Grand Canyon Journals

A Drive From Las Vegas To The Grand Canyon

An April 2005 trip to Grand Canyon by draftingbatman

Quote: The best way to see the Grand Canyon when staying in Las Vegas

A Drive From Las Vegas To The Grand Canyon


Our trip started out in Vegas. We drove to Hoover Dam; then to The Grand Canyon; then to Flagstaff, where we spent the night; and then headed back.

Quick Tips:

One thing we didn't know about was the -a-car entrance fee. Also, make sure there is enough gas in your car. The gas stations can be as much as 30 to 40 miles apart. The Grand Canyon is pretty high, so expect colder weather. We left Vegas in the 80's, and it was about 50°F at The Grand Canyon.

Best Way To Get Around:

You can take the bus tour if you want, but a rental car for less than a day seemed like a better idea. You get more freedom.

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

Restaurant | "Beaver Street Brewery"

This is my favorite place we ate on the whole week trip. It is a nice local restaurant. There is a great big wooden bar, a waiting area with a little fireplace, pool tables, and a large dining area. The place was pretty busy with locals when we went.

Try the local brews. Try the Hefeweizen or Berry Brew (very different). The food is very good. They put a tasty spin on each normal entrée. The hamburger is not just a hamburger, but a mix of garlic, fresh basil, and sun-dried tomatoes. The toppings were even different - havarti cheese and basil pesto. This restaurant makes going all the way to Flagstaff worth it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe
11 South Beaver St
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
+1 928 779 0079



The first thing you come to on the trip is Hoover Dam. If you don’t mind walking, cross the bridge and park on the Arizona side, where parking is free. Plus, you can get better pictures this way. Be prepared for a police stop on the way there. The highway is very windy getting there, but it looks like they’re working on a four-lane expressway. We went to a grocery store the night before and got a cooler and lunch to eat at The Grand Canyon. It was so amazing eating our picnic on the edge of The Grand Canyon. If you want to go to the visitor center at The Grand Canyon, you can not drive there anymore. Park in one of the lots and take the shuttle buses there. We found that is was chea...Read More