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Grand Canyon Trips from Las Vegas

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon is the most rewarding day trip. There are a number of ways to get there, but it’s important to better understand the mighty Grand Canyon before taking the journey. Let’s get started.

Sightseeing from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

Sightseeing from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon is pretty simple since it is just a short distance away from many of the national park’s world-renowned destinations. Landmarks like Eagle Point, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and the South Rim are within hours of Sin City. 

With the immense amount of ground to cover, most Las Vegas trips to the Grand Canyon focus on a particular rim of the canyon to explore to its fullest. Deciding on which rim of the Grand Canyon is the "best" to visit, the truth is, it completely depends on your timeline, budget, and personal preferences.

Grand Canyon Excursions from Las Vegas

Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the premier destinations in the world. The Grand Canyon is also, well, grand! At 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, it’s important to know which sites you’d like to visit when planning Grand Canyon excursions from Las Vegas.

Did you know? The Grand Canyon has three rims to choose from: North Rim, South Rim, West Rim. Each rim boasts their its own features that differ greatly from one another. Learn more about each Grand Canyon rim below and the best ways to get there from Vegas.

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim

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Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim features flights through the most famous and photographed areas of the canyon for one reason. The Grand Canyon South Rim includes renowned viewpoints like Bright Angel Point and Mather Point. This portion of the canyon is also part of the Grand Canyon National Park. Full-day bus tours include stops at Grand Canyon Village and the National Geographic Visitor Center.

While on one of the daily helicopter, airplane, bus, or Hummer trips, you may even catch glimpses of desert wildlife in the Kaibab National Forest.

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Las Vegas to Grand Canyon North

Escape the crowds and explore the raw beauty of the Grand Canyon North. This section of the canyon is less commercialized and is ideal for explorers who want to ditch the tourist traps. Trips to the north end of the canyon can include airplane tours, ATV excursions, horseback riding, and hiking. You can even elevate your Southwestern adventure with a 2-day/1-night trip to Bar 10 Ranch in the Grand Canyon North. Tours from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon North are limited exclusively to small groups of our guests and include a visit to the inner gorge of the canyon.

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Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West Rim

Experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon's West Rim from Las Vegas. On tours of this breathtaking section of the canyon, guests can stroll along the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, float along the Colorado River, or even land a helicopter on a private plateau of the canyon floor. The West Rim also features breathtaking 360-degree canyon views at Guano Point and famous lookouts like Eagle Point.

Papillon offers daily helicopter, airplane, bus, and adventure tours that run from Las Vegas to this Hualapai Indian-owned section of the Grand Canyon.

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Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

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Views of the Hoover Dam en route to the Grand Canyon on one of Papillon's Las Vegas trips to the Grand Canyon

Think that your Grand Canyon adventure is limited to just one famous destination? Think again. Many of Papillon's world-class tours to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas travel past the modern engineering marvel that is the Hoover Dam and the massive body of water it created, Lake Mead. Some trips even stop at the Hoover Dam to tour the interior or get photos from the observation deck at O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge.

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Types of Grand Canyon Day Trips from Las Vegas

Helicopter Trips

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Soar into adventure on a state-of-the-art helicopter during a Las Vegas trip to the Grand Canyon with Papillon

Papillon helicopter trips from Las Vegas introduce 600,000 guests to the wonders of the Grand Canyon each year. With more than 50 years of flying the Grand Canyon and beyond, Papillon is the largest and most experienced helicopter tour operator in the world. 

Soar into adventure with helicopter flights from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Or upgrade your South Rim bus tour to include aerial views of the Grand Canyon National Park. A world-class helicopter ride of the Grand Canyon is sure to be an experience you'll never forget.

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Airplane Trips

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Catch breathtaking aerial views from an airplane during Papillon's Las Vegas trips to the Grand Canyon

Experience magnificent aerial views of the Grand Canyon aboard one of Papillon's first-rate airplane trips. From the air you can see across the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon and straight down to the canyon floor where the mighty Colorado River has flowed for millennia. Papillon's airplanes are specifically designed for sightseeing and are the perfect option for medium- to large-sized groups. Each aircraft comes equipped with climate control and headset narration for each passenger.

Airplane trips fly to all three of the Grand Canyon's impressive rims and provide amazing views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in the process.

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Bus Trips

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Cruise through the Southwest on a bus Las Vegas trip to the Grand Canyon with Papillon

Let one of our state-of-the-art motorcoaches whisk you away from Sin City for a full day of exploring the raw beauty of the American Southwest. The driving distance from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is within a few hours to both the West and South Rim, so either destination is perfect for a day trip from Las Vegas.

Bus trips from Las Vegas travel through the exotic Mojave Desert, 900-year-old Joshua Tree Forests, the colossal Hoover Dam, the glistening Lake Mead, and of course the Grand Canyon.

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Adventure Trips

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Add an exhilarating adventure tour to your Las Vegas trip to the Grand Canyon with Papillon

Add a little extra adventure to your helicopter, bus, or airplane trip to the Grand Canyon. Adventure trips are sure to get your adrenaline pumping while exploring the breathtaking landscapes.

Explore the North canyon on an ATV ride or on horseback or embark on a rafting trip down the Colorado River to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Thrillseekers, adventurers, and beginners alike are sure to enjoy these adventure trips to the Grand Canyon.

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FAQs About Planning Your Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Trip

Which part of the Grand Canyon is closest to Las Vegas?

The West Rim is the closest section of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. It is located about 130 miles from the heart of Las Vegas. On average, the drive takes approximately two and a half hours.

What is the best way to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?

We may be a little biased, but we believe the best way to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is aboard one of Papillon's state-of-the-art helicopter or airplane tours.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and our partners are proud to introduce the wonder of the Grand Canyon (and other incredible landmarks) to more than 600,000 guests each year. We also operate the largest fleet of sightseeing aircraft in the world, offer all-inclusive pricing, and have served over 50+ years of superior service while transporting guests the Grand Canyon.

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Where do Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas pick up?

We pick up for Grand Canyon tours from most major Las Vegas hotels on the Strip and Downtown.

If you are not staying at one of the major Las Vegas hotels, simply travel to the nearest one. You do not have to be staying at a hotel to be picked up by one of our shuttles.

Las Vegas hotel shuttles will drop riders off at our VIP terminal located in Boulder City, Nevada. For departures from other cities and states, visit our locations page.

Can you do a day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon?

Absolutely! Papillon has been transporting guests to the Grand Canyon for decades. We offer multiple world-class helicopter, airplane, and bus tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon every day.

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What is the best Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas?

Papillon offers a number of incredible day trips from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Helicopter tours, airplane tours, bus tours, and adventure tours run daily from Las Vegas to the scenic destination.

A few of the most popular day tours include:

Whitewater raft and helicopter tour of the Colorado River & West Rim

How much does it cost to go to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?

It depends. The price of each trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is based on a number of factors. For example, a few of the choices that will impact the price of your trip include:

  • The tour destination
  • The length of your tour
  • The tour vehicle that you choose
  • Whether there are any additional experiences or upgrades

Seem complicated? Don't worry. The cost of each trip is conveniently located next to each individual tour listing. And with Papillon, the rate we quote online is the rate you'll pay. No guesswork required.

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Which side of the Grand Canyon is best for a day trip?

That depends on what you're looking for!

The Grand Canyon West Rim is the closest rim to Las Vegas. In addition to being closer, this rim features the famous Skywalk and permits our helicopter tours to land on a private plateau on the canyon floor.

However, if you're looking for a longer experience or want to visit the Grand Canyon National Park on your trip, the South Rim or North canyon are the ideal vacation destinations for you. The South Rim features the Grand Canyon's most famous lookout points while the North side is the perfect chance to escape the crowds.

Learn more about the different rims with our Grand Canyon rim comparison guide.