Las Vegas & Grand Canyon Travel Guide

Rising out of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is a city of bright lights, temptation and 24 hour entertainment. This wonderland of excitement is home to mega casinos, world class shows and some of the most lavish hotels in the world.

East of Las Vegas is America’s most famous natural wonder – the spectacular Grand Canyon. You can stay within the National Park or take a day trip by coach or car from Las Vegas, or a helicopter flight above the canyon itself.

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Visit Las Vegas

Only on the Las Vegas Boulevard will you find an Egyptian Sphinx shoulder to shoulder with New York’s Statue of Liberty, Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Venetian canals, all features of the city’s fabulously themed casino hotels.

Just off the main ‘Strip’ are the bright lights of Fremont Street. This five-block entertainment district is home to some of the city’s oldest casinos as well as the famous Fremont Street Experience, a dazzling, free, overhead light show made up of over 12 million LED bulbs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

  • Stroll along the famous Las Vegas Strip
  • Gamble the night away in the many Casinos
  • Take in a show by the renowned Cirque du Soleil
  • Ride The High Roller for amazing views of the city
  • Watch the dancing fountains at Bellagio
  • Take a trip to the impressive Hoover Dam
  • Fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter
  • Learn about Vegas’ dark history at The Mob Museum
  • Take in the Fremont Street light experience
  • Head to the top of the Stratosphere Tower

Getting There

By Road – Los Angeles 270 miles; San Francisco 569 miles; San Diego 332 miles

By Air – Direct flights from the UK and most major U.S. cities

Getting Around

Strolling along Las Vegas Boulevard, is fun and the best way to understand Las Vegas. Most of the hotels and resorts are located within walking distance of each other, and all have bars and restaurants in their free-to-enter casinos.

There are plenty of taxis and city buses if the walk gets too long, and a handy Monorail that runs 7 days a week from Sahara Station to the MGM Grand.

For travelling out of Las Vegas, consider a rental car or book a day tour.

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Visit The Grand Canyon

No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a trip to the Grand Canyon, one of America’s greatest landmarks. This vast river gorge is over 250 miles long and up to one mile deep and has been carved out over six million years by the mighty Colorado River.

There are three major access points to the Grand Canyon, all offering spectacular views across the canyon and to the river below:

  • The South Rim – The most popular access to the canyon is just 60 miles north of Route 66. The Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim is home to the National Park headquarters and tourist facilities, including hotels and lodges, restaurants, a general store, shower facilities and a bank with an ATM.
  • The North Rim – Usually only accessible from mid-May to October, the North Rim offers visitors a campground, general store, and camper facilities. The North Rim is in a less-travelled area and is less visited than Grand Canyon Village.
  • The West Rim – Nearer to Las Vegas on land owned by the Hualapai Native Americans, access is via partially unsealed roads. The West Rim is home to the glass-bottom Skywalk sitting 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor.

Getting There

Getting to the Grand Canyon is part of the fun, with magnificent views of the Nevada and Arizona deserts along the way.

By Road – Grand Canyon Village is 75 miles from Flagstaff and 60 miles from Williams on Route 66. Both North Rim and South Rim are a 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas.

By Rail – The delightful Grand Canyon Railway runs daily round trips from Williams to South Rim. For a spectacular view, grab a seat in the observation dome and watch as the countryside changes before your eyes.

By Air – The Grand Canyon Airport is situated in Tusayan, near the South Rim, and offers a one-of-a-kind view of the canyon.

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