If you drive to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, your likely destination is the West Rim or South Rim (the North Rim is a long drive). Either way you're first stop should be the lookout point over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. From there travel through an ancient Joshua Tree forest to the West Rim, home of the Hualapai Indian Nation. The West Rim's blockbuster sites include views of the Colorado River at Guano Point, the Eagle Point Indian Village and the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk.
If you're short on time - or just interested in experiencing the Grand Canyon from a different angle - consider an air or helicopter tour. These typically depart from Las Vegas and make it easy to quickly, and safely, cover all three rims.
Best of all, you get some great views (both sunrise and sunset) from the air. Admire the ever-changing colors of the canyon walls at sunset on a helicopter flight to the West Rim, landing deep in the canyon for an unforgettable champagne picnic. Or explore Grand Canyon National Park along the South Rim with breathtaking views from Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge Observatory. Or experience a real working ranch on the remote North Rim, with an airplane flight landing at a secluded airport deep in the canyon.
Raft down the mighty Colorado River in the adventure of a lifetime! Your native Hualapai guide will lead you through the rapids, stopping to discover hidden canyons and waterfalls. If rafting sounds a bit too exciting, you can also take a more leisurely pontoon-boat ride from the West and South rims.