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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.

Las Vegas: FLY LINQ Zipline Fast-Track Ticket

3. Las Vegas: FLY LINQ Zipline Fast-Track 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.

Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

4. 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.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

5. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Tour & Lunch

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

Explore the world-famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on a day trip from Las Vegas, with entry tickets included. Hike through the Arizona landscape and stop to take photos at scenic spots. Meet your guide in Las Vegas and board the air-conditioned luxury coach bus to begin your experience. Relax on the drive to Page, and enjoy views of the Virgin River Gorge and rock formations at the Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument.  Walk between the famous sculpted sandstone walls as you admire the kaleidoscope-life colors and patterns of light you’ve seen 1000 times before in photos.  Stop to take your own personal photos as you listen to your Navajo guide share tidbits about the local history and culture. And enjoy your included granola bar and water along the way if you get hungry or thirsty. Continue onto Horseshoe Bend Overlook next, where the Colorado River has carved the famous horseshoe-shaped turn. Enjoy a short round-trip hike of 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) to reach the viewpoint, then enjoy the views of the river as it flows through Glen Canyon.  Head back to the bus for your return journey to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at the original starting point.

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

7. 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.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

8. 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 Grand 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.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

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

Leave bustling Las Vegas and head out on a scenic drive into Navajo territory on a van tour. Explore this striking landscape with the help of a local Navajo guide, learning about the area's rich and long history. See iconic natural landmarks like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Begin your tour with a 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.

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.

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

Just wanted to recommend the tour we went on this week with a company called ’Mojave wave’ through Get Your Guide. We booked them for the Grand canyon & Hoover dam and they were amazing. We got picked up at 5.30 from our hotel and was promised it would ‘miss the crowds’ which was so worth it. The first stop we made was at the Las Vegas sign and a perfect photo opportunity. The tour guides gave us water and we’re very knowledgeable making the trip fun and interesting. We then made another stop further down, a time to use the bathroom and get any more refreshments. We went onto the Grand Canyon which and were literally the first people there - no crowds! The next stop was a place to see the famous Joshua tree and then we stopped further down in Boulder City. The final stop of the trip was at hoover dam where we got off the bus and had a look around. The tour hides Jason and Brian were great. We also got a subway lunch included which was ideal. Definitely recommend these guys!

Louise was very knowledgeable about our trip. Any questions he answered without hesitation. Kept us hydrated all the time and was a willing helper on and off the bus. He also packed some extra little stops for us. An excellent experience and would recommend to friends and family.

I took the tour on May 29, 2022 and it was absolutely AMAZING!!! Pasquale was our Driver and Tour Guide. He was very friendly, helpful and organized. Everyone on the bus were talking about how nice he is and he took great pics of all of us. Definitely made our trip very special.

A well organized operation from pick up to drop off. Our guide, Jaren, was amazing. Funny, very informative, sweet and kind to take so many photos. Jaren shared a ton of interesting facts about the Canyon. My family and I had a wonderful time!

The tour was well organized and our guide Branson loosened up the trip with lots of information and films. At the canyon itself we had 3 hours of free time, which was enough to get a good impression.