Anything seems possible in Las Vegas. Want to ride the world’s tallest observation wheel in a pod with a private bartender? Sure. Want to slide through a tank of sharks into a pool? Easily done. With the impossible being so attainable in Las Vegas, naturally a trip to the Grand Canyon is well within reach. It’s remarkably easy to depart for a few hours or a full day from Las Vegas and find yourself at one of the most iconic sites in the world.
Whether it’s your first visit to the Grand Canyon or your hundredth trip (because come on, the Grand Canyon isn’t exactly a place you get sick of), there are several ways to get there from Las Vegas. Here are your options for travel by land or air.
A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is easily one of the most popular options. There’s something inherently glamorous and adventurous about being whisked away from your hotel and flying off into the desert. For a classic helicopter adventure, try the All American Helicopter Tour from Sundance. It takes you over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam before landing at the West Rim for a picnic. Another similar option is the Free Spirit Tour from Maverick, which follows roughly the same agenda. Want a more romantic option? Book the Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour from Sundance and enjoy champagne, colorful hues at dusk on the canyon walls, and a return trip that dazzles with a view of the Las Vegas city lights.
On a Photo Tour
Whether your camera of choice is an expensive DSLR or a simple iPhone, Adventure Photo Tours is your best bet for getting that perfect shot. This tour uses SUVS or mini-coaches to take you on a trip to the South Rim with stops along the way. You’ll have the chance to photograph the Hoover Dam, Route 66 Train Museum, and get access to all of the best viewpoints at the Grand Canyon including Bright Angel Point and Mather Point. There’s also a chance to go for a short hike.
Ride in style to the Grand Canyon with Big Horn Hummer Tours. This option is great for anyone who prefers a personalized, more intimate tour experience. Your tour guide will pick you up in a Hummer H2 and bring you to the West Rim where you can learn about the local Hualapai tribe, brave the famous Skywalk, and choose an optional helicopter flight that takes you above the canyon. While you’re there you can enjoy lunch and shop for unique gifts.
A bus tour to the Grand Canyon from Gray Line Tours offers two major perks. It’s an economical option for travelers on a budget and it’s a nice way to see the popular South Rim without having to drive there yourself. This lengthy tour starts from Las Vegas and heads to the National Geographic Visitors Center near the Grand Canyon for lunch, before entering the park and taking you to popular vistas and lodges. Once you’re at the Grand Canyon, you can go sightseeing, take a hike, explore historic hotels, and learn about the history of the park from rangers.