A lot of people choose to visit the Grand Canyon as a side trip from their visits to other nearby cities such as Las Vegas. Whilst this can be fun, many people fail to realize the distances involved in travelling to the park and as a result miss out on really enjoying the experience.
If you have a short trip coming up and you want to make the most of it then there are some great options available, such as helicopter tours and a few important things to remember. Read on below to find out more about getting the best out of your visit.
Do a Grand Canyon helicopter tour
Covering off the park in a vehicle can take a considerable amount of time, and many visitors on a time crunch find themselves spending the whole day in car, driving from one point to another and hopping out for only a short photo opportunity.
This is not the way to experience the park! If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to visiting the Grand Canyon then the best way to make sure your make the most out of your time there is to see it from the air.
A west rim helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is the ultimate way to view the park. Easily accessible from both Las Vegas and Boulder City, a 70-minute helicopter ride is the best way to see everything that the park has to offer when you’re short on time.
Grand Canyon helicopter tours can be done as a day trip and offer visitors the chance to see some of the iconic park sights from an incredible view point. If you only have a day to devote to your visit to the park then a helicopter tour is the way to go.
Make sure you make time for a short hike
If you’ve arrived by vehicle or driven up from Las Vegas and you’re trying to get all the major sights ticked off your to-do list, make sure you don’t miss out on doing a short hike.
A lot of visitors focus on the amazing vistas that can be found on the edge of the Grand Canyon, as the view from looking over the park can be awe-inspiring. Whilst seeking out photography opportunities however, many visitors neglect to venture down into the park.
There is a lot of unseen beauty that can only be appreciated once visitors descend into the deep gorge and begin to explore on foot. Whilst many of the hikes at the national park can be days long, there are many shorter 1-2 hour hikes also available.
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Appreciating the beauty of the national park up close is an amazing experience and one that should not be neglected by visitors with time restrictions.
Pick a time of year where the crowds are minimal
Each year there are more than 5 million visitors to the Grand Canyon, so understandably it can get very busy at certain times of the year. The crowds can really slow time poor travellers down. Roads are busier, lines at sightseeing destinations are longer and the restaurants are packed with other tourists.
If you’re trying to get your road trip underway at a cracking pace this can really put the brakes on. There’s nothing more frustrating than competing with hundreds of other tourists for the same Kodak moment and it’s likely to really impact how enjoyable your experience of the national park is.
Avoiding busy times of the year such as around school holidays, important dates, holidays like Memorial day and Labor day and warmer months can make a big difference.
Some of the milder months like October see a fall in crowd numbers but still make for a very enjoyable time of the year to visit the Grand Canyon.
Even bad weather months can be a great time to visit. The crowds will stay clear of the Grand Canyon and you might be treated to striking weather and sights that nobody else will see.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Making it to the furthermost point of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas involves more than eight hours on the road. Many day trip visitors want to hit all the major sights but don’t recognize just how large the national park actually is.
Avoid major disappointment by doing your research and picking just a few things you’d like to see. Getting to spend more time soaking up the history and sights in fewer places is often far more enjoyable than trying to fit too much into your visit for the day.