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Many visitors do not realize the distance from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas is really not that great. In fact, it's fairly easy to take a day to tour Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.
The South Rim is about 250 miles from Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon West is even closer, only about 150 miles from Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, where visitors can walk on a "glass" bridge out into the canyon.
A Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas takes you right over the top of Hoover Dam, and though Kingman and Williams to the canyon. The drive takes about 4 1/2 hours each way, so you could spend a night when you arrive at the canyon to make sure you have enough time to see everything.
In the summertime, doing the drive at night is a nice option, because it's cooler, and you can time your arrival to the sunrise, which is a wonderful way to first view the canyon.