It’s worth taking a day trip to see one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. For an aerial view of Grand Canyon West, Lake Mead
and the Hoover Dam
, book a helicopter or small plane flight with a tour operator. Most bus and aerial tours usually take 4–6 hours and travel to Grand Canyon West, not Grand Canyon National Park. If you want to see the national park, you have to drive. It takes about 4 hours to get to the South Rim. But, when you stand in awe as you gaze out over the colorful canyon walls and marvel at how the sunlight and cloud shadows dance across the landscape, you’ll realize the drive is worth it. Do what I did and drive the entire South Rim. Grandview Point has the best views of rock castles, temples and pillars. I think Navajo Point has an unparalleled view of the Colorado River cutting through the canyon. Make a stop at the Desert View Watchtower
to explore the kiva and three floors filled with Native American artwork. As your last stop on the South Rim, it will leave you with a lasting impression of the jaw-dropping landscape of the Grand Canyon. If you see a roadside market on your way back to Vegas, stop and buy some jewelry, blankets or art created by local Navajo Indians. It’s a long drive but will make for a grand day!