Okay, okay, I know the Grand Canyon isn’t in Vegas but it is surprisingly close. Just a four-hour drive from the Strip, the impressive geological sight is a must see at least once in your life. The drive to the Canyons rims is highway so consider renting a car but if you prefer to travel with ease consider choosing a Grand Canyon day-tour through Pink Jeep Tours or Viator.
If you’re short on time, or want to see Las Vegas from a different point-of-view, consider a helicopter tour over the Canyon. Just a 30 minute drive from the Strip, and with free transfers, Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters take you on a 30 minute tour high above the Canyon and the snaking Colorado River. For those feeling a bit more adventurous consider taking a helicopter tour that lands in the Canyon and gives you time to walk around and admire this geological wonder.
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Max at the one year badge of the Million Year Walk at the Grand Canyon
When my Standard Poodle, Max, and I made an epic four month trek around the US, I was determined NOT to do the usual “Tourist” places. However, when I was within spitting distance of the Canyon (as told by the hotel clerk in Flagstaff), I knew we had to go. It was one of the most moving experiences of the whole trip, and one I will never forget!
When I walked up to the Rim from the parking area, I instantly burst into tears at the sight of this spectacular place.
As we walked along the Million Year Walk, I decided to commemorate our visit with this photo. Max was just one year old at the time, and I asked him to pose at the one year marker.
To this day, I get teary-eyed remembering that visit, and our great trek together – just me and my dog.
My daughters and I named our family trip last summer the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Tour. We saw the largest of each: blue whales off the coast of San Francisco, redwoods and sequoias in California, and, for the mineral portion, the Grand Canyon.
Yes, it's just a hole in the ground. But it's the biggest hole in the ground on the planet. This shot is from the South Rim. The North Rim is on the horizon. On the horizon. The vastness of the Grand Canyon amazes me.