A Las Vegas South Rim tour is the perfect Grand Canyon day trip to add to the fun of your Las Vegas vacation. Take a break from the casinos and resorts of the Vegas Strip and experience one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Along the way see the monumental Hoover Dam and experience classic Americana on Historic Route 66.
Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam is one of the engineering marvels of the world. 726 ft tall, it was built using 4.5 million cubic tons of concrete. Constructed to control flooding from the Colorado River, the dam created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Straddling the border between Nevada and Arizona, visitors can walk between the two states on top of the dam.
Travel back in time to the heyday of the famous Route 66 with a visit to historic Seligman. One of inspirations for the movie Cars, tourists from all over the world visit Seligman for the classic Route 66 experience. The “Mother Road” runs through the center of town and then continues uninterrupted for 160 miles to Toprock, Arizona. Have your picture taken next to one of the many classic cars that line the road. You can also get a snack at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In. The famous restaurant features “dead chicken” and “cheeseburger with cheese” on it’s menu.
Located just outside of Grand Canyon National Park, the town of Tusayan is a great stop before entering the park from the south. A well known resort town, Tusayan features hotels and restaurants. Visitors to the canyon often stay in Tusayan for close proximity to activities within the park. It is also a good food and refuel stop for travelers on a road trip from Las Vegas.
Established by Congressional Act in 1919, Grand Canyon National Park is visited by nearly 5 million tourists every year. The canyon has an average depth of 1 mile (1.6km) and a length of 277 miles (433km) along the Colorado River. The average width of the canyon is 10 miles (16km) from rim to rim however the narrowest point is only 600 feet (180m) across while the widest point is nearly double at 18 miles (28.8km). The park covers an area of 1904 sq. miles (4950 km). Native Americans have inhabited the Grand Canyon area for thousands of years and archaeological sites can be found throughout the park.
The Grand Canyon Visitor Center at the South Rim features park information and interactive exhibits. Learn more about the history and unique geology of the canyon and enjoy the film, Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, in the visitor center’s theater. Free shuttle buses departing from the center will take visitors to the South Rim, Grand Canyon Village, and numerous trail heads. A short walk from the center leads to Mather’s Point. This overlook is one of the most visited sites in the park and where most people first experience the grandeur of the canyon.
Built in 1935, travelers today still enjoy the rustic rooms and cabins of the Bright Angel Lodge. A centerpiece of the Grand Canyon Village Historic District, the lodge’s History Room features information and relics from the 100+ year history of Grand Canyon Village. Other historic buildings in the area include the 1897 Buckey O’Neill Cabin, the 1905 El Tovar Hotel, and the 1910 Grand Canyon Depot.
Established in 1882 (30 years before Arizona became a state), the city of Kingman proudly bears the motto, “The Heart of Historic Route 66.” The city features many gift shops, restaurants, and museums. The Historic Route 66 Museum is a favorite stop for Mother Road enthusiasts. Motorists looking to drive Route 66 often start here. From Kingman, Route 66 continues east uninterrupted for 158 miles (254km) until the town of Ashfork.
Prior to the completion of this concrete-steel composite arch bridge in 2010, all traffic had to drive over the top of the Hoover Dam. Reaching a height of 840 feet (260m) above the Colorado River, it is one of the highest bridges in the United States. The design was chosen to match the aesthetics of the dam. Pedestrian walkways on the bridge feature stunning aerial views of the canyon and the dam; allowing photographers to take pictures once only possible from aircraft.
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