Grand Canyon National Park is not to be missed, and one of the easiest ways to visit is on a day trip from nearby Las Vegas. Trade in the slot machines for the tall rock walls, and head out of Sin City by road or air. See below for your options.
When traveling by road, there are a number of ways to arrive in style. Group day tours generally head to the Grand Canyon by coach bus, but it’s also possible to travel in a Hummer H2 for a more off-road experience. Tours by road often include stops at the Hoover Dam and allow for about three to four hours at the Grand Canyon. Be prepared for a long day—the park is about 285 miles (458 km) east of Las Vegas.
For quicker transit and a bird’s-eye view, a plane or helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon is your best bet. If you’d like to see it all from the air, you can fly from Las Vegas in a helicopter, tour the canyon from above, and be back in the city in just 1.5 hours. Otherwise, hop on a scenic one-hour flight that passes over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Mojave Desert, and even add a boat ride down the Colorado River for an action-packed day. Other air tours include a stop at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.
Things to Know
- Driving to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas typically takes just over four hours each way, so keep in mind that road tours make for a full day out.
- Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas.
- Be sure to dress for the heat and bring sun protection. Both Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are in desert climates that can get quite hot.
- Full-day tours often include lunch and snacks.