The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and lucky for us Las Vegas residents it is close enough to make one of the best Day Trips or Long Weekends you will likely ever have. Whether you rent a car, take a bus, hire a guided tour or zip out on a helicopter to the Grand Canyon it is a trip you'll want to make again and again.
While you can take a Day Trip to the Grand Canyon it is of such a massive size, with so much to see you may want to plan for a long weekend instead. Compare prices on numerous dining and lodging options available on Kayak.com.
What Is the Grand Canyon?
At 277 miles long and 18 miles across and over a mile deep it is arguably the most amazing of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Over 5 million years the Colorado river has slowly etched this massive canyon out of the Arizona desert. It has been a place of mystery and majesty since humans first set eyes on it and draws an average 5 million visitors per year. The Grand Canyon is contained within and managed by the Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe
Getting to the Grand Canyon?
The Grand Canyon is located in north central Arizona approximately 250 miles from Las Vegas. The trip averages about 4 1/2 hours and has the added benefit of driving over the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which provides amazing views of the Hoover Dam.
Directions From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon south Rim (from nps.gov)
- Take Highway 93 south to I-40.
- Take I-40 east to Highway 64.
- Take Highway 64 north directly to the South Rim.
Directions From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon North Rim (from nps.gov)
- Drive north on I-15 for 128 miles/ 206 km, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9.
- Drive east on Rt 9 for 10 miles/ 16 km to Rt 59.
- Continue east on Rt 59 for 32 miles/ 51 km. (At the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389.
- Continue east on Rt 389 for 33 miles/ 53 km to the junction with US 89a.
- Continue east on US 89a for 30/ miles 48 km. to the junction with Rt 67.
- Drive south on Rt 67 for 43 miles/ 70 km directly to the North Rim.
South Rim vs. North Rim
There are two main "parts" tot he Grand Canyon the South Rim and the North Rim. For our purposes the South Rim holds the most interest as it is the more accessible part of the Grand Canyon. It also has more amenities such as the Grand Canyon Village which is part visitors center and part tourist attraction. Most people begin their Grand Canyon adventure here. The North rim is more remote and most easily accessible from Utah. If you're planning a trip to the North Rim be aware that they roads are only open during the summer months (mid May to mid October).
Grand Canyon Activities
There is so much to do at the Grand Canyon that listing them all here would result in a long and confusing list. To that end I've compiled a list of my must dos.
- Take a picture overlooking the Grand Canyon.
- Hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
- Take a horseback ride into the Grand Canyon.
- Take a guided tour with a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger.
- Check out the Watchtower.
- Spend the night. Compare Hotel Price on Kayak.com.
- Kayak down the Colorado River.
Great Grand Canyon Tours
There are dozens of great guided tour options from Las Vegas. From helicopter rides to horseback rides to bus tours to kayak trips down the Colorado River there are dozens of quality tours based out of Las Vegas. Get Discount Tickets and Deals.
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