Cowboys and British folk
The boys spend a day at a ranch and finish at Gordon Ramsay's crazy Vegas pub
Visitors to the Grand Canyon Ranch pass over Hoover Dam in a helicopter
Our hosts for this 45 minute cinematic uber-flight are Heli USA Airways (www.heliusa.com), who operate 70 “birds” out of Las Vegas - and there's not a single feather boa in sight.
Our destination this afternoon is Grand Canyon Ranch, which sits almost directly on the Nevada-Arizona border. To get there, we fly directly through the Grand Canyon itself - one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
We’re in luck when we touch down at the ranch too. The owner - amiable Mancunian multi-millionaire Nigel Turner - is on the property today. As we step off the helipad, our fellow Brit strides towards us, leather coat swirling and spurs glinting in the golden sun.
A Grand Canyon Ranch cowboy rounds up the horses
The ranch is absolute fun. We ride away from the helipad in covered wagons, bouncing our way up to the main house, where we’re served a cowboy feast of hot beans, corn and beef.
Afterwards, we saddle up and ride our own horses to a vantage point overlooking nearby Spirit Mountain - a sacred place to the local Native American Indian tribes - as dusk starts to clear its throat.
Visitors are driven to the ranch in the back of a horse-drawn wagon
With four tourists from Guildford riding back to Las Vegas in the helicopter alongside us, the pilot jokes he’s aiding and abetting a British invasion of Sin City. It’s ironic, because tonight we’re eating at the hottest new restaurant on the strip: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Pub and Grill’ at Caesar’s Palace (www.caesarspalace.com)
Inside Gordon Ramsay's Pub and Grill at Caesar's Palace
As the slot machines sing and laugh at their endless conveyor belt of hopeful duellists, we sip Boddingtons and eat shepherd’s pie under two enormous posters: one of Matt Goss and the other of Rod Stewart. It’s rather odd.
Today has been hectic to say the least - but also the best day of our month-long adventure so far. At the end of a long day on an Englishman’s cattle ranch in Arizona, then in a Brit-smitten Super Casino in Vegas, it’s like we never left home. We still have nearly a while until we see Old England again though, with no less than 46 states to go...
Do it Yourself
Perfectly positioned, a little beyond the brightest lights of The Strip, The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites Las Vegas costs from £80 per suite per night.
An easy day trip from Las Vegas, see the stunning Grand Canyon from the sky with a helicopter ride from £170 pp with Heli USA. Combine this with a true cowboy experience at The Grand Canyon Ranch, (www.grandcanyonranch.com) Gordon Ramsay has just opened Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill at Caesar’s Palace (www.caesarspalace.com)
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