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We are going to Vegas. The proper Grand Canyon parks are too far from the city of Las Vegas but is there something within 3 hours that provides a view of the Grand Canyons and is popular?

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Hoover Dam counts? – littleadv Jun 30 '12 at 0:40
I assume you mean 3 hours driving, and aren't accepting flight options? – Mark Mayo Jun 30 '12 at 1:29
Yes, I know about hoover dam. I want to see the actual grand canyons. Is there a view point within 3 hours drive? Flying is not an option. By car. – kkk Jun 30 '12 at 1:32
Any hotel in Vegas should be able to hook you up with a day trip to the Grand Canyon. So yes, it's definitely doable. – Gilles Jun 30 '12 at 10:42
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As you've probably already discovered, the normal place to visit the Grand Canyon when coming from Las Vegas is the "South Rim", which is about 4 1/2 hours drive (each way!) from Vegas.

Although the Grand Canyon (and the Grand Canyon National Park) does extend almost 100 miles further west of the "South Rim", there are no suitable roads that allow access to the canyon within that area.

There are a few roads that will get you within walking distance of the Canyon, such as the Hualapai Hilltop Highway, as long as your idea of "walking distance" is 10+ miles each way :)

If your time is limited to 3 hours your only option is to take one of the many helicopter tours that leave from Las Vegas, although obviously that'll cost a lot more than driving. There are also several bus trips, but they will obviously take longer than driving yourself.

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