Win the Wonders with 'The Right Hook' and MasterCard: Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

Running some 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles wide at its furthest point, and more than a mile deep, perhaps the trickiest part of Grand Canyon is figuring out just where you want to see it

An unforgettable cleaving of the American soil, the Canyon is that rarest of geological features, one that has become an intrinsic part of America and Americana. As the poet Carl Sandburg wrote, “Each man sees himself in the Grand Canyon,” and now MasterCard and Newstalk are offering you the chance to do the same, creating priceless memories along the way.

For two weeks, The Right Hook and MasterCard will run an on-air competition, with each contestant asked to name seven items within an allotted time from a chosen category. The successful few will progress to a finale so grand it rivals the canyon, with two listeners qualifying every day.

And that’s when the real battle commences – with the 20 finalists battling it out in a Where in the World-style contest – with the winner earning the chance to create some priceless memories you’ll never forget.

And the Grand Canyon is the perfect setting, truly one of the world’s most iconic national monuments, a testament to the American dream that people from all 50 states take immense pride in. For Irish people, its breathtaking beauty stands a memorial to timelessness. In just a few hours looking at the rock strata, visitors see more than two billion years of the passage of time in a truly mind-expanding and humbling experience.

With your MasterCard to hand, you can organise hikes into the canyon from either side – or maybe even ride a mule, if you want to tickle your cowboy fancies. If hooves aren’t your thing, you could always try a paddle, with rafting trips down the Colorado River allowing visitors to see the expanse of the canyon right from its source. Whether by foot, donkey, or canoe, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed by immersing yourself in the most sacred territory of another culture.

And after days of awed reverence in the hot sun, maybe a little sin in the MasterCard Priceless city of Las Vegas? Where else could you roll dice into the early hours of the morning surrounded by centurions, show girls, and Elvis impersonators? Or use your MasterCard to get the best seats in the house at Dodger Stadium, where you can get in-seat service with complimentary food and beverage as you watch the balls fly by in a thrilling game of baseball, America’s favourite pastime.

No matter how you see them, though, both the Canyon and Las Vegas will make for an unforgettable holiday, all thanks to MasterCard and Newstalk.

Where to Stay:

  • Skylofts at MGM Grand
  • Bellagio Towers
  • The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
  • New York New York
  • The Mirage

Where to Play:

  • MasterCard Best Seats in the House at Dodger Stadium – What better way to catch a game than from the front row, with complimentary parking and food service?
  • Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour – Take off from Las Vegas Airport and see the majesty of the canyon from the sky
  • Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino – The world famous circus performers bring a show where fantasy and colour become reality before your eyes
  • Dig This: Heavy Equipment Playground – Relive your childhood sandbox playtime with this once-in-a-lifetime chance to operate heavy-duty machinery in the desert
  • Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour – Take an informative and entertaining tour through one of the greatest feats of American engineering

Where to Eat?

  • Smith & Wollensky – Enjoy exclusive MasterCard holder perks at the iconic Las Vegas steakhouses, with priority reservation and seating at all locations
  • Chayo’s – The popular Mexican joint serves the best tequila in town, just maybe wait till after you’ve had a spin on the mechanical bull before downing a slammer
  • Pub 1842 – Take a break from the burning Nevada sun in this cabin-in-the-woods rustic spot, where the food is a knock out
  • Sushisamba – Las Vegas is a fusion of cultures, so why not try this impossible chic hybrid of Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisine
  • Picasso – This five star blends the best of French and Spanish cooking, and is as much a feast for the eyes, set in an incredible museum setting

Thanks to MasterCard and Newstalk