how to see the grand canyon during a trip to las vegas

Friday, January 08, 2016

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This past weekend, Tyler and I were in Las Vegas. We dedicated our Sunday to visiting the Grand Canyon.  We have been to Vegas multiple times in the past few years. Most recently, we went on a trip with friends.  We said the next time we went to Vegas we would be making a stop at the Grand Canyon. Once we decided to go on our trip, we kept looking up how to get to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. There are a lot of different options for seeing the Grand Canyon when you are in Vegas. You can take a helicopter ride, a shuttle van, a charter bus, etc. However, many of those options require a full day and are quite expensive ($100+ per person). Tyler and I wanted to find a cheap, and easy, way to get to the Grand Canyon during our vacation.

Tyler had the idea to get a rental car, which I am so glad he did! We were able to rent a car for only $10 a day. We drove ourselves to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was about a two hour and fifteen minute drive from Las Vegas, so it was a really easy trip to the Grand Canyon. I was glad we drove ourselves because we were on our own time. We could wake up and leave when ready, spend as much time there as we wanted, and head back to Vegas as soon as we were ready.  

When you get to the West Rim you have to buy a ticket to actually get to see the Grand Canyon. With your ticket, you get on a shuttle bus which takes you to three different stops along the Grand Canyon. (This shuttle bus is a less than a 5 minute drive.) The first stop is Hualapai Ranch, where you can take a wagon ride, go horseback riding, go through the ranch, etc. Tyler and I skipped this part as we felt it was geared a little more towards kids. The next stop, is the Skywalk. The Skywalk is a glass shaped bridge that lets you look over the Grand Canyon. Again, Tyler and I opted out of this. You already pay to get on the shuttle and it costs extra to walk out onto the Skywalk. (You also are not allowed to take any belongings onto the Skywalk.) I'm sure it is amazing, but we were trying to see the Grand Canyon the cheapest way possible! 

The next stop on the shuttle bus is Guano Point, which is where all the pictures you see in this post were taken! Here, you are able to hike the trails of the Grand Canyon. There are such beautiful views of the Grand Canyon here! I am so glad we made the trip to the Grand Canyon from Vegas. If you go to Vegas, and have the time, I would highly recommend you dedicate a day to it! All in all, it took Tyler and I between 6 and 7 hours to drive there, eat lunch, explore, and drive back!

I hope you enjoy these pictures from our trip to the Grand Canyon! It was such a great day trip. A full recap of our trip will be coming soon, but I had so much to say about the day at the Grand Canyon that I thought I'd talk about it separately ;). Have a great weekend!

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  1. amazing photos!

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  2. Beautiful scenery is very perfect

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  3. How spectacular

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  5. Awesome pictures! So glad you had the chance to visit...it's absolutely stunning isn't it? Have a great weekend and TGIF!
    charity
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  6. My husband is really keen on a short trip to Vegas and also really wants to visit the Grand Canyon, so I've got to bookmark this!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  7. I was little when we saw the Grand Canyon, and I would love to go again. So beautiful! Sounds like the rental car was a great choice.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  8. Gorgeous photos!!! I have been to Vegas a few times but never to the Grand Canyon. Definitely on my list though!! Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are doing well, and have a wonderful weekend! :-)

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  9. This is definitely on my bucket list of places to see!! Such an epic view! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. We've done Vegas 6 times but NEVER made it out to the grand canyon. I really want to go and wanna hear more about the Vegas trip.

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  11. Those views are stunning! I would love to go to the Grand Canyon someday & those photos make me want to go even more.

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  12. I have such a fear of heights, that seeing you so close to the edge on some of these pictures makes me nervous! Haha! I am sure you were fine, though. I love the photo of you jumping in the air. I would love to see the Grand Canyon sometime! Was the 2.5 hour drive there pretty easy?

    Carrie
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  13. Darcy, these Pictures are amazing! I totally saved the one of you jumping in the air because that is so cool my husband and I have it on our bucket list to go there so if we do p, I have to capture a picture like that! Thanks for all the tips and I hope you have a most wonderful weekend beautiful

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  14. What an awesome trip! The pictures you caught are amazing! I especially love the one where you are jumping!!!!

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  15. Amazing pictures! I'm so sad that even after multiple trips to Vegas, we haven't been to the Grand Canyon. We got to the Hoover Dam on our last trip, but the Canyon is definitely a must next time. I love the idea of renting a car instead of one of the expensive tours, and I'm super intrigued by the Skywalk.

    Happy Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

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  16. Beautiful pics, and loving your leggings too! :-)

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  17. I've NEVER been to the Grand Canyon and have always wanted to go!!! Your pics look amazing!!! Some of them look like you're about to fall off of a cliff, eek! :)

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  18. That is so cool that you were able to do all that and so cheap too! I have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon and never realized it was so close to Vegas. What a fun way to spend a day since you've already enjoyed Vegas so thoroughly on past trips!

    xo Mary-Katherine | Gold-Hatted Lover

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  19. Goosebumps!!! How beautiful are your pics! My ex and I used to do stuff like this when we were first married!! So much more fun to be on your own timeline and doing your own thing. The mother in me cringed at your jumping pic like "stop it right now" lol.

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  20. I can't even imagine how breathtaking the views are!

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  21. Darcy, I am terrified of heights but I would still love to see this beautiful place, I wouldn't go so close to the edge though... xox... lol

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  22. I'm hooked!! I can't wait to go to the Grand Canyon one day! My husband has been but not me! I can't believe you can rent a car of $10 bucks and do this! It's definitely worth it! The views are incredible!! =)

    Have a great weekend! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  23. Ahhhh, it's all so gorgeous! I kind of wanted to do this when we went to Vegas, but we just didn't get around to researching or planning. It's definitely something I want to do the next time I'm there!

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  24. I went to Las Vegas when I was a kid and we did this too! Except I'm pretty sure we also did the ranch because I was younger. Oh, and we went to the Hoover Dam. You got some great photos- love the jumping one!

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  25. Such fun and the perfect day trip - we did it from Arizona and I'm hoping to again this spring!

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  26. My husband and I always used to stop there on our way to Texas. We lived in California and went home to Texas a few times a year. It was always so pretty!

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  27. We say that we're going to go to the Grand Canyon every time we visit Vegas too! Renting a car is such a great and economical way to see it! The picture of you jumping is so amazing! I think that I would be scared about jumping that close to the edge lol

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  28. Oh my gosh, these photos are incredible!! Love the action shot of you jumping!! Glad you were able to visit the Grand Canyon and great tips for getting there on a budget!
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  29. This is such good info! I've been to Vegas many times, but never the Grand Canyon....definitely on my bucket list!

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  30. I've never been but def want to! Fabulous post and pictures! Happy weekend! xo

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  31. Glad you found an economical way to visit! I've never been to the grand canyon but my sister has and had so many amazing photos from her time there!

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  32. It's so beautiful! We did a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and it was absolutely stunning!

    Kaitlyn @ Kaitlyn-Danielle.blogspot.com

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  33. I did this when I went to Las Vegas too! We went to the Grand Canyan and it snowed! So pretty!
    Looks like a great trip!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
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  34. Super awesome shots! It takes my breath away that you guys were right there at the edge :D It's nice that there are so many options and one can take what is best for them. Great post. I've been to Vegas, but never went there.
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  35. Amazing pictures! Next time you are in Vegas, go to the Hoover Dam but hike there through the old railroad tunnels. It's quite a hike but totally worth it to get away from the hustle and bustle of Vegas. When we went, we only saw about 20 people total on the train - going and coming! It was perfect (and FREE!).

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    1. I didn't even know you could do that!! We saw the Hoover Dam when we were there about two years ago, but that hike sounds way more fun!!

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  36. i haven't been there yet but now i definitely want to go!

    xoxo, Preeti
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  37. These photos are AMAZING lady!! I mean... wow! Looks like you had a blast! Never been... but looks really spectacular!
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  38. so fun! i have very fond memories of traveling to the grand canyon :)
    elle
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  39. Absolutely LOVE the Grand Canyon! I make it a point to go there every time I visit Vegas! Gorgeous pics!
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  40. We traveled to Tempe last February for college baseball but got up super early and made the drive to the Grand Canyon through Sedona on a winding beautiful drive. It was a short trip but so worth it to see such a beautiful place. No pictures can really capture how amazing it is. If you guys ever have a chance to go to Sedona...it's breathtaking too.

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  41. Wow! So pretty! Gavin and I will have to add that to our list when we go back to Vegas! Too bad we just missed each other! Wish I could've met you!

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  42. I love everything about this post, and I so glad you were able to see the Grand Canyon. I actually can't even remember the last time I saw it to be honest, but it's an awesome thing to see and you were able to fit it in which is great. So glad you had a good time! xx adaatude.com

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  43. Your photos are beautiful! My friend and I went to Vegas several years ago and made a day trip out to the Grand Canyon. We went onto the Skywalk bridge and the people running it were a little intense!! You can't bring anything with you and you have to wear paper slippers so that you don't scratch the glass. It was a great experience.
    Charlene xo
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  44. Thanks for all the info. We are planning to see the Grand Canyon too and are taking the bus tour.

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  45. These picks are fab!!! Ive always wanted to visit there!

    Sportsanista

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  46. These pics are beautiful. It's making me nervous just seeing you jump on that rock!! I'd be such a baby up there. Looks like an amazing trip!

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  47. The closest I've gotten to the Grand Canyon is flying over it. ha. It was absolutely breathtaking but I want to actually go see it!!

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  48. We went to Las Vegas 2 summers ago and we too made a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It was very pretty and we still didn't get to see everything, even though we took the whole day, lol!

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  49. The shot of you jumping on that rock is both scary and beautiful. You have guts girl!

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  51. I loved the images , you both are so adventurous and I wanna wish you good luck for your future travels. Keep Sharing! I've just arrived from my San Francisco Trip and that place was as adventurous as Grand Canyon.

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  52. I loved this post! My husband and I are heading to Las Vegas for the first time ever for our 1 year anniversary. We will be there for a week for SEMA and want to take the day and go see the Grand Canyon. We have read numerous times that it takes 4.5 hours to get there, but your post says 2.5 hours. What route did you guys specifically take and did that route have a way to get to the Hoover Dam by chance that you can recall? I would love to know more about the distance so we are able to plan for the day trip! Thanks!

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    1. I hope I am not too late to respond to this! I don't get a notification when people comment on my posts so I just now saw this! When you are looking up routes type in Las Vegas to Guano Point. It should say it takes 2 hours and 18 minutes (125.4 miles)! And yes, you will drive right past the Hoover Dam. We went there during a trip to Vegas before (post is listed down below). You can see the Hoover Dam for free or pay to go tour it! I hope that helps. Feel free to email me if you have other questions :) (amemoryofus@gmail.com) Hoover Dam Post: http://www.amemoryofus.com/2014/09/phoenix-and-vegas-snapshots.html

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  53. How were you able to rent a car for $10 for the day? Do tell, ha!? My husband and I are going to Vegas for our 10 year anniversary in 3 weeks and this is tops on my list.

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    1. We rented a car through Payless and it was only $10! They are definitely not as nice of a company as Avis or Hertz or something larger, but it gets the job done. Just expect to wait longer in the rental car facility to get your keys than you would for a different company : )

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