Grand Getaways

If you are itching to go on an excursion, don’t worry about the planning, Laughlin Tours offers several all-inclusive daytrips to breathtaking locations.
Winner of the Community Achievement Tourism Award, Laughlin Tours takes the hassle out of booking tours, with perfectly prepared trips to view the area sights during your stay in Laughlin. They offer roundtrip transportation from the Laughlin resorts, so you can sit back and relax the whole time.
Another perk — all of their experienced guides share tidbits of local history along the way that you may miss on other tours or by driving yourself. So even the ride to your destination is interesting!
Many visitors want to parlay a trip to the Grand Canyon into their Laughlin getaway, but it can be daunting to figure out the passes, directions, parking and best spots to experience the canyon. Luckily, Laughlin Tours offers three unique trips to see the canyon from incredible vantage points.
The Grand Canyon National Park Tour takes guests to the popular South Rim of the canyon, with pickup at 6 a.m. and returning around 5 p.m. Along with transportation, the trip includes all entry fees, a tour guide and lunch. Guests will get to see the canyon from several scenic overlooks and visit historic buildings from more than 100 years ago. Now is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon, as the higher altitude provides some relief from the scorching heat in the Tri-state area.
The Grand Canyon West tour takes guests a different direction, to the West Rim, managed by the Hualapai Indian tribe. The West Rim is closer to Laughlin, so pickup time is 7 a.m. and return time is around 3 p.m. Along with the beautiful views of the canyon, visitors will get to do a short walking tour of an Indian village and have lunch and explore at the Western Ranch.
The West Rim is known for the Skywalk, a glass cantilever bridge, jutting out over the canyon, 4,000 feet from the bottom. To put that into perspective, the drop is three times the height of the Empire State Building. Not to worry, the bridge could hold 70 fully-loaded 747 passenger jets, yet no more than 120 people are allowed on the bridge at one time.
The view straight down to the canyon’s floor cannot be found from any other vantage point along the rim, and it is awe-inspiring to say the least. However, the Skywalk is not for everyone, and therefore the admission price for the bridge is not included in the tour price. You may add a Skywalk ticket to the price of your tour and there will certainly be time to experience it, should you so choose.
The third Grand Canyon Tour, Journey to the Bottom, is closed for the season, but will resume in October. Not many people have made the trek to the canyon’s floor, as you typically would have to hike, take a burro or commission a helicopter. However, there is one 20-mile dirt road, which Laughlin Tours can access, to take guests all the way to the bottom. Pickup time is 6:30 a.m., and the van returns around 3 p.m. Lunch at Hualapai Resort and an extended drive on Historic Route 66 is included in the trip.
Now if you are looking to stay a little closer to town, but still want to see some of the popular sights in the area, Laughlin Tours has two shorter tours available.
First is the Wine Tasting & Distillery tour to Kingman, Arizona. With your guide as the designated driver, all guests can partake in a day of sampling from three local hotspots. The first stop is Stetson Winery, followed by Little Old Wine Drinkers Winery, both in the Valle Vista neighborhood.
After a couple of wine flights, the tour finishes at Desert Diamond Distillery, known for their award-winning Gold Miner rum. They also craft vodka and their newest endeavor is whiskey. Tour the distillery for a behind-the-scenes look and check out the renovated Pullman Rail Car outside.
Lunch is included in the tour, which picks up at 9 a.m. and returns around 3 p.m.
Last is the Oatman/Route 66 combo tour, which picks up at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 1 p.m. The tour begins at the Route 66 Visitors Center in Kingman to learn some history of “America’s Mother Road.” Then drive a piece of the original route through the Black Mountains for an exciting, windy adventure to Oatman.
Once you arrive in the Old West mining town, prepare for burro sightings, gunfights, shopping and lunch. Try a delicious Navajo Taco made with Indian fry bread at Olive Oatman’s Restaurant. And make sure to check out the Oatman Hotel, rumored to be haunted, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned. After browsing the town, the van will return to Laughlin.
All tours are available seven days a week. Reservations are required, and can be made online at LaughlinTours.com. For more information, call 702-420-5345.