the southern end of the Colorado River. We take a quick tour of the Laughlin “Strip” – Casino Drive – before checking into our hotel – the Edgewater Hotel Casino Resort go. A Laughlin landmark, the Hotel’s white 26-story tower stands out against blue skies, as blue neon “water-fall” cascades down its face. Inside is an exciting casino with latest machines, live table game action and live poker. When needed – a fitness center, 3 swimming pools and a Krispy Kreme donut shop. Edgewater is a sister property to the Colorado Belle – location of the only microbrewery in town.

5 pm dinner cruise
The Colorado River, Laughlin’s other “main street”, is active with water taxis, and jet boats moving people between casinos. At dusk we follow the riverwalk to board the Celebration go to experience their dinner cruise – one of Laughlin’s signature dining experiences. Excited chatter, joking and laughter echo as many events are being celebrated by the people sharing the cruise…weddings, anniversaries, reunions. After dinner, still cruising, coffee and dessert are served on the upper deck. Along the shore neon lights come on casting their colored reflections in the quick moving river. Fairy tale lovely.

stay Edgewater Hotel Casino Resort go
High up, comfortable room facing the river, all modern amenities – pleasurable stay.

Tricia sees it this way

Day 3 photos
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