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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

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

2. 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.

Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

3. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom 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.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

Embark on a full day of adventure and fun with this VIP tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim – home of the famous Skywalk. Depart Las Vegas by a luxury air-conditioned bus (with a bathroom onboard) in the morning, included in this tour is a hot sit down breakfast at a local restaurant just outside of Vegas. (Vegetarian options are available). This tour includes a photo stop at the Hoover Dam, where you are able to get incredible panoramic photos of the dam.. Have your camera at the ready for the numerous photo stops on the drive through the famous Joshua Tree Forest, spending your time in the expert company of fully-trained professional tour guides all the way Once at the canyon you will receive VIP bus access - no need to transfer to a shuttle bus to take you around the view points like other tours - this tour uses the same bus that picks you up from the hotel teo take you around at the Canyon, meaning more time to enjoy the amazing views, and less time waiting in lines. You will also receive a scenic BBQ lunch at the Canyon at Guano Point, where you may enjoy your meal surrounded by the incredible beauty of the canyon . (Vegetarian options are also available) It is also possible to treat yourself to a trip on the world-famous glass Skywalk built over the edge of the canyon, if you select this option when booking.

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

5. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and visit top secret Area 51. See ghost towns of the Wild West, and famous Zabriskie Point. Stop at remote Area 51 Alien Center. Keep watch for top secret military aircraft flying training runs nearby. Work up an appetite and visit Death Valley Nut and Candy Company. See the ghost town of Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where the highest-ever temperature was recorded. Ask the park rangers questions or pick up a souvenir. Finally, visit Badwater Basin, with the lowest elevation in North America (282 feet below sea level) and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

6. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

Hop in an air-conditioned van and head to either the famous Lower Antelope Canyon or the secluded Antelope Canyon X with your Navajo tribal guide. Get off the beaten path and see sights like Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River on this small-group experience. Indulge in the scenic views from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon as you pass back and forth across the Utah and Arizona state borders on your way to Page, AZ. Depending on the weather, stop in either Mesquite, Nevada, or Hurricane, Utah, for an opportunity to stretch your legs, use the facilities, and grab coffee before continuing to the Antelope Canyon. Wander past red sandstone walls and spiraling corkscrew formations that illuminate the canyon when the sunlight climbs down. After a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a 10-minute drive to Horseshoe Bend will take you to your 1 km hike. Make your way to a vista point overlooking the famed bend in the Colorado River for stunning views. Make the most of the opportunity to get close to the 1,000-foot drop for photos of one of nature's most beautiful sights. From there, relax as your professional driver-guide heads back to Las Vegas for your hotel drop-off, with convenient pit stops on the way.

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

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Explore the majestic scenery of the Grand Canyon and the world of the Hualapai tribe on a full-day tour to the West Rim from Las Vegas with lunch and transfers, plus optional helicopter, boat, and Skywalk experiences.  Your guide will provide a live narration as you travel, while you sit back and relax on a state-of-the-art luxury bus. Travel through the ancient Joshua Tree Forest en route to the West Rim. Stop for a great photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam from the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. On arrival, explore the tribal village and Hualapai Market. Grab a bite to eat at the Skywalk Café, before getting panoramic views from Guano Point and Eagle Point. Brave the latest attraction here — the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk. Learn the history and geology of the Canyon from your local guide. Then meet some of the Hualapai tribe when they perform a traditional dance in their full tribal dress. Tailor the rest of the tour to include the experiences you would like from the options below.  Tour with Skywalk Entry Ticket Walk across the sky on the glass bridge situated 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor. Get a complete 360˚ panoramic view of the Grand Canyon West Rim. Tour with Helicopter and Cruise Complete your Grand Canyon experience with a thrilling helicopter flight 4,000 feet down to the Canyon floor. Then, board a pontoon boat for a 15-minute ride along the Colorado River. Tour with Helicopter, Cruise, and Skywalk Entry Ticket This is the full package to see the Grand Canyon West Rim from top to bottom. Enjoy the glass Skywalk, thrilling helicopter flight to the base of the canyon, and a 15-minute pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River. Then, unwind as you are transferred back to your accommodation in Las Vegas after your day at the Grand Canyon.  

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas and admire the canyon’s West Rim from above. Get picked up from your hotel in Las Vegas and head on down to Boulder Terminal for your check-in. Board the air-conditioned passenger aircraft, and prepare for take-off. Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona. Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations as you benefit from expert commentary in 1 of 16 languages. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder Terminal and be dropped off back to your hotel in Las Vegas, where your tour will end. You can request a commemorative flight certificate, and personalized photos are available to purchase.

Las Vegas: FLY LINQ Zipline Ticket

9. Las Vegas: FLY LINQ Zipline Ticket

Soar through the sky at an altitude of at least 114 feet over the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas with this zipline ticket. Take an elevator on Las Vegas Boulevard to experience the city from new heights. Save time at this popular attraction with a skip-the-line ticket. d 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.

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

10. 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.

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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

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based on 3,454 reviews

My guides with Fun Group were Tomo and Yu. The pickup point at Bellagio was easy to find thanks to the company’s good communication. Driving was shared between our guides because it was a 17 hour day. They were both very safe drivers I was impressed. The van I was in had a high top and well temperature controlled. This tour is well worth it. The guides did preplanned pit stops at good intervals. It was so much easier on a tour as they know exactly where the best viewing and photo opportunities were. Tomo is a seasoned photographer, as I was touring alone he was able to take shots of myself with the landscape as well as the rest of the group. That itself was worth the tour cost. The three included sights are magnificent and it was not rushed to see each site. You visit Canyon X with a Navajo guide. Beautiful. Our group of ladies was also a fun group to tour with on sept 9. Highly recommend company and tour. Details were well planned - no hiccups. It’s a long day. Recommend Tomo too!

My wife & I had a wonderful time on our Sweet Tour to the Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam. Our guide (Konoa) & driver (Carlos) were outstanding! The trip was fun, informative, interesting, funny & so beautiful. It was our 1st trip to the Canyon & Hoover Dam. We were blown away. We both learned quite a bit too as Konoa was a fountain of interesting facts. A great time. Too, my wife left her hat on the bus and the company (Earl) personally delivered it to our hotel. Big thanks for that extra effort. And thanks to the receptionist (Lucille?). She also went above & beyond making sure my wife got her hat back. We would definitely use Sweet Tour Co again & would recommend them to our friends & family. Thanks for a wonderful time!!

We were able to visit the Valley of Fire as a small group. 10 was a much better number then the big busses. We had a guide who pointed out all the site and more. Before we left we even got to see long horn sheep. Not just one but a baby with both parents. We even learned what plants they eat. Plus what we could survive on if we got lost in the dessert. We stopped at the little museum to see their information, grab a bathroom break and even an ice cream - it was a hot day. I am really glad we had Mark as our driver he really went out of his way for us. We even started our day with a picture at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Some of the best pictures I have were taken that day by Mark.

Excellent tour. Most competent driver, Nelson. Gregarious and VERY knowledgeable guide, Gia. A most memorable day. Blessings! Arie & Betsy

Hostess, tour guide Tricia was amazing. Nothing was ever too much. Sights out of this world, And I mean it.