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Tours from Las Vegas to National Parks and other landmarks are humbling and rewarding experiences. Catch glimpses of inspiring national landscapes with Papillon.

Tours from Las Vegas to National Parks

Tours from Las Vegas to National Parks and other landmarks are humbling and rewarding experiences. There are a number of ways to get there - helicopter, plane, bus - but it’s important to know a little bit about these historic destinations before you arrive. Let’s get started.

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A Grand Canyon helicopter tour flies over the nearby Lake Mead en route to the park.

The Golden Eagle Air Tour is perfect for Las Vegas guests who are pressed for time and desire to see as much of the Grand Canyon as possible. This tour includes aerial views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead as well as the spectacular Grand Canyon.

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It’s a bit like a triathlon event of touring, but you don’t have to train to participate. You just have to be on time for pick-up from your Las Vegas hotel.

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EC-130 at the floor of the West Rim on a Grand Canyon helicopter landing tour
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This helicopter tour provides stunning aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West. Additionally, this tour lands at the bottom of the canyon on a private plateau overlooking the mighty Colorado River.

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On the Platinum West Rim Tour with Helicopter and Boat, you will be able to see some of the most spectacular sights in this part of the country.

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Travel to the Grand Canyon West Rim in a luxurious custom vehicle, with a professional Driver/Guide. Enjoy a photo stop at Hoover Dam from the O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim enjoy time to explore the canyon rim from the many look out points.

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Relax aboard a luxury sprinter vehicle and see the Hoover Dam en route to the Grand Canyon West. Here, guests will find a Wild West village, multiple canyon viewpoints, and the world-famous Skywalk Bridge, which lets guests stand a mile in the air over the canyon floor.

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Travel like a VIP to the South Rim, where the canyon sights recognized around the world stretch to the horizon. The canyon gorges will unfold before you as you take off in a state-of-the-art helicopter for aerial views of this magnificent landform.

Grand Canyon West Rim Guano Point cafe in background

Travel in comfort to one of the Southwest’s most exciting venues in our luxurious, custom vehicles with a professional driver/guide.

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Start your day right with an exciting adventure to Grand Canyon South in a customized luxury touring vehicle.

Grand Canyon West offers unique and exciting adventures you won’t find anywhere else and this is the day you get to experience all of them!

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Visitors on a Grand Canyon Skywalk bus tour from Las Vegas stand atop the Skywalk Bridge to gaze at the canyon scenery.

Our Grand Canyon West Bus tour with Skywalk is an excellent option for guests who desire to see Grand Canyon West and who would rather not travel entirely by air.

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Live your dream of visiting the Grand Canyon and hit the open road with our Grand Canyon South Rim Bus and Hummer Tour.

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Our South Rim Bus Tour with Helicopter starts in Las Vegas and takes you on a bus and helicopter tour through the South Rim, and Dragon Corridor.

A shadowy region of the Grand Canyon National Park, with a bare tree in the foreground.
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Board a modern motorcoach any day of the week to see the most breathtaking views at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Reach the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas in comfort aboard a motorcoach and enjoy spectacular views along the way, including Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Upon arrival, you will have ample time for great photo opportunities of Hoover Dam and the surrounding desert landscape.

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Take a guided tour inside the Hoover Dam and learn about the history and inner-workings of the modern marvel. Afterwards see an aerial view of the magnificent structure (along with the Colorado River and Lake Mead) in a state-of-the-art helicopter.

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The Skywalk Bridge at the Grand Canyon West seen from the sky.
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Reach the Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas on an airplane tour, then choose from a variety of entry options available for purchase.

Helicopter landing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon West Rim during Grand Voyager Tour
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Grand Voyager Rim to River guests receive one of the most comprehensive Grand Canyon experiences available. Experience Grand Canyon West by ground, helicopter and boat!

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Guests exploring the world famous Skywalk Bridge at Grand Canyon West

Take a stroll 4,000 feet in the air on the Skywalk, surrounded by nothing but glass, steel, and Canyon stone. Then, pay a visit to a local Native American village and find authentic artifacts and art.

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Enjoy the comprehensive Grand Canyon experience only offered by the Grand Voyager tour, and add the world famous Skywalk to your itinerary.

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A small red and white airplane soars over a stone gorge of the Grand Canyon National Park.
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Hop aboard one of our airplanes - specifically designed for sightseeing - and take in inspiring aerial views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, The Colorado River, and Grand Canyon West.

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See the Grand Canyon from the sky on a deluxe airplane tour, then visit the most popular viewpoints on the ground aboard a customized Hummer tour!

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The Grand Canyon Deluxe with Helicopter Tour is an all day adventure. It begins with shuttle transfers from your Las Vegas hotel to the Boulder Terminal. Board a fixed-wing airplane and enjoy views of the famed Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the winding Colorado River.

Grand Canyon National Park as seen from the rim on this Grand Canyon Tour
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Fly to the South Rim of the canyon and tour Grand Canyon National Park’s most notable viewpoints – Bright Angel Point and Mather Point.

View of Grand Canyon from the bottom at Bar 10 ranch in Grand Canyon North with ATV riding guests

Escape the crowds and visit an exclusive and visually stunning region of Grand Canyon. Accessible to few, this tour includes an ATV adventure to the northern edge of the canyon near Bar 10 Ranch.

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Landmarks and National Park Tours from Las Vegas

In the late 1800s, the United States government began designating important areas of land as national parks. These protected landscapes were selected based on their striking beauty or significance to the country's rich history. Other designations, such as national forests, national recreation areas, and national historical landmarks were later added to the list.

People travel from all over the country and world to visit national landscapes and monuments. But visitors looking for tours from Las Vegas are fortunate to be a mere hop and a skip away from numerous of these spectacular landmarks.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon's dramatic gorges were carved out by the flowing waters of the Colorado River over the course of 6 million years. The millennia of erosion have created the most spectacular canyon in the world. In 1919, the dramatic landscapes of the Grand Canyon were honored and protected as a United States National Park. Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Grand Canyon is one of the premier destinations in the world.

Did you know the Grand Canyon has three rims, or areas, to choose from? The North Rim, South Rim, and West Rim are all available to experience. Papillon offers helicopter, airplane, and bus day trips from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West and South Rims. The more rugged and remote tours of the North are accessible exclusively via helicopter. With the immense amount of ground to cover (the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide!), it's essential to know which rim you want to visit. Each rim boasts unique activities and sightseeing features, but only the South and North Rims are a part of the National Park.

The South Rim features tours through the most famous and photographed areas of the canyon. Whether on the ground or in the sky, this area of the canyon is sure to impress with deep gorges and incredible lookouts. Bright Angel Point, Mather Point, and more are available to discover on tours of the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Discover the hidden gem of the Grand Canyon National Park at the North side. Tours from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon North are available to large and small groups and include majestic aerial views of this side of the Grand Canyon. The North is the least developed portion of the canyon. So when you soar across its untouched landscapes, you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Discover tours of the North.

Aboard a helicopter or airplane tour of the National Park, you'll gaze out over the rim of the canyon and get a bird's-eye view of the Colorado River, rock formations, and lush forests. As the preferred provider for the Grand Canyon National Park Service, our helicopter tours are certified to fly the entire Grand Canyon. West Rim helicopter tours even offer exclusive landing sites at the bottom.

Although it isn't a part of the National Park, the Native American-owned West Rim of the Grand Canyon is sure to leave a lasting impact. Tours of the Grand Canyon West Rim from Las Vegas feature visits to the world-famous Grand Canyon Skywalk, and a short climb to the summit for a breathtaking 360-degree canyon view.

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Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark

Experience for yourself the engineering marvel that attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. The Hoover Dam is the 726-foot-tall concrete structure that holds back the Colorado River and provides power to three separate states. At the time of the Hoover Dam's completion in the 1930s, it was the largest dam in the world. Today, it is still considered one of the engineering marvels of the modern world.

Not only was this massive structure revolutionizing to the engineering industry, for millions of Americans in the depths of the Great Depression, it became a sign of hope for recovery. The Hoover Dam symbolizes the capability of American workers and the potential recovery of industry during the worst economic downturn in the country's history.

In addition to being registered as a National Historic Landmark, in the early 1980s this massive concrete structure was also designated as a National Civil Engineering Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Papillon provides daily Las Vegas helicopter, bus, and airplane tours that run to the world-famous Hoover Dam. Plus, our helicopter tours have clearance to fly closer to the Hoover Dam, offering an unrivaled view of the National Historic Landmark.

For an even more awe-inspiring experience, upgrade your Hoover Dam tour to reach the Grand Canyon as well. When it comes to sightseeing near Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is a spot you can't miss.

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Now that you're familiar with the Hoover Dam, it's time to talk about the massive reservoir it created, Lake Mead. Not only is Lake Mead the largest man-made body of water in the United States, it's one of the largest in the world.

After the damming of the Colorado River, thousands of visitors were drawn to the Southwest to peek at the spectacular contrast of crystal blue waters and arid desert landscapes. Outside of its colossal size, Lake Mead is famous for its offbeat landscape and wealth of recreational activities. Fishing, boating, hiking, cycling, swimming, and camping are just a few of the alluring activities available at this outdoor playground.

As a result of its fame and recreational opportunity, Lake Mead was honored as America's First National Recreation Area in the mid-1960s. Today, it remains one of only 12 designated National Recreation Areas in the country.

Papillon offers multiple tours of the Hoover Dam that also feature spectacular lake views. See the colossal lake in all its glory aboard a helicopter or airplane tour. Or catch a glimpse of Lake Mead while traveling across the desert landscapes on a luxury motorcoach.

Types of Tours from Las Vegas to National Parks

Helicopter Tours of National Parks & Landmarks

Experience the unsurpassable aerial views of the Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area with Papillon helicopter tours.

With more than 50 years flying the Grand Canyon and beyond, Papillon is the largest and most experienced helicopter tour operator in the world. As the preferred provider for the Grand Canyon National Park Service, we're certified to fly the entire Grand Canyon. Even better, our helicopters can touch down at exclusive landing sites at the bottom of the West Rim. We're also certified to fly closer to the Hoover Dam for breathtaking aerial views.

West Rim and Hoover Dam helicopter tours depart from Las Vegas or Boulder City. Tours of the South Rim take flight at a terminal located at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. These tours begin with ground or airplane transportation from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon before soaring over the National Park

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Bus Tours of National Parks & Landmarks

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. Aboard one of Papillon's daylong sightseeing bus tours, you'll experience the Grand Canyon National Park and other world-famous landmarks.

Las Vegas bus tours travel past the arid Mojave Desert and the mighty Colorado River before reaching the final destination of the Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way, sightseeing stops are made at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Aboard these national park tours, you'll also glimpse the Kaibab National Forest nestled along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. As you pass each of these national landmarks, professional tour guides tell engaging and entertaining stories in real-time.

After a fulfilling day of exploring the nation's beauty, the luxury motorcoach will make the trek back to Las Vegas.

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Airplane Tours of National Parks & Landmarks

Buckle up and enjoy the most remarkable aerial sights that the Grand Canyon National Park has to offer. From the air, you'll gaze across the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon National Park straight down to the canyon floor. Capture scenic views of the Kaibab National Forest and the Colorado River aboard your national park airplane tour.

These first-rate 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. Worried about a language barrier? No problem. Our airplane tours offer translation features too.

Discover the spectacular bird's-eye views aboard a Papillon airplane national landmark and national park tour.

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Adventure Tours of National Parks & Landmarks

Get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping on an adventure tour from Las Vegas. Picture yourself whitewater rafting through the floor of the Grand Canyon West Rim, or riding an ATV across the raw beauty of the northernmost part of the canyon.

Discover the majesty of the American Southwest and make memories together as a family on one of our outdoor adventure tours through a national park.

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National Park Tours from Las Vegas FAQs

What national parks are close to Las Vegas?

  • The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the many National Parks near Las Vegas. Explore its stunning landscapes on one of Papillon's world-class tours of the Grand Canyon.

    Other national parks close to Las Vegas include Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park, the Joshua Tree National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

How do you get to the Grand Canyon National Park from Las Vegas?

  • The Grand Canyon National Park is located about 250 miles from the heart of Las Vegas. To get there, take Highway 93 South to I-40 East. Then take exit 165 onto the Highway 64, also known as the historic Route 66, until you reach the entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park.

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What other famous landmarks does Papillon tour from Las Vegas?

  • The Grand Canyon National Park is just one of the many famous landmarks available on Papillon helicopter, airplane, bus, and adventure tours. A few of the other location highlights include:

    • Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark
    • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    • Grand Canyon West Rim
    • Grand Canyon South Rim
    • Grand Canyon North
    • Eldorado Canyon
    • Colorado River
    • Antelope Canyon
    • Las Vegas Strip
    • Black Canyon

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What is There to Near Las Vegas During the Day?

  • On the hunt for the best things to do in Las Vegas? Papillon's helicopter, bus, airplane, and adventure tours are the perfect way to experience the numerous Southwestern destinations surrounding Sin City. Discover the world-renowned Grand Canyon National Park, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim, or board a helicopter for a flight over Sin City.

    Learn more about all of Papillon's world-class Las Vegas sightseeing tours today.