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Getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

Updated on March 23, 2011

How far is the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?

The great thing about the Grand Canyon is that it's one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places on Earth. The bad thing about the Grand Canyon is that it's far away from anywhere else. It's out in the middle of no where, which is why any time you are going to come within a 5 hour drive of this natural wonder you should take advantage of it.

Las Vegas meets that criteria. It's about 4 and a half hours away from the Grand Canyon, and you'll find advertising all over Sin City for tours that will take you to the Grand Canyon.

Getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas on your own is rather easy. I'll go over how to do that and also brief you on the variety of tours that are offered from Vegas.

Drive to the Grand Canyon... or fly!

If you're going to pack the family in the old station wagon and take them to the Grand Canyon because they don't want to sit around as you waste their college funds on the slots, the way to get their is to drive south on highway 93. Get on interstate 40 east and then highway 64. This is actually a great trip for the family because it will take you right over the Hoover Dam. You can stop their and take the Dam tour and also don't forget to get some Dam pictures of your family. When you get to the Grand Canyon go to the Grand Canyon Village for a briefing on what you can do at this giant hole in the ground other than jump in because you can't stand the thought of taking that return trip with your family.

What's really popular in Las Vegas is the helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. One of the favorite ones is offered by Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours. For $259 per person, they'll take you on a low-level tour of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and also give you a great look at The Strip on your return.

For a little more, the same company has a tour that includes a limousine pickup and a helicopter landing at the Grand Canyon and a trip to the new Skywalk, where you can literally walk out above the canyon and look down through the glass floor. Other great tours are also available.

Although I've never used them, the most popular helicopter tour company doing the Las Vegas to Grand Canyon route is Papillon Grand Canyon Tours. They are considerably cheaper than Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, but as I've never used them I can't vouch for them.

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