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Can You Visit the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon on the Same Day?

Last Update on June 23, 2022 by Maxtour
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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. What do you do? You visit them both on the same day! 

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. 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.

Why Should I See Both the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam in One Day?

Tying your trip to Las Vegas with the Grand Canyon allows you to visit this must-see destination while saving you money. To visit the Grand Canyon by itself requires an expensive flight because there are not many major airports around. So even if you are taking a trip just to see the Grand Canyon alone, you will have to get the expensive flight and still have to rent a car to get to the canyon causing you to incur yet another expense. Also, you will not make a trip just to see the Hoover Dam, more than likely, so you get to experience another must-see attraction that you might not get to visit otherwise. 

Hoover Dam Is On the Way to The Grand Canyon

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. The Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam, not a national park but part of the United States Bureau of Reclamation that is beside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a national park, are two of the most desired destinations for travelers to visit. 

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 that 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 Different Ways for You to Visit Both from Las Vegas.

You can be in charge of just how you want to visit and explore the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. There are multiple paid tours of the two attractions. You can go by Grand Canyon small group tours or airplane tours. You can choose a tour where you just visit or do a deeper tour where you go on hikes or guided tours. If you want to do it on your own, you can drive to both and be in total control of how long you stay and what you do while you visit each. Because of the close proximity and ease of access, you can make the trip all your own.

Why Should I Visit the Hoover Dam?

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!

What Options are There for Visits to the Grand Canyon?

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:

  • Eagle Point: Named for the eagle-shaped rock formation you will want to see as well as an amphitheater, art and gift store, and the Skywalk, a glass bridge that was built by Hualapai Indians. 
  • Guano Point: This is one of the best places to view the canyon with its 360-degree vantage point from Highpoint HIke. You can also see remnants of a historical tram that once stretched 8,800 feet into a guano mine, 
  • Hualapai Ranch: If you want to spend the night, you can find lodging here and traditional cowboy entertainment.

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:

  • Grand Canyon Village: Mather Point is the best-known viewpoint on the South Rim. Because the South Rim is already the most popular part of the canyon, you will see large crowds here. 
  • Desert View Drive: Here you will find fewer crowds but equally spectacular views. You may have to do a short hike but places like Desert View Point offer a 360-degree view of the canyon.
  • Hermit Road: Take a bike tour of Hermit Road and stop to see the view of the canyon from Powell Point which has gorgeous outcroppings giving you breathtaking photo ops.

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.



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