Las Vegas, a vacation getaway and entertainment central. Where travelers from all around the world come to see its spectacular reputation, but most of them do not know of the city’s hidden opportunities. Travelers come to enjoy Las Vegas day by day, hoping for luxury and adventure in each. There are new things to do everyday in the average stay of three days, not just gambling and pretty light sight-seeing on the Vegas Strip, but also being able to experience a full day trip of true and awe inspiring adventure. When travelers are planning to visit, they should look into tours from Las Vegas, and they will be surprise of what is waiting for them. Something big, mind blowing, unbelievable! Something… GRAND! How sweet the use of foreshadowing is, for I am insinuating the Grand Canyon.
Take a day to travel to the Grand Canyon! The closest entry point from Las Vegas is Grand Canyon West Rim, which is 128 miles or approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Las Vegas. While Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim is 264 miles, a four-and-a-half-hour drive. The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including all holidays. Also available year round are most visitor services such as camping, lodging, and restaurants. In modern days, the Grand Canyon receives close to five million visitors each year. The trip to this grand national park is in itself an amazing experience with the sights of Arizona, the journey through the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Boulder City.
Grand Canyon West Rim
128 Miles away from Las Vegas
2.5 Hour drive
Free parking and complimentary shuttles are offered at the Grand Canyon West Rim Welcome Center. No private cars are allowed.
Minimum entry fee is $45.
The Grand Canyon West Rim is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, providing awe-inspiring sights including Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. At the West Rim you will get some of the best views of the Grand Canyon.
Eagle Point is a popular stop in Grand Canyon West, it has the site of a Native American village, amphitheater, and the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk. The SKywalk is this horseshoe-shaped glass floor extending over the edge of a 4,000-foot drop to the bottom of the Grand Canyon West and can hold up to 71 million pounds.
Guano Point is considered one of the best view points of the Grand Canyon. There you will see a machine of the past. In 1958, the U.S. Guano Corp. purchased the rights to a bat cave, located below the rim, for the harvesting of Guano (an excellent, valuable source of fertilizer.) Guano Corp. constructed a $3.5 million dollar tramway system to extract an estimated amount of 100,000 tons of guano only to realize the cave actually contained 1,000 tons. Therefore the project cut short and ended at the end of 1959, leaving what is now known as, Guano Point.
Hualapai Ranch is a great way to experience old time rustic, western lifestyle. It comes with exciting recreational activities, a gift shop, and an on-site food hall.
Grand Canyon South Rim
280 Miles away from Las Vegas
4.5 Hour drive
There are four major parking lots conveniently located near the visitor center, bike rentals, shuttles, and a café. $35 per vehicle; $25 per motorcycle; $20 per individual permit. Active duty military members are free.
The Grand Canyon South Rim is the most visited spot of the Grand Canyon, therefore for the best experience, we would recommend travelers to explore at the earliest. There is plenty to do at Grand Canyon South Rim, you get to choose from between hiking, river running, biking, mule rides. Some of the historic sites that you can see on our Grand Canyon National Park tour include Mather Point, Bright Angel Trailhead, Bright Angel Lodge, Kolb Studio, the Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel, Yavapai Geology Museum, the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Kachina Lodge, Verkamp’s Visitor Center and more!
Mather Point is considered the best view at the South Rim. The panorama at Mather Point extends from the lower end of Garden Creek taking in some of the Bright Angel Trail, over the deep canyon of Pipe Creek and eastwards to Cedar Ridge/O’Neill Butte, along which runs the South Kaibab Trail starting from the next point to the east. Some of the Tonto Trail is also in view, near Pipe Creek.
Bright Angel Trailhead is known as the more popular trail of the South Rim, starting near several hotels, providing access below the rim and offering dramatic views inside the Grand Canyon. It is well-maintained and makes a grand introduction to Inner Canyon hiking.
The Grand Canyon in all its majesty, gives its traveling visitors an unforgettable experience. At first sight of this beast of nature you might wonder, how is it possible, how can something this massive exist? Science says millions of years of erosion, water, wind, earthquakes, the main one being water, the Colorado River.
However there are a few who reckon the Grand Canyon was man-made or even alien made. The National Park is so gigantic, it makes one wonder. However the Grand Canyon was made, you can’t mistake its beauty and it’s sense of anything is possible. When deciding on how to commute to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, the best option would be a tour bus. With this option you will have the opportunity to look out the window to see the beauty Arizona offers, and have the chance to rest and get comfy without the worries you would have commuting otherwise.
Therefore, tour bus is definitely the best way to travel. When choosing which tour company should facilitate your Grand Canyon adventure, there are many good ones and there are great ones. Grand Canyon Destinations is a great one, they stand out because of their impeccable service, commitment to quality, and their appreciation to the Grand Canyon and culture. If you happen to choose another company, no hard feelings, in fact we welcome as many tourists and site-seeing adventures as we can to the Grand Canyon.