With year-round warm temperatures and nearly 300 days of sun per year, Las Vegas is a mecca for cold-climate dwellers (and residents of warm climates as well, of course) looking to enjoy some sun during the winter months. Many Vegas visitors take advantage of Sin City’s proximity to the Grand Canyon by making their way through the desert to this iconic monument, but while Las Vegas may bask under the desert sun during the winter, the Grand Canyon experiences a much more conventional winter climate.
The Grand Canyon is a popular destination for family vacations for many reasons: it’s easy to access, there are tons of things to see and do while you’re there, and of course, the views simply can’t be beat.
To help you plan your Grand Canyon family vacation, we’ve compiled a list of the best activities to do with your kids while you visit, from relaxing on a pontoon boat cruise down the Colorado River to exploring the Rim and taking part in educational seminars. Here we go:
When you see the Grand Canyon on TV or in the movies, chances are you’re seeing the South Rim. But there’s so much more to the 277 mile long, 1 mile wide Canyon than what you see on the big screen!
The Grand Canyon’s lesser-known West Rim offers a more rugged alternative to the South Rim’s many recognizable vistas and viewpoints – and it’s more accessible too. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Indians, Grand Canyon West is only a short three hour drive from Las Vegas (compared to five or six hours to the South Rim), making it the perfect option for travelers who want to experience the illustrious majesty of the Grand Canyon on a tighter schedule. And because it receives fewer guests and has comparatively sparse infrastructure, it’s easier to get up close and personal with the Grand Canyon when you visit the West Rim.
Summer is fast approaching, with sunshine and soaring temperatures hot on its trail.
The Grand Canyon is usually a little cooler than the dry desert heat of Las Vegas because of its higher elevation, but the mercury still skyrockets along the Rim and inside the Canyon during the summer. In some areas, average temperatures regularly reach (and exceed) 100 degrees:
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Despite the heat, the summer months are peak tourism season thanks to summer break and the influx of family vacationers. So don’t let a little weather deter you from visiting the Grand Canyon!