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Getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas: 6 Different Options You Can Take

Are you looking for the best way for getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? This blog post will show you all the different methods of getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and help you decide!

There are lots of amazing things you can do in Las Vegas (click here for some ideas), but one of the most popular day trips from las vegas has to be the Grand Canyon. The incredible Grand Canyon is only a few hours drive from las vegas, so it’s the perfect opportunity to marvel at this stunning part of the world. If you’re weighing up your options of getting to the Grand Canyon from Las vegas – there are few different ways we’ll go over here.

Getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas…

So how far is the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? And what different transport option are there?

  • It’s about 270 miles away.
  • If you flew it would take 50 minutes.
  • By Car it’s about 5 hours.
  • On a bike it would take 2 days.
  • If you walked it would take a week.
  • The average day tour (by coach) takes 12 hours (including stops).

You’ve got a variety of options (as listed above, haha!) but I’ll go through them from here.

Drive yourself

The drives from Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon takes about 5 hours, but it takes you through some INSANE scenery, and you get to go by Hoover Dam and Area 51. If there’s two of you driving you could split it up, but if you’re doing a road trip we’d recommend that you camp at the Grand Canyon overnight. That way you can see the sun go down and then come back up again before you head back to Vegas. 

If you do a little bit of research about the best places to see the Grand Canyon, you can make sure you’re stopping in all the good view points too!

Take a tour

I highly recommend travelling from Las vegas to the Grand Canyon using a tour group, as it lets you soak in all the sights, without any risk of getting lost. It also means you don’t need to worry about renting a car or getting insured, etc, etc.

The Pink Jeep tour is my favorite Grand Canyon tour company leaving from Las Vegas – I’ve done several tours with them, and they’ve all been absolutely brilliant. The tour guides know so much info, it’s fun, there are plenty of stops and they pick the best Las vegas view points to enjoy. Their tours also let you see the hoover dam too! You’ll feel like you’re being driven around by a pal for most of the day.

Click here to book a Grand Canyon Day trip with Pink Jeep Tours.

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Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

This takes about 50 minutes and is an absolutely decadent way to get to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. There’s a few companies offering this amazing trip, especially as helicopter rides have become more affordable, and the view more talked about on social. Papillon are an industry, leader though, and they come highly recommended. 

Click here to book a helicopter ride from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.

getting to the grand canyon from las vegas

Small plane ride from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

If you want to see the Grand Canyon from above, then a small plane ride is one of the best ways you can get to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. We know that by car or coach getting to the grand canyon from las vegas is a bit time consuming – but by plane, it can take less than an hour!

The tour I recommend (click here for tickets) includes:

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Roundtrip air flight to the Grand Canyon
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Picnic style box lunch
  • Local taxes, fees and surcharges
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When should I go to the Grand Canyon?

Spring: one of the best times to go. Temperatures are on the rise, but it’s not too hot yet in the day to hike comfortably, and you’re missing out on all the tourist hubbub of the summer months. Can still be chilly though. 

Summer:this is peak season – with gloriously long sunny days and temperatures of 30C  it’s easy to see why. The park can get extremely hot and temperatures in the canyon can soar to 45C so be careful if this is the time you’re going, hike early in the morning to beat the sun.

Autumn: almost as good a time to go as in the spring, although the canyon doesn’t have quite so much verdant life within it after the scorching hot summer. 

Winter: the North rim of the canyon is closed In The winter, so this is maybe not the best time to come if you’re heading over there. However, the canyon is pretty empty of people at this time, and despite the frosty temperatures it can be incredibly beautiful with snow capping its undulations. Many south rim trails, like kaibob (my favourite) will remain open too so it can be an exciting time to check out the canyon. 

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How long should I stay?

A day is enough if you’ve got limited time. You can take any of the options above to make it really easy (tour, helicopter or plane).

However, if you’ve got time to spare, I would advocate for camping, in fine weather, in the Stte Park itself.

There’s a fee, but it does mean that you can explore the canyon at your leisure. A couple of days should do it, but if you’re short on time you can check the canyon out in just a few hours and then nip back to Sin City for a roll or the dice or a spin of the wheel. (Again please don’t question me on my gambling knowledge I have no idea how it works) 

Top tips for visiting the Grand Canyon

  • Pack enough water. Getting dehydrated on a trail can be super dangerous!
  • Take adequate clothing for the weather. Warm things in winter, a hat and suncream in the summer. 
  • Choose your viewing points: click here for our advice on that
  • Take a nap of all the bus routes with you so you can find your way around.
  • Have FUN!
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Best places to see the Grand Canyon (with photos!)

Honestly, nothing can prepare you for how big the Grand Canyon is. When I first saw it I couldn’t make my brain understand it at all, it was like a magical place of dreams, a vastness made by wind and rain and time. Finding the best places to see the Grand Canyon is important – so keep reading to make sure you see it in all it’s glory!

Actually choosing where to see the Grand Canyon from is pretty easy, whilst there are some ‘famous’ view points, the Canyon tends to look pretty amazing from wherever you see it from.

However, we’d definitely recommend checking off some key look-out points to ensure you’ve see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory! After all, if you’re taking the time to visit this insane landmark, you want to make sure you’ve seen as much of it as you possible can.

Popular choice: Mather Point

First on my list of the best places to see the Grand Canyon, it’s Mather Point.

Everyone goes on about Mather Point – and it’s with good reason! This is one of the most popular spots to soak in the grand Canyon, and it’s usually busy and crowed. To avoid the crowds of this view point, I recommend getting there as early as possible – so you miss those big bus tour groups that tend to arrive after 9 or 10am.

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Less crowds than Mather Point: Yavapai Point

Next on my list of best places to see the Grand Canyon, it’s Yavapai point. Similar landscapes and views to Mather Point, but with less crowds (as it doesn’t get frequented by as many tour groups). There’s plenty to see from here (obviously!) and the view spans for miles in front of you. This is a lovely place to see the Grand Canyon at sunset too!

list of Best places to see the Grand Canyon

Sunrise: Ooh Aah point

Next up on my list of best places to see the Grand Canyon, it’s Ooh Aah Point. Don’t you love the name?

This one requires a little bit of hiking in the dark, so pack a torch with you, and you’ll be working down hill so take it easy and gentle. This path is relatively easy though, and the view of the sunrise coming up from the other side of the canyon from Ooh aaah point though is truly something I will never forget.

It required getting up at 5am, catching the shuttle in in the dark, and hiking 1.8km downhill with a torch, but watch light return to the canyon, and see the colours change from inky blacks purples and blues to vibrant reds and greens was unforgettable. Of course, you can see this Grand Canyon view point in the day time too – and it’s just as beautiful!

Great all-rounder: Hopi Point

My next idea for Grand Canyon viewpoints, is Hopi Point. Hopi Point is one of the best all-rounders for viewing the Grand Canyon. The view from here really gives you a sense of the size and scope of the canyon, and that’s probably why it’s a real favorite for many people. This view point is located along Hermit Driveso it’s pretty easy to get to from Grand Canyon Village. This is a classic option for best places to see the Grand Canyon.

Anther thing I love about this view point of the Grand Canyon is how much it ‘sticks out’ into the Canyon itself. This gives you a really great angle on the drop – and makes for some pretty insane photography too!

places to see the Grand Canyon

Less busy: Mohave Point

If you want to escape the big crowds and tour buses, then Mohave point (near to Hopi Point) is a really good shout. It’s not far from Hopi Point at all, but it’s often overlooked and so the crowds don’t tend to gather here quite as much. This is a lesser known idea for best places to see the Grand Canyon, but it’s certainly a great choice.

There’s also a free shuttle to from Hopi Point to Mohave Point, which is pretty damn useful and makes seeing multiple viewpoints really simple and hassle-free.

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North rim: Bright Angel Point

My next location for best places to see the Grand Canyon, is Bright Angel Point. Bright Angel Point is one of the most popular places to see the Grand Canyon from the North Rim. It’s one of the must-see viewpoints over this side of the Canyon, so if you plan on spending time over at the North Rim, then this is a place to put on your list.

It’s really easy to get to Bright Angel Point, and the view are beautiful (as you’d expect).

grand canyon view points

For an amazing photo opportunity: Cape Royal

How could I write a list of best places to see the Grand Canyon, and not include my favorite photo spot in the Grand Canyon?

For an incredible photo opportunity, I don’t think you can beat Cape Royal. There’s just something about the rock formations in this part of the canyon that look so epic and stunning – making it well worth a visit. Why is it so scenic? Well it’s here that you’ll find Wotans Throne!

Cape Royal is actually located at the tip of the Walhalla Plateau, and it’s only a short drive from the North Rim visitor center (15 miles to be precise!). You’ll find a parking area, with a short trail (it’s easy enough) to reach the viewpoint.

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Sunset choice: Hermits Route lookout point

And last of all on my list of best places to see the Grand Canyon, it’s Hermits Route. This offers a view down Hermit’s route, a hiking trail that works its way down into the canyon itself, but this is the best place to get a glimpse of the sun sliding down into the Canyon. The sun seems to take forever to set, and it’s from here that you can really see how green and alive the canyon is. There’s no barriers to the canyon from here as it’s a trail head as well as a viewing point.

You can sit on the edge of the canyon and dangle your legs Into the dip if you’re feeling daring. We took a picnic up and ate it as the sun slid away and darkness fell over the canyon floor. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

I hope this list of the best places to view the Grand Canyon are useful!

Where’s your favourite spot to view the canyon from? Let us know in the comments! Also, if you fancy just taking a tour of the Grand Canyon (and you’re happy to let the professionals to all the work) then here are some amazing tours of the Grand Canyon I personally recommend…

19 fun things to do in Sedona with kids

Are you heading to Sedona soon with your family? If so, you might be looking for things to do in Sedona with kids – to make sure you’ve got lots of ideas up your sleeve!

Do not worry my stressed parent friends – if you’re looking for things to do in Sedona with kids, we’ve got you covered! Even if you’re looking at this way ahead of time (well done for being organised) we’ve got a gorgeous list of things to do in Sedona with kids that keep them all happy. We’ve tried to include lots of ideas on this list, things to do in Sedona with kids, to suit all kinds of ages and interests!

So keep reading, and learn more about what to do in Sedona with kids!

Take a Pink Jeep Tour

First on my list of things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s a Pink Jeep tour! Sedona is right on the edge of so many amazing landscapes, and the chances are, they’ve heard about all these national parks and beautiful rock formations in their school lessons, so visiting it in real life and seeing it for themselves will be so exciting for them.

There are lots of tours available, but personally, I recommend the Pink Jeep Tours company – I’ve used them a couple of times and they’re always so great, fun and informative. Also – your child will love riding in a bright pink jeep – it’s so much more fun than a boring coach journey! They will be talking about it for years!

Click here to book yourself onto a Pink Jeep Tour from Sedona.

list of fun things to do in Sedona with kids

Bell Rock Pathway Hike

Next on my list of things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s the Bell Rock hike. This rock is one hell of a looker. It looks like a huge Bell and it is stunning with its characteristic Arizonan red striped rock formation. The trail itself is pretty easy and at being only 3.5 miles in a round trip you and the kids should be able to do it in about an hour and a half. 

You can climb the rock itself too for a nice flat spot to have a picnic with the kids and take in the views. Keep the kids close, and go slow over some of the trickier bits of climbing up the rock, and you’ll be making some great memories! 

Explore uptown Sedona

Sedona is a gorgeous city – you and the kids will find loads of amazing things to see and do there from shopping in Candle Magic to find crystals to take home with you, or getting an ice cream somewhere. So exploring Uptown Sedona is next on my list of things to do in Sedona with kids.

There’s also the Sedona Heritage Museum that’ll give you loads of Info about the surrounding area, and about the properties of the red rock that Native Americans believe is sacred. Mostly the museum focuses on the history of European settlers in the area, though, so if you’re looking for in-depth knowledge about ancient traditions you’ll want to look elsewhere. 

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Do the ‘Colarado river float’

This is one of my favorite things to do in Sedona with kids!

This lovely day trip is suitable for all ages, and it’s a really lovely day out for kids to experience and take part in with their families. You’ll be taken out to the beautiful Glen Canyon, and then you’ll get to cruise the mighty Colorado River on a HUGE river float. The ride is smooth, easy and relaxing – with incredible views and lunch included too! It’s a fun, safe and exciting 4 ½ -hour water tour and it departs from Sedona – so really convenient!

You can book your tickets by clicking here.

fun things to do in Sedona with kids

Sedona Stargazing

Something a little different now for things to do in Sedona with kids! Something everyone can enjoy from tiny kids, to big ones, to grownups. The crystal clear desert skies and very low light pollution means that you can experience heart achingly beautiful views of the universe. Lie on your backs in a circle and just gaze upwards; it’s all you need to do! 

I recommend doing a star-gazing tour if you can, it makes the experience much more fascinating, and it’s a great educational experience for kids (and adults). I love this particular star-gazing tour because they include some UFO information too – which kids will absolutely adore.  You’ll get to discover the hidden secrets hanging overhead as your UFO guide shows you the unexplained activity visible through military-grade night vision goggles (what kid wouldn’t LOVE that!?).

things to do in Sedona with kids

Camping in Oak Creek Canyon

Next on my list of things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s a bit of camping! Get the kids back to nature, and get yourself there too, by camping in the wild outdoors. My top tip would be to put all the phones in the glove box of the car and not touch them for the entire time you’re there!

There’s a 7 day limit on camping, and it’s usually best to try and book in advance. There’s loads of hiking and fishing to be done so keep your peepers peeled for trails you like the look of. 

Starlight 66 Lanes Bowling

This isn’t ‘the great outdoors’ but sometimes you want to keep your kids out of the sun, or just just fancy a day inside out of the heat. Bowling at Starlight lanes would be a great option for those kind of days, and every kid loves bowling.

You can order some ‘naughty’ food like fries and burgers, have a family competition, and just enjoy taking it easy! This is a great to have up your sleeve for things to do in Sedona with kids, and kids always love a bit of bowling.

Grand Canyon Railroad Tour From Sedona

Next up, for things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s a Grand Canyon railroad! Kids love trains and kids love the Grand Canyon – so this tour is a best of both worlds situation. Not only do you get to ride one of the most famous trains the country (the Grand Canyon railroad) you also get to visit the Grand Canyon!

Again, your kids will have definitely learnt about the Grand Canyon in their school lessons, so getting to see it in person will be really exciting for them! Make sure they take lots of photos to show their class when they get back home!

Click here to book yourselves onto the Grand Canyon railroad experience.

grand canyon rail road things to do in sedona

Boynton Canyon Trail

This ones good for the whole family, and you can even bring your dog along on a lead if you want to! Terrain varies from desert to forest, and is a beautiful spot to take some family photos and enjoy some time exploring. You could make a list of foraging items, and see how many the kids can find in the afternoon. Be sure to pack enough water as it can get HOT.

West Sedona Canyon: 3-Hour ATV Tour

If your kids are a little older (talking more teenagers, and 8-12 year olds, this isn’t the best idea for you. children who are under 6). But if your kids are older, then this ATV tour is a hit idea for things to do in Sedona with kids.

I don’t think you could find something they would love more – it’s just an epic day out, so much fun, and so enjoyable too. This is such a great idea for things to do in Sedona with kids, and the kids are guaranteed to love every second.

Click here to book yourself onto my recommended ATV tour from Sedona.

best fun things to do in Sedona with kids

Chapel of the Holy cross

Whether you’re religious, a big fan of architecture, you just like looking at beautiful things you’re likely to be stunned by this architectural feat. Go at a time when the sun hits the stained glass windows. Built in 1956 it sits in the red rocks and is almost a part of them. This is quite an educational option for things to do in Sedona with kids, but some kids will love learning about the history of the area!

Sedona Community Swimming Pool

Next on my list of fun things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s the community swimming pool!

This lovely little community swimming pool is an ideal place to take the kids on a hot summer day – so it’s worth adding to your list of things to do in Sedona with kids! The swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend (May 23) through to October, and there’s activities for all ages here. There’s even a water slide for the kids, lounge chairs (for the adults!) and a picnic area too.

It’s $2 for children and $3 for adults, so it’s a bargain!

Take a stroll down Main Street

Shops to look in, souvenir shopping, cafes, icecream – there’s plenty to do and see on main street – so enjoy it! Kids will love exploring and being able to look in shops and enjoy some delicious food! Sometimes it’s the simple things that kids love the most. Take a look at Tripadvisor for some advice on what to do in Main Street.

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A hot air balloon expedition

I mean this will win you cool parent points if nothing else does! A hot air balloon ride over this stunning countryside is likely to make a holiday, and really give your whole family something exceptional to remember. An epic option for things to do in Sedona with kids, but it’d create some amazing family memories, that’s for sure!

Visit Harkins Cinema

OK, we know that you can visit a cinema in any town or city – but kids love to visit the cinema on vacation – and if you let them get all the popcorn and candy they want – it’s suddenly it’s the best day out ever. Harkins Cinema is the local cinema in Sedona, and this is a great option for rainy days (rare but they do happen!) to keep up your sleeve just in case.

It’s also a great idea for evenings, when you want to do an activity, but want to stay pretty low-key and relaxed. Definitely not the most exciting option on this list of things to do in Sedona with kids, but it’s a classic idea that will always be a hit.

Montezuma Castle

Built into the rocks like an impenetrable fortress from a Sci Fi movie, the Montezuma Castle was built out of mud and the rocks and was home to the Sinagua people between the 12th and 15th centuries. Definitely worth checking out! If your kids love Star Wars and sci-fi this might be a great things to do in Sedona with kids for them – because it reminds me of some of the film-sets for those movies.

Palatki world heritage site

This is the place to come to learn about the ancient traditions and history of the red rocks of Arizona, the Palatki world heritage site is a lovely place to teach your kids something about history. The UNESCO world history site remembers the Sinagua people who live dim this region, and died out for reasons unknown.

The word Palatki means red house, and refers to homes made out of the red rock cliffs and were inhabited between 1100 and 1359. The Rick art is also super interesting! 

Cathedral rock trail

Next on my list of fun things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s the Cathedral rock hike. A shorter hike with a lot less elevation gain, this ones great for littler kids as you won’t be out walking for quite so long. The sights are just as gorgeous as at other longer hiking trails, too! 

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Sunset Park (and Ellie’s playground)

And last up on my list of things to do in Sedona with kids, it’s a playground! A normal playground, but located in the heart of Sedona – it’s a great option for things to do with kids in Sedona, especially if you need them to burn off some energy. Visit Ellie’s Playground and let them go loops around the slides and climbing frames – they’ll love it!

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We hope you and the kids have a rocking time in Sedona – let us know what you and your brood got up to in the comments! Hope this list of things to do in Sedona with kids has been useful and given you loads of inspiration!