You are on vacation in Las Vegas and want to ensure you get to everything on your list. You realize you only have one day of sightseeing on your itinerary but you have two of the most iconic tourist destinations in the world still on your list.
You may ask yourself, “Can I do both destinations in one day?” Not only can you do the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon in one day, but also you should see them both in one day! Let us explain.
Las Vegas is a destination that has something for everyone. It is also a place that you could visit for a month and still not get to everything there is to do.
On your trip to Las Vegas, we highly recommend getting outside the casino and seeing what natural attractions we have to offer.
Las Vegas has more national parks that are just a day or less drive than any other city in the United States. This proximity makes it possible to visit multiple attractions in a short time frame.
For those that decide to get adventurous on their trip and want to leave all the planning to someone else, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon are by far the most popular touring destinations. So hitting the two most popular touring destinations in only one day from Las Vega? Yes please!
The best part about this is that if you are willing to spend a whole day exploring, almost all tours to the Grand Canyon will include a stop at the Hoover Dam. And if you are driving your own car or a rental car? All you have to do is stop at the Hoover Dam on your way to the Grand Canyon. That is because...
The trip to the Grand Canyon from the Vegas Strip is a four-hour drive unless you visit the West Rim of the canyon, and which is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive. On the way, just 40 miles outside of Vegas is The Hoover Dam. These two destinations are perfect for a day away from Las Vegas and a perfect opportunity to check both off your bucket list.
There are many options for visiting both on the same day from Las Vegas. In fact, all of our small group Grand Canyon tours make a stop at the Hoover Dam on the way to the Grand Canyon.
The majority of people spending one day on their trip will end up at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. For those with more time or those wanting to have the classic Grand Canyon experience, you need to make sure to end up at the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.
The South Rim is more than 4 hours from Las Vegas, so if you are trying to see it in one day together with the Hoover Dam, we highly recommend taking a tour so you don't have to do the driving. An even better plan is to hit the Hoover Dam on the way out to the South Rim, then spend a few days out there exploring. There is a lot to see at the South Rim and a few hours will only give you a brief overview.
The Hoover Dam is one of America’s greatest engineering achievements. The dam was considered the largest man-made structures in the world as well as one of the largest hydroelectric power producers in 1936 when it was built. That in itself is impressive but the fact that it was completed in the Depression Era makes it undeniably remarkable.
This landmark gives credence to the determination of the American people. Towering at 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, you can only appreciate its size by seeing it in person. Whether you are on a family vacation or need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip, this attraction is both educational and entertaining. Another reason to visit the dam, and a good enough reason in and of itself, is Lake Mead, the nation’s largest and most picturesque reservoir that covers 248 square miles. It can hold 28.9 million acre-feet of water!
The closest option to the Vegas Strip to see the Grand Canyon is to visit the West Rim. It is the closest rim and is located approximately 130 miles from the heart of Las Vegas. On average, the drive is about two and a half hours. The West Rim of the canyon is known for:
The South Rim, home to the most iconic attractions of the Grand Canyon, is 275 miles from the Vegas Strip, or about a 4 hour drive. Here, you will see the most well-known and beautiful views of the canyon:
Whether you are on a family vacation, honeymoon, or a gambling trip with friends, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Because of their close proximity to the Strip, take the opportunity to visit two of the most desired attractions in America. You may not get another chance to see the Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon, and now you have the opportunity to take a break from the high life of Vegas and explore nature and man-made marvels all in one trip.