With its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the world’s great natural wonders, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors throughout the year who come to marvel at its awe-inspiring beauty.
Many use the sprawling southern California city of Los Angeles as a base from which to visit the Grand Canyon, with a large number of organised tours running between the two. We’ve scoured around to find three of the best.
FROM $349.99 PER PERSON
Taking in the man-made majesty of Las Vegas along with the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, this 2-day tour begins with a pickup at your hotel in Los Angeles where you’ll board a modern, climate-controlled motor coach. After four hours on the road you’ll arrive in Vegas, where you can soak up all that the iconic city has to offer. You’ll spend the night at Tropicana Las Vegas before waking to embark on the next leg of your adventure. Early morning, you’ll be transferred to an air strip to board a deluxe plane for the 3.5 hour flight over the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat, so be sure to bring a camera. Once the flight is over, you’ll return to your hotel to board your coach back to Los Angeles for an evening arrival.
FROM $666.89 PER PERSON
For those who love unrestrained freedom during their travels, how about an action-packed road trip from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon aboard a campervan? With your own transport at your disposal the American West is your oyster and you can make as many or as few stop offs as you desire, taking in Las Vegas casinos, San Francisco sunsets or secluded beaches along the California coast. Vans are available for a range of time periods and all vehicles are kitted out for overnight trips, including bedding, heaters, kitchen accessories and picnic chairs. You can return your campervan in Los Angeles at the end of your adventure.
FROM $339.99 PER PERSON
If you liked the sound of the first tour, but would prefer a little more time in Vegas than just one night, this 3-day semi-guided trip might be for you. Your adventure will begin with a hotel pickup in the morning in Los Angeles, traveling just over 4 hours by coach to Las Vegas. When you arrive, you’ll check into the Tropicana Las Vegas and have the remainder of the day to explore the city on your own. The next morning, you’ll leave for a scenic bus excursion to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, enjoying jaw-dropping photo opportunities as you learn about the area’s geology and history before tucking into a buffet lunch in the Kaibab National Forest. That afternoon, you’ll return to Vegas and spend another night at the Tropicana before heading back to Los Angeles by coach the following day.