For many people, visiting Las Vegas is a dream come true. Visiting the fountains of The Bellagio and the indoor canals of The Venetian can be a sight to behold. With world-famous acts performing nightly on the strip and some of the finest food and beverages the world has to offer, Vegas truly offers something for everyone.
But Vegas isn't the only thing to see in the southwest; a trip to Vegas offers an opportunity to see one of mankind's greatest construction projects, The Hoover Dam, as well as one of nature's greatest treasures, The Grand Canyon. Many visitors want to know if they can do a day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon–the answer is, absolutely!
This question is often asked by Vegas-goers opting for a Grand Canyon tour, and the answer can vary greatly, depending on which part of the canyon you wish to see. The canyon is over 277 miles long, so for most folks coming from Vegas, this means that the easiest area to visit is the West Rim. Wondering if it’s better to drive from Las Vegas or Phoenix to the Grand Canyon? Keep in mind visiting the South Rim or North Rim is much easier when driving from Phoenix.
To visit the West Rim, it’s about 2 and a half hours, or 130 miles, from Las Vegas. The route is a rather simple one: taking Interstate 215/11 to the southwest, you’ll come to the Hoover Dam. While it’s possible to make a brief stop at the dam, you may find it difficult to get a full tour in a short amount of time. You will, however, be able to cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge–built in 2010–which provides a spectacular view of the Hoover Dam.
After crossing over the Dam, you’ll reach Arizona via Highway 93. Follow that to Dolan Springs, turn left onto Pierce Ferry Road, and drive for about 29 miles. After taking a right onto Diamond Bar Road and driving for around 22 miles, you'll turn right onto Eagle Point Service Road. After just less than a mile, you'll arrive at the West Rim of The Grand Canyon.
While the drive is absolutely doable yourself, one great way to see the canyon is by choosing to take a tour bus, as you’ll be able to relax and take in all the sights without the stress of driving. Additionally, your tour guide will be able to point out several different additional sights and interesting facts that you might not otherwise learn.
Take an hour or two to see the sights such as the world-famous Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped, glass-floored bridge that extends 70 feet over the canyon, where you’ll be able to see into the canyon itself from 4000 feet high! Don’t worry about the bridge’s strength–it can hold the weight of up to 70 fully-loaded jumbo jets.
Some other options include the Hualapai Indian Visitors’ Center, where you can learn about the native tribe that inhabits and manages these lands. All proceeds go to the tribe to help them preserve the area.
You can also visit Eagle Point Lookout, which offers stunning views of the canyon to help you get the perfect photos to show everyone back home.
After you’ve had your fill of the Grand Canyon’s beautiful sights, you can head back to Las Vegas–the road trip itself has a variety of notable things to see, so it’s hard to go wrong on a trip between the two destinations!