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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

1. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Embark on a full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon with a narrated bus tour. Throughout the day, admire scenic views of the Joshua Tree Forest National Park, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start with pickup from Las Vegas and meet your professional driver/guide who will provide information about the sights along the way. You will receive a light breakfast snack upon boarding the Grand Canyon bus. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and an amazing view of the Bypass Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim, enjoy your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. Take in the spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River below are breathtaking. Afterwards, return to Las Vegas with drop-off at your hotel.

Anytime Fast-Track Ticket: FLY LINQ Zipline

2. Anytime Fast-Track Ticket: FLY LINQ Zipline

Soar through the sky at an altitude of at least 114 feet over the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas. Take an elevator on Las Vegas Boulevard to experience the city from new heights during both sunny days and sparkling nights.  If you're a thrill-seeker, this ticket is for you: on the FLY LINQ Zipline, travel over 1,000 feet and reach speeds of up to 35 m/h. Choose the standard seated position or, if you really want to feel like you're flying, the superhero position. Strap in and hurtle down a long zip line towards the base of the world's tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. Soar over the most dynamic open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment district at the heart of the Strip for impressive views and an unforgettable ride.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

Witness the breathtaking views across the Grand Canyon West on a guided trip from Las Vegas. Learn about the landscapes from your guide and visit the best vantage points, including the Skywalk and Guano Point. Depart Las Vegas in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast snack on the way to Grand Canyon West. Upon arrival, ride the shuttle to Eagle Point, where the Skywalk and gift shop are located. Get an incredible view of the eagle-shaped rock formation and walk right up to the edge of the canyon. See some of the dwellings that the Native American tribes lived in olden times. Then, experience the most spectacular views from the Skywalk (if option selected), a glass-framed overlook sitting 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. Walk along the 10-foot-wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge and peer over the West Rim of the canyon. Next, go to Guano Point for a different perspective over the canyon. Follow the dirt trail at the edge of Guano Point for spectacular views from different angles. Return to the Welcome Center before heading back to Las Vegas. Watch videos on the bus to pass the time, or relax on the airline-style seats equipped with seat belts, and look out of the panoramic windows at the stunning views.

Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

4. Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

5. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

Escape the city for a day with a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park from fabulous Las Vegas, with transfers, snacks, lunch, and free time at the South Rim included.  After your Las Vegas pickup, enjoy some light breakfast snacks and you are also welcome to bring your coffee or tea in a container with a lid. Sit back and relax as you travel along Route 66. Following lunch, enter into the Grand Canyon National Park with your first stop at Mather Point for approximately 45 minutes. Then the driver will collect all interested guests and transfer them to Bright Angel, the Visitor Center, for approximately 2 hours.  The hardier travelers will want to take the opportunity to walk the approximate 2.5-mile trail along the ridge of the Canyon and enjoy the ever-changing, breathtaking views. Once your time at the South Rim has come to an end, you will board your luxury bus for a smooth ride back to Las Vegas.  Along the way, stop for lunch at a local family diner in Arizona. You will then be dropped off at the location of your original pickup to enjoy the rest of your Las Vegas vacation.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

Leave bustling Las Vegas and head out on a scenic drive into Navajo territory and explore this striking landscape with the help of a local Navajo guide. Stop for breakfast in St. George, Utah, home to the oldest continuously operating Mormon temple in the world. After breakfast, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Note where the river flows and meanders around the rocks creating a distinctive horseshoe-shaped loop beloved by visitors and photographers from around the world. Next, travel to where “the water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. Explore lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. With your local Navajo guide, discover the beauty of the canyon up close. Admire the beauty of the sun which creates shafts of light that shine through the slits in the canyon walls. After a break for lunch, continue to the Glenn Canyon viewpoint for one last look at this spectacular area. Finally, hop back on the bus to return to Las Vegas in the evening.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Air Tour

7. Grand Canyon Helicopter Air Tour

This 70 to 75-minute air-only (non-landing) tour is a memorable helicopter experience to the Hualapai Nation on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. The experience is enhanced by narrations in your language of choice coupled with an excellent selection of music that complements the beautiful sights; Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, the great expanse of the Mojave Desert and the Grand Wash Cliffs on the Hualapai Reservation. On arrival to the West Rim, you will be treated to the visual wonders of the Grand Canyon; a truly inspiring work of nature that most visitors consider breathtaking. Arrive at our comfortable terminal and receive your safety briefing before boarding one of our state-of-the-art EcoStar helicopters for your air journey to the Grand Canyon. Fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam then enjoy spectacular views of the volcanic Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa, the Mojave Desert and then across the Grand Wash Cliffs as you enter Grand Canyon West. Fly below the rim of the Canyon for incredible views of the world famous Skywalk and the Colorado River. Note: This tour is air only and does not land at the Grand Canyon.

Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Park Tour

8. Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Park Tour

Explore two of the most visually stunning places in the United States, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Take you on a journey through two national parks in one unforgettable day. First experience the striking sandstone cliffs that tower above the valley floor of Zion National Park. Your journey will allow you to see highlights of Zion including a stop at the visitor center, an ascent up the mountain pass and through the mile-long tunnel, with a stop at Checkerboard Mesa before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. Next see the incredible natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Walk the rim in Bryce Canyon and enjoy stunning views of the unique hoodoos and landscape. Enjoy a hike into Bryce to walk among the hoodoos and admire this magical landscape. On your return to Las Vegas pass through the stunning scenery of Zion for another perspective of its beauty.

Grand Canyon: West Rim Helicopter and Landing Tour

9. Grand Canyon: West Rim Helicopter and Landing Tour

Explore the lands sacred to the Hualapai Tribe and experience magnificent aerial views aboard a premier ECO-Star helicopter. Fly from the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and be captivated by the majestic, multicolored rock layers of the cliffs surrounding you. The diverse, beautiful colors of the mile-deep Grand Canyon are a sight to behold.  Descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim where you will enjoy the mystique and grandeur of the Grand Canyon from an exclusive landing site only 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River. While on the canyon floor, take in the breathtaking setting and make sure to bring your camera to document this memorable experience.  End your tour with a 10-minute flight back through the walls of the Canyon and to the West Rim Airport.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

10. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Take in spectacular views over the Grand Canyon on a helicopter flight from Las Vegas. Land in the canyon to enjoy champagne and refreshments, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. After pickup from selected Las Vegas hotels, head to the helipad to board the comfortable helicopter. Enjoy views of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Fortification Hill. Soar over an extinct volcano as you journey towards the Grand Canyon.  When you reach the canyon, drop down towards the Colorado River, where you’ll land in Hualapai Indian Reservation. Stop here to enjoy some champagne, drinks, and a light snack as you admire the canyon from a different perspective. Fly back towards Las Vegas through the Grand Canyon and see the red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire. Finish off your adventure with views over downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip. Select the early morning flight to beat the heat of the day. With this option, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast with champagne during the canyon landing. Choose the sunset option to fly back through the Grand Canyon as the sun goes down. Enjoy the scenery at sunset, and admire the city lights below as you soar over Las Vegas.

Frequently asked questions about Las Vegas Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Las Vegas?

The other unmissable things to do in Las Vegas are:

5 best day trips from Las Vegas

Day trip to the Grand Canyon

1. Day trip to the Grand Canyon

If the casinos of Las Vegas start to feel too stuffy, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon. As one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, visitors can hike, mountain bike, ride horseback, rock climb or simply gaze in awe over the canyon’s grandeur. Take on the expansive desert plains on an ATV, white water raft the Colorado River, or take a dizzying helicopter ride — even go skydiving. Visit the South Rim for more gorgeous scenery at Lookout Studio, as well as the historic El Tovar Hotel where generations of presidents and notable celebrities have stayed.

How far is the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?

The drive to Grand Canyon West is only 130 miles (209 kilometers) from Las Vegas by car. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is more than twice the distance at 280 miles (450 kilometers). The North Rim of the park is roughly the same distance.

Day trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

2. Day trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

A massive concrete arch dam over the surging Colorado River, the Hoover Dam is a testament to American industry and human ingenuity. Herds of visitors flock to absorb the raw power of this hydroelectric dynamo from above, then take a relaxing boat tour down the river. If the churning waters have you feeling wound up, relax at the nearby Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The lake’s blue waters are perfect for cruising or jet skiing, as well as spying the local wildlife.

How far is Hoover Dam from Las Vegas?

Hoover Dam is only about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas, making it a popular day trip destination from the city. By car, the trip usually takes about 45 minutes.

Day trip to Valley of Fire

3. Day trip to Valley of Fire

The massive red sandstone and silica formations in the Valley of Fire have eroded over millennia into fascinating shapes, making the national park a popular destination from Las Vegas. Keep your eyes out for petrified logs, scampering animals, and geological wonders on your desert hike. Don’t miss the unique red rock formations of the Seven Sisters, circling the water basin of Mouse’s Tank, climbing at Atlatl Rock next to its petroglyphs, or exploring Fire Canyon’s Silica Dome and Elephant’s Rock.

How far is Valley of Fire from Las Vegas?

The Valley of Fire is approximately 53 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas and usually takes about an hour to reach by car.

Day trip to Red Rock Canyon

4. Day trip to Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon, one of the Mojave Desert's most stunning and colorful expanses, is home to countless geological wonders. Follow the 13-mile (21 kilometers) scenic loop that features frequent stops to see the dramatic rock formations basking in blazing reds and oranges. You have plenty of chances to hike, climb, boulder, or simply enjoy how the light shapes the rocks as the sun shifts throughout the day. Catching the view from the top of Wilson Cliffs is a must before you descend to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, a working ranch once owned by the renowned business and engineering icon Howard Hughes. Before you make your way back, hike out to the cluster of fiery fossilized sand dunes known as the Calico Hills.

How far is Red Rock Canyon from Las Vegas?

About 23 miles (30 km) from Las Vegas, which takes 30 minutes by car or bus.

Day trip to Death Valley National Park

5. Day trip to Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is the largest national park in the United States, as well as the hottest and driest, making it a must-see destination for anyone looking for a day trip into the desert around Las Vegas. Visitors of Death Valley National Park should make sure to see Dante’s View, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, where borax was once mined, and the ghost town of Rhyolite.

How far is Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas?

At 123 miles (198 kilometers), Death Valley is approximately two hours’ drive from Las Vegas to reach the entrance at Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center.

Las Vegas Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Due to the distances and landscapes involved, and the lack of other transportation options, we highly recommend taking a car for your trip.
  • • Las Vegas day trips by train

    Options for Las Vegas day trips by train are extremely limited and are usually the most inconvenient form of transport around the area.

  • • Las Vegas day trips by bus

    Bus tours are a great way to visit one of these destinations near Las Vegas. Travel times are typically about the same as for a car: Try a hop-on hop-off bus or guided tour to make the most out of the journey. Buses frequently go to Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, and Red Rock Canyon. All buses stop at the Grand Canyon.

  • • Las Vegas day trips by car

    For traveling across the deserts around Las Vegas, a car makes the most sense and is the fastest and most flexible option. Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, and the Grand Canyon can all be reached by car.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Due to the size and scale of the region and its many hidden secrets, a guided tour outside Las Vegas can provide visitors with an understanding they likely would not get on their own. Whether you’re learning about the intricacies of the Hoover Dam or discovering how the earth was shaped at the Grand Canyon, having an expert guide can make a world of difference on your trip.


What should I pack for my day trip?

As Las Vegas sits in the middle of the deserts of Nevada, it’s best to dress for arid climates and sparse shade. Wear loose, breathable clothing and a hat and sunglasses. Be sure to bring good sunscreen and carry plenty of water to stay hydrated. Of course, keep a light jacket or windbreaker on hand for when the desert temperatures drop at night.


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What people are saying about Las Vegas

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,454 reviews

Well worth the money! This was my first time seeing the Grand Canyon and first time flying in a helicopter. I will say, save your money on the Skywalk, bur do the other stops at the overlook area. Skywalk won't let you take your own pictures, so it's a long line waiting to get your picture took.

We had a fantastic day. The tour itself was great and the tour guide, driver and food provided by sweet tours was first class. We really enjoyed our day and learned so much. Will definitely do again and highly recommend! Thank you

That's just what it was an experience I will never forget. That's a story I can for the rest of my life. Good job Giant and Nelson.

Gia is an absolutely amazing tour guide! And Nelson got us to our destination safely! Would definitely recommend this trip

Guided tour with bonus info. Just the right amount of time, got us back in time for our evening show.