Road Trip from Las Vegas: The Grand Canyon – Hoover Dam – and Route 66

Road Trip Vegas to Grand Canyonn

After a wonderful and crazy few days in Las Vegas in which we explored the casinos and hotels on The Strip (you can read all about it HERE) and got married again at The Graceland Chapel by renewing our vows with Elvis (which you can see HERE) we booked an amazing excursion to The Grand Canyon.

We took a bus tour to the spectacular wider South Rim of The Canyon

This was a 600-mile road trip taking in views of Lake Mead, crossing over the Hoover Dam, and travelling along the historic heart of the famous Mother Road of Route 66 – stopping off at the quirky historic towns of Flagstaff and Seligman and Kingman – before we finally got to walk along The Rim Trail from Mather Point to Bright Angel Lodge taking in the incredible views along the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

The Hoover Dam #TheBackpackingHousewife 

The Hoover Dam was built in the 1930’s to tame a section of the Colorado River and it’s a popular stop off between Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon. It’s cool to travel over the U-shaped construction across the river and it is impressive to see. Although, the (unusually) low water levels are a concern when you consider that the damn is relied upon to provide water to over a million people.

The Backpacking Housewife at The Rusty Bolt at Seligman on Route 66

Back on the Bus #Route66

The historic Mother Road

Seeing and experiencing The Grand Canyon is on most people’s travel wish lists. I have to say that I found the views so stunning and surreal and overwhelming that I regularly had to pinch myself to prove I wasn’t dreaming. We had a perfect day for it and there are several easy hikes along the rim. We walked along the Rim Trail and that took us about an hour but then we did keep stopping to take photos and take in the views. When we got back to Angel Lodge we had a drink at the bar before heading back on the bus to Las Vegas.

 
 
 
 

Another big tick off the bucket list for sure!

Have you experienced the Grand Canyon?

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Alice -

Who did you book the tour through looks amazing!

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JANICE HORTON -

Alice – I can’t remember right now who we booked the bus tour with from Vegas – but it was amazing and I will find out and leave another message here soon.

Alice getting back to you – we used SWEETours for our bus tour trip and you can find them on trip advisor
https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g45963-d11992111-Grand_Canyon_South_Rim_Day_Tour_from_Las_Vegas-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html

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travel His world -

600 miles is no joke! Good thing you took the bus and didn’t drive. I once drove from Chicago to LA in 3 days and I will never do it again!!

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JANICE HORTON -

It was a very early start and a late finish to what was an amazing day. The coach was comfortable – they played a movie – and all we had to do was sit back and relax and enjoy the trip. So glad not to drive actually. I prefer not to drive if possible over long distances. Chicago to LA – wow!

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Sarah -

That looks like quite an amazing trip. I would love to visit the Grand Canyon, but also other places along the way.

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JANICE HORTON -

Hi Sarah – yes the road trip TO the Grand Canyon is fascinating too especially the small towns on route 66! Thank you for leaving a comment. xx

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Natalie -

Wonderful pictures Janice. I really want to do the Grand Canyon, but it’s such a long day trip from Vegas that I think we are going to have to incorporate it into a future road trip. We did the Hoover Dam a few years ago but I would do that again. Did you do all this in a day? How long was the trip?

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JANICE HORTON -

Hi Natalie – thank you for your lovely comment. Yes it was a long 600 mile round trip from Vegas to the canyon and back in one day – taking in the dam and route 66 but – it was so worth it and we actually enjoyed the trip and the views and various stop-offs along the route. I do remember we were up at 5am to meet the bus (we were picked up from our hotel and it was a big comfortable coach) and we got back to Vegas late that night. I would however highly recommend it as I do prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving!

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Natalie -

I really want to do this. Everytime we go to Vegas, we never find the time for it as the bus trips seem such a long day (13hours, I think?) and I’m too scared to go by helicopter! One day, we will have to just hire a car and do it ourselves. You have some amazing pics here. Love your pages.

Natalie x (backinamerica.co.uk)

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JANICE HORTON -

Natalie – I recommend next time you stay an extra day or two in Vegas to do the Grand Canyon trip – it’s fun and worth the long day. I’ll look forward to seeing your post when you do it! LOVED your Great American Road Trip Mix Tape post btw!

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Jonno -

Great post Janice. We drove the exact same route in our little hire car last year and spent a week or so exploring Seligman, Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. Wonderful trip and even thinking of going back and doing it again but even slower.

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JANICE HORTON -

It was a great trip Jonno – but a loooong day – as the round trip back to Vegas clocked up 600 miles. It was so worth it – but I’m glad we took the bus and didn’t have to drive ourselves (I get lazy about driving these days). I loved Seligman – the small town that inspired the ‘Cars’ movie!

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