Fly to it by helicopter
If a drive feels too long, a helicopter can cut your journey to the Grand Canyon down to about 40 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Along the way, you'll enjoy sky-high views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and maybe even a few wild horses roaming the desert sagebrush. (Also, watching planes take off underneath you when passing over McCarran International Airport is a trippy experience.) But the arrival at the Grand Canyon itself is a true dramatic moment -- as the helicopter rises above and over the rock formations of the West Rim and dips into the colorful canyon walls with the muddy Colorado River below.
Sundance Helicopters has a couple cool packages to make the most of your day at the massive national park. In addition to flyovers of the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, the "Heli & ATV Adventure" includes a journey through the Grand Canyon with a quick lunch after landing at the base. You'll then be taken to Lake Mead for an ATV tour across rugged terrain and a river swim. The "Heli & Horsepower Tour" also offers a helicopter ride to a scenic Grand Canyon bluff, but then follows up the experience with a heavy-on-the-pedal drive around Lake Mead from behind the wheel of a fast car from Exotic Driving Experiences -- like a Porsche or a Ferrari. Sign up and strap in. For alternatives, Maverick and Papillon also have packages for flying helicopters to the Grand Canyon that are worth considering.