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I’ve wanted to ride in a helicopter for as long as I can remember. And since my Topdeck Southwest States trip stopped off at the Grand Canyon, I knew that was the place to get it done.

Riding a helicopter over the Grand Canyon was not only at the top of my bucket list, but it’s also a part of Topdeck’s #Ultimate49. So how could I possibly pass up this opportunity, right?

I won’t lie to you, I get really bad motion sickness, so I was a bit nervous about it. But I took a Dramamine tablet and was ready to go! During check-in you get weighed and separated into groups. Then when it’s flight time. The pilot calls out your name and gets you strapped into the helicopter.

I was seated right at the front, so I had a 180-degree view. After getting strapped in, I popped on my headset, and the pilot was ready for lift-off. As we left the ground, Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ began playing, and a few minutes later we were soaring over the Kaibab National Forest before dropping off over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In that moment what I saw actually took my breath away, and I thought to myself, ‘This really is paradise.’

During the flight we passed over the Painted Desert, the Dragon Corridor, Marble Canyon, Point Imperial and more. It was one of the most humbling experiences ever and it left me speechless. There’s just something about flying over a piece of the world that is over 1.8 million years old.

I took a million photos, but they don’t do it justice.

The helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon was such an incredibly amazing thing and I was so captivated that I didn’t even have the chance to feel nauseous from the wind and flight.

I kept my feet firmly planted on the ground for the rest of the day. And while it was still beautiful, nothing beats the view from the sky.

By @taylor_fuller

Taylor Fuller is a travel blogger who has been exploring the world non-stop for the past three and a half years. Her blog, Travel Colorfully focuses on finding the bright and beautiful places in the world while enjoying experiences with locals. She is drawn to colourful places and believes that a little bit of colour adds a whole lot of character to things!

Her travels have brought her around the world and she has gone on adventures all over Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America and the USA. She has lived in the USA, Italy, France, and Thailand, and will be calling London home in 2018. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @taylor_fuller.

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