by ChrisM70 Picking whether to visit the Skywalk or
Grand Canyon National Park while remaining in Las Vegas? That’s a hard one. Both tourist attractions deserve the trip. However, there are a few logistical and monetary distinctions in between the 2 that can assist solve the predicament for you. TIME< br/ > This is a huge problem for a lot
of individuals. It takes a bus 2.5 hours to reach Grand Canyon West and 5.5 hours to reach the South Rim. It takes a helicopter 45 minutes and an airplane 25 minutes to reach the West Rim, respectively. It takes an aircraft 45 minutes to fly to the South Rim; there are no direct helicopter flights. Be prepared to invest a full day on journeys to the West Rim. South Rim aircraft trips need a complete day, too, while bus tours balance about 15 hours. RANGE The one-way driving range from Las Vegas to the West Rim is 128 miles and 279 miles to the South Rim.
Both are reasonably long trips. Thankfully, today’s motor coach has all the amenities, consisting of luxurious seats and a tidy bathroom. There are also a number of stops where you can extend your legs (consisting of Hoover Dam). THINGS To Perform< br/ > Each rim has distinct things to do. The West Rim is popular for its manufactured tourist attractions
while the South Rim is applauded for its unbelievable natural charm. Additionally, while there are visitor facilities at the West Rim, the ones at South Rim are more developed. South Rim< br/ >< br/ > Lookouts This part of the Canyon is packed with wonderful viewing areas. The mostfamous are
Mather Point, Yavapai
Observation Station, Yaki Point, Hermit’s Rest and more. All can be reached via the Park’s excellent totally free shuttle system.< br/ > Restaurants Plenty of casual dining here. The Bright Angel Lodge restaurant dishes out home-style cooking that’s priced right
. Maswick Lodge provides cafeteria style. There’s a small snack bar behind the Lodge Restaurant. High-end dining(and cocktails)can be had at El Tovar. Near Mather Campground is a grocery store with deli, fried foods, and pizza. Present Shops This is a South Rim “must-do.”For Native American handicrafts, it’s the Hopi Home.
Most likely to Verkamp’s or
Kolb Studio for books, DVDs, and maps. The gift shop inside the Bright Angel Lodge is the location for tee shirts, water bottles, keychains, and postcards. Grand Canyon West Skywalk The Glass Bridge is becoming Las Vegas’ most popular”off-Strip “destination. Considering that opening to the general public in 2007,
more than one million people have actually experienced the Bridge. It’s a great structure: Made from special glass, it extends 70 feet over the Canyon, in which you are suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Hualapai Ranch< br/ > This is really an unique location. It includes a Wild West town where gun fights are staged. Other cowboy”video games”include axe and hay bale throwing. You get saddle up and go
horseback riding or be included in a livestocks drive. Over night lodging is offered. Lookouts< br/ > Eagle Point is the main lookout for the West Rim. Spectacular views are to be had. Be cautioned – There’s no guardrail. The area includes an Indian village
and outside amphitheater for talks on regional culture, flora, and fauna. Present Shops/Food Grand Canyon West is a reasonably brand-new development of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. The complex that services the Skywalk is the hub of activity and consists of a gift store(this is where you
pick up your Skywalk souvenir images) and snack bar. The People’s future strategies for the location consist of hotels and dining establishments. WEATHER There’s a big difference in environment. The South Rim is located in a national park at an elevation of 6,000 feet while the West Rim is atop high desert at 4,500 feet. Here’s a picture of each rim’s yearly temperature levels:
West Rim/Skywalk Elevation is 4,700 feet. Jan.- March Average high temperature level: 70 degrees. Typical low: 43 degrees. April-June Typical high temperature level: 96 degrees. Average low: 65 degrees.
Typical high temperature level: 105 degrees. Typical low: 76 degrees. Oct.-Dec.:
temperature level: 76 degrees. Typical low: 46 degrees.
South Rim Elevation is 7,000 feet Jan.- March Typical high
temperature: 45 degrees. Typical low: 21 degrees.
Average high temperature:
69 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees. July- Sept. Average high
temperature level: 82 degrees. Average low: 52 degrees.
Oct.-Dec.: Average high temperature
52 degrees. Average low: 27 degrees. WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING Warm layers in the winter and wind-resistant, cool clothing in the summer. Anticipate winter snow at the South Rim and use pants, shoes and a jacket( it’s not unusual to see people in shorts! ). During the summertime, always bring a water bottle and plenty of sunscreen. Cost< br/ > Grand Canyon West rim tours begin at$94. South Rim at$79. Trip
costs consist of Park entrance costs. Schedule online to get the finest rate. Skywalk tickets are additional and cost$29.95 for grownups,$22.95 for kids ages 3-11, and $ 26.95 for seniors and military personnel. WRAP UP< br/ > The Rims of the Grand Canyon are
wondrous locations. It would
be great if there was a Grand Canyon excursion that did both but there isn’t really(if there were, it would be a two-day trip). However, the Rims are various enough in terms of trip time, rate, and tourist attractions that you can find the journey that’s right for you. Travel expert Kelly Kirbee publishes the best offers on trips to the Grand Canyon’s West and South Rims at http://www.GrandCanyonDayTrips.com