Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Choose the Best Views in the Grand Canyon

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

You’re in Las Vegas and while you’re in our wonderful city you want to see the Grand Canyon – of course! BUT, you don’t want to just see some dirt cliff peeping out behind some trees, you want the best views of the Grand Canyon – that only makes sense ;) Experience the Grand Canyon like it’s your ONLY chance to see it… you only regret the things you didn’t do! Let’s break it on down – North Rim? South Rim? West Rim? That is the question!

best views of the Grand Canyon, Experience the Grand Canyon - West RimThe West Rim provides glorious views of the Grand Canyon but is mainly devoid of trees. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it allows all of the beautiful warm reds, golds, and oranges of the earth to glow under the warm sun. The West Rim also has Hoover Dam so you’re killing two birds with one stone – PETA probably hates that saying ;) Tourism is thriving on the West Rim so if you’re looking for seclusion and want to surround yourself with nature, you’re going to have to have the awesome ability to block out the crowd. The Western Escape helicopter tour is a great way to experience the Grand Canyon and its West Rim. On your way to the West Rim you will fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill and Temple Rock. You’ll have 3.5 hours at the West Rim to go on the skywalk glass-bottom observation deck and the overlooks – plenty of time to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the views.

Best views of the Grand Canyon, experience the Grand Canyon - North Rim
Photo Courtesy of Justin Fincher

The North Rim is the place to go for isolation and solitude. This rim is generally closed most of the winter due to its elevation and hence, adverse weather conditions. It’s a good idea to check out the weather before you go. There are not many amenities on the North Rim so I wouldn’t recommend this for people that like the luxuries of restaurants and restrooms. I would recommend for you to experience the Grand Canyon from the North Rim if you have seen the other rims of the Grand Canyon – or perhaps if you're someone that just wants to go meditate in the silence.

best views of the Grand Canyon, Experience the Grand Canyon - South Rim 
Grand Canyon National Park is just a stone throw away from Las Vegas, in the neighboring state of Arizona. Mather Point at the South Rim (my favorite rim) proves to have the best views of the Grand Canyon. The South Rim has many amenities and miles of walking paths (you can even take a guided tour to the bottom). You can see the tree covered Grand Canyon from many angles from this rim. If you leave Las Vegas and head there via airplane, The South Rim Explorer will get you there in 45 minutes (it takes a little over 4 hours to drive), provide a gourmet box lunch (isn’t that kinda contradictory? Lol), allow you to take in all the views, and take a short hike if so desired. If you’ve stopped in the Phoenix area, on your way to see us in Vegas, it would be a great time to do the Grand Canyon Day Ground Tour. On the Day Ground Tour you will take the famous Route 66, spying a few sites along the way, and spending THREE HOURS in Grand Canyon National Park. There’s no way to describe the overpowering wonder of the world without diminishing its size, so bring your camera and take plenty of pictures!

Plan a memory with a sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon National Park. Call our local gurus to help you reserve your seats at 1.855.895.3293 or 702.851.3293!

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