The Grand Canyon is a popular tourist destination for travelers who are looking for majestic views and an abundance of outdoor activities. If you love hiking, camping, and sightseeing, this vacation destination is a must for your bucket list.
The closest airport to the Grand Canyon is in Flagstaff, so it's impossible to reach this destination without taking at least a short drive. Rather than opting for an organized tour, rent a car from one of 30 Las Vegas locations, and do the drive at your own pace and with your own stops. Please keep in mind there may be an additional fee for renting a car one way. Take time to enjoy all the notable stops along the way including Hoover Dam, Seligman and Kingman, Arizona.
Drive Time from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon: approximately 4 hours
Distance from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon: approximately 270 miles
Start off your trip by driving to Boulder City, located just 26 miles from Las Vegas, or about a 30-35 minute drive on I-515 S.
Though this is a short first leg, Boulder City is worth stopping in if you need a restroom break, a meal, or simply want to let antsy kids stretch their legs. This is the last stop with major metropolitan conveniences before you hit a largely unpopulated stretch of Arizona. Boulder City's Main Street is packed with distinctive boutiques. Drop in if you're looking for a unique souvenir to commemorate this part of your trip.
Head back on the road towards Kingman, AZ. Be sure to leave some time for a stop at Hoover dam, an amazing feat of modern engineering.
The Grand Canyon is about an hour and a half from Seligman. You'll cover 97 miles in this final leg of your journey. Once in the Grand Canyon, you can hike, backpack, take a mule trip, and more as you explore this natural wonder. This route drops you off near the South Rim and Grand Canyon Village. The nearest place to return your rental car is Flagstaff, Arizona, which is about two hours (109 miles), or you might want to consider going on to Phoenix.