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1. Posted by coy (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

We are visiting Vegas and only have 3 days there. Was looking at Grand Canyon Tours however not sure if this is feasible in one day without staying over? Is it worth visiting, is there a good tour you could recommend on an average budget.


2. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

From what I remember there are countless tours to the Grand Canyon advertised all over the place in Vegas. We flew over the grand canyon in a tiny plane, went to a visitors centre & flew back. It was a day trip. The only problem was, the planes wings were under the windows, so the pilot "rocked" (can't think of a better word) from side to side so we could all see the great views - everyone on the plane was ill & I mean ill I'm afraid I have no idea how much it cost but it was a few years ago anyway so will be different now. It's nice to see though.
We also went on a rubber raft ride down the Colorado River from Hoover Damn. It was such a hot day & the water was so cold it was fantastic, I would certainly consider doing that

Sorry I can't be of more use

Kel xx

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jason,
I don't think there's a 'budget' way to do the Grand Canyon from Vegas in a day.
It's a good day's drive away, plus a day back, so you'd really need 3 days to make the most of it.
Plus, there is tight security over the Hoover dam, meaning you will be delayed to an extent.
The only real way to do it is to fly - cheapest by fixed wing, but perhaps best by helicopter.
When you get to Vegas, look out for the tacky guides to the city - inside them, you'll find vouchers for the tour operators.
I can't remember exactly how much it cost, but I don't think you'll get much change out of £40.:)

4. Posted by briannaNV (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Perhaps you should consider a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. I once flew from Las Vegas to Burbank via Southwest Air in a jet, and the turbulence made me sick; the helicopter ride i recently took was so much fun!. I just recently started work for this tour company ( and they flew me to the Grand Canyon via helicopter for free as training. It was my first time in a helicopter; and I must say it was the smoothest ride. No turbulence. We flew over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I have heard that those 18 seater planes can be quite turbulent in the Grand Canyon. It was an incredible experience. If you would like further information please message me.

Have a great trip!


5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I also took a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. I took it on New Years Day. It was one that landed in the canyon, you had wine and cheese while on the ground, then you flew back to arrive while it was dark (because it was in January). Then they flew the length of the Las Vegas Strip while it was all lit up. Fantastic!!!

I've always thought that surprising a wife/girlfriend with this helicopter ride, and then combining this with a limo ride to a restaurant and show would keep them on your good side the rest of the year--and be something the two of you would never forget. (Although it wouldn't be cheap)

I should clarify this by the way--you actually land on Indian land in the canyon just west of the Grand Canyon National Park. Flying over the national park in a helicopter is now illegal. The helicopter company pays a "landing rights" fee to the Indian tribe. But since the canyon in this area is almost as deep--it's still worth the trip.