The USA is packed with fascinating cities and spectacular landscapes that are perfect for short breaks. Should you want to combine some bright lights with seeing a rugged wilderness, there are few better choices for your getaway than Las Vegas to Grand Canyon tours.
When you visit the western states of America, you will find there is more to do and see than you could possibly fit into one trip. However, you can tailor USA holidays so they include something that interests everyone in your party.
Choose a base in Las Vegas and you will have access to round the clock entertainment and activities. The Nevada city is famed for its lavish casinos and you may want to risk a few dollars in the hope of winning your fortune at the blackjack and roulette tables, or one of the many slot machines that have seven-figure jackpots.
There is much more to Sin City's casinos than gambling and the complexes have all sorts of facilities, including spas, shopping malls, nightclubs and bars. Most also boast a selection of eateries that range from buffets and steakhouses to world-class restaurants with Michelin stars.
If it is entertainment you are after, almost every type of performance you can imagine is available at the gambling venues' theatres. You will have a choice of big-budget musicals, magic shows, comedians, spectacular circuses and musicians like Elton John and Donny Osmond.
Make sure you also take the time to explore outside the casinos, as The Strip has some staggering sights. Where else could you see a manmade volcano - complete with eruptions - a replica of Venice, a half-size Eiffel Tower and a huge re-creation of the Great Sphinx of Giza in a single afternoon?
You will also find a host of fascinating visitor attractions, such as Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, Shark Reef Aquarium and the National Atomic Testing Museum. One well worth visiting is the Las Vegas Mob Experience, an interactive exhibition focused on the city's links to the Mafia. As well as traditional museum exhibits, it features holograms of infamous gangsters Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel and Myer Lansky telling the story of the local organised crime families.
Another popular way to spend a few hours in Vegas is to take a helicopter tour. There is a host of spectacular natural sights in the surrounding area, which look great from the air. They include the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley and, of course, the Grand Canyon.
Viewing the Grand Canyon from the air is guaranteed to be a memorable experience, but there is no reason why you should not combine your break in Las Vegas with seeing it up close.
This vast scar on the Arizona landscape is a magical sight. Carved over several thousand years by the Colorado River, it is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep in places. The fast-flowing water, steep cliffs and rugged terrain underfoot make it the perfect location for adventure tours.
One of the best ways to see it is by hiking along the South Rim Trail, which will give you some stunning views. Whether you choose to trek along the challenging route to Plateau Point or stick to the simple paths, you are sure to be treated to a spectacular sunset.
If you are the really adventurous type, why not book Grand Canyon rafting trips for your party? Tackling the rapids of the Colorado River is guaranteed to be an exhilarating experience and will also give you the opportunity to see things you could not from the rim, such as the beautiful Shinumo wash, the vast Redwall Cavern and the waterfalls of Vasey's Paradise.
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers want the opportunity to see the area from the water, but the authorities in Grand Canyon National Park have restricted the number of rafters due to concerns about the impact visitors may have on the environment. To ensure you do not miss out, you will need to book in advance with a recognised tour operator.
After exploring this natural wonder, there is only one way to travel back to the luxurious hotels of Las Vegas - along Route 66. Stop at a traditional American diner on the iconic road and then take a detour to Hoover Dam to ensure the journey is another memorable part of your holiday.