For many people, the Grand Canyon is a bucket list item. It has been featured in many movies and television shows, and has graced the pages of National Geographic Magazine on numerous occasions. Many Americans find themselves wanting to visit the Grand Canyon while on a trip to Las Vegas–why not kill two birds with one stone?
Some tourists may wonder: Is it difficult to drive to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? Absolutely not. You can drive yourself, but you may want to opt for a more inclusive tour package or want to know if there are shuttle buses to the canyon. Shuttle and tour buses are readily available and can take you to all the best sites, offering interesting information in an entertaining manner–which you wouldn’t get if you were to rent a car and drive yourself.
How Long Does It Take To Get There?
Visiting the West Rim of the Grand Canyon from Vegas takes about 150 minutes–due to its massive size, it's impossible to see the entirety of the Grand Canyon in one day. One could argue that given the size of the Grand Canyon National Park (which doesn’t include the entire canyon) at 1,904 square miles, it's not possible to see the whole canyon in one trip, or even in a lifetime career as a Grand Canyon Park Ranger!
Almost all Vegas to Grand Canyon tours will stop at the Hoover Dam, as it’s on the fastest route between the two spots. Depending on the tour you’ve chosen, you’ll typically be able to stop for photos that provide a spectacular view of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in infrastructure, and some tours will take you on a walking tour across the top of the dam. Your tour may make other cultural or historic stops along the way, and will offer information about the different sights to be seen on the road to the dam.
What Is There to See?
Once you get to the West Rim of The Grand Canyon, you’ll reach the Hualapai Indian Reservation, a vast area of over one million acres. After arriving at the reservation, there are exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the Hualapai Tribe.
The next thing to see is the world-famous Grand Canyon Skywalk–a glass-floored, horseshoe-shaped marvel of engineering. It extends over 70 feet over the canyon and is over 4000 feet high–but don’t worry about its strength! The skywalk can hold the weight of 70 fully-loaded 747 jets, so you’ll have no need to feel unsafe.
After a few hours at the canyon, you’ll likely head back to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, and you and your traveling companions will have what is sure to be a lifetime's worth of spectacular memories after having seen one of Earth's greatest natural treasures!