Las Vegas Day Trips Visit Grand Canyon West Rim Or South

The Grand Canyon is the ultimate Las Vegas day trip. You have two destinations to choose from: The West Rim and the South Rim. Which one is right for you? Here’s a rim-by-rim .parison that will you decide: Time The one-way drive time by bus from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West is 2.5 hours and 5.5 hours to the South Rim. Expect to spend a whole day doing either of these tours. The South Rim bus, which leaves early, will have you back at the hotel at 9 p.m., while the West Rim bus returns by 6 p.m. Distance The one-way driving distance from Las Vegas to the West Rim is 128 miles and 279 miles to the South Rim. Both are relatively long trips. Fortunately, today’s motor coach has all the amenities, including plush seats and a clean bathroom. Included are also several rest stops where you can get off the bus (including Hoover Dam). Things to Do Here’s where the two Rims begin to separate. The West Rim has more man-made attractions; the South, more natural ones. The visitor amenities (lodging, dining, museums) are more established at the South Rim. Here are specifics: South Rim 1. Lookouts This part of the Park is filled with famous lookouts, including Mather Point, Yaki Point, Yavapai Observation Station, Hermit’s Rest and more. 2. Restaurants Plenty of casual dining here. The Bright Angel Lodge restaurant serves up home-style cooking that’s priced right. For cafeteria-style dining, go to Maswick Lodge. There’s a small snack bar behind the Lodge Restaurant. High-end dining (and cocktails) can be had at El Tovar. There’s a supermarket by Mather Campground that sells deli sandwiches, fried foods, and pizza. 3. Gift Shops Something for everyone. Hopi House specializes in Native American crafts (can be pricey). The gift shop at Bright Angel Lodge, Verkamp’s, and Lookout Studio are great for souvenirs. Fine art is available on the "bottom" floor of Kolb Studio. Grand Canyon West 1. Skywalk The Glass Bridge has be.e Las Vegas’ hottest "off-Strip" attraction. Since opening to the public in 2007, more than one million people have experienced the Bridge. It’s a fantastic structure: Made of special glass, it extends 70 feet over the Canyon, wherein you are suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 2. Hualapai Ranch Includes an authentic western town with live gunfights. Riding horseback and rafting the Colorado River begins here. Helicopter flights take visitors to bottom of the Canyon. Lodging is available for overnight stays. 3. Lookouts Eagle Point is the main lookout for the West Rim. Spectacular views are to be had. Be warned – There’s no guardrail. The area includes an Indian village and outdoor amphitheater for talks on local culture, flora, and fauna. 4. Gift Shops/Food The West Rim is still evolving. Currently, there’ the gift shop run by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Inside, you can purchase snacks and souvenirs. Most bus tours will include lunch, which will most likely be a barbeque prepared for you by the Hualapai. Weather The South Rim, elevation 7,000 feet, is 1,500 feet higher than the West Rim, so expect cooler temperatures. Other than that, both areas are subject to extreme weather. Here’s a snapshot of annual temperatures at the rims: West Rim/Skywalk Elevation is 4,700+ feet. Jan. – March Average high temperature: 70 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees. April – June Average high temperature: 96 degrees. Average low: 65 degrees. July – Sept.: Average high temperature: 105 degrees. Average low: 76 degrees. Oct. – Dec.: Average high temperature: 76 degrees. Average low: 46 degrees. South Rim Elevation is 7,000 feet Jan. – March Average high temperature: 45 degrees. Average low: 21 degrees. April – June Average high temperature: 69 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees. July – Sept.: Average high temperature: 82 degrees. Average low: 52 degrees. Oct. – Dec.: Average high temperature: 52 degrees. Average low: 27 degrees. What to Wear & What to Bring Warm layers in the winter and wind-resistant, cool clothing in the summer. Expect winter snow at the South Rim and wear pants, shoes and a jacket (it’s not un.mon to see people in shorts!). During summer months, make sure to carry plenty of water and sun tan lotion with you. Cost Grand Canyon West rim tours start at $94. South Rim at $79. Tour prices include Park entrance fees. Book online to get the best price. Skywalk tickets are extra and cost $29.95 for adults, $22.95 for kids ages 3-11, and $26.95 for seniors and military personnel. Summary The Rims of the Grand Canyon are wondrous places. It would be great if there was a Las Vegas-Grand Canyon tour that did both but there isn’t (if there were, it would be a two-day trip). However, the Rims are different enough in terms of tour time, price, and attractions that you can find the trip that’s right for you. 相关的主题文章: