Visiting the Grand Canyon is an absolute must for anyone who will be touring the southwest. But what’s the best way to get there? Is it a difficult drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, and is it easier to take a trip from Phoenix? With all the sights to see in Vegas, many people would choose this option, and it’s only two-and-a-half hours from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the canyon, while it’s four hours from Phoenix. From Phoenix, however, you can easily visit the popular South Rim.
In addition to being an easier drive from Las Vegas, another great reason to choose Las Vegas as your starting point is the ease of taking a tour bus. While you could drive yourself to the canyon, it's much less stressful to let someone else take the wheel and stare out the window in amazement as the beautiful scenery passes by.
Another great advantage of Grand Canyon tours is having a tour guide, who will point out and explain the most important sights along the way and provide expert knowledge of what you're seeing.
Tours typically stop for photos and a brief tour of the top of Hoover Dam. Constructed in the 1930’s as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Hoover Dam is truly one of humanity’s greatest achievements and a popular landmark.
Another one-of-a-kind site along the journey to the canyon is Arizona’s Joshua Tree Forest–only in this region can you see the truly unique Joshua Trees.
Once you arrive at the canyon, you’ll have a couple of hours to see the sights not only from the famous Eagle Point Lookout, but also from the world-famous Skywalk! The skywalk extends over 70 feet over the canyon and has a glass floor, so you can look straight into the canyon from 4000 feet high. You won’t have to worry about how strong the bridge is–it can hold 70 fully loaded jumbo jets!
While at the canyon, you can also check out the Hualapai Indian Visitor Center. There, you can learn about the history of the tribe and the reservation, and there are various artifacts available for viewing. All fees paid by visitors go to the Hualapai tribe to assist them in managing and preserving the land.
With all its amazing entertainment, food, resident acts, and visiting acts from around the world, it's easy to see why Vegas is a fantastic starting point option for those hoping to make a truly memorable trip out of visiting the Grand Canyon and get the most out of the southwest. Whether you are staying for just a few days or more, there are many tours to fit your desires so that you can see everything you want to for the trip of a lifetime!