Amidst the pandemic, Las Vegas has done its very best to keep many of it's attractions alive with virtual tours and interactive exhibits as all main stage shows continue to stay closed. Even though Vegas has entered phase two and many attractions reopened on June 4, some visitors still want to avoid the crowds.
Top Socially-Distanced Tours
Fortunately, this desert oasis has some of the best and most unique self-guided tours available. The idea of doing a multi-day, self-guided tour can be daunting, but Bindlestiff Tours has taken out all the guesswork. They offer a variety of award-winning tours based out of Las Vegas that are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families (children must be 7 or older). The tours include commentary via the free Bindlestiff Tours app and are available in a variety of languages.
3-Day National Parks Tour
Day one of this self-driving tour begins in Zion National Park. The morning features an exploration of the floor of Zion Canyon. The 2,000-foot, petrified sand dunes that tower over hikers are a photographers dream, a dizzying expanse of white and pink stone. The afternoon is spent in Bryce Canyon famous for its hoodoos (orange and red rock spires). Visitors then drive to their designated camping location where they can meet their personal camping guide. All camping equipment is provided. If sleeping around a campfire isn’t preferable, lodging accommodations can be arranged in advance.
Monument Valley is the focus of day two. Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon can be visited and viewed en route. Once in Monument Valley, the camping guide helps set up camp along the rim of the canyon. Far from the Las Vegas strip, the stargazing is incredible. But, don’t stay up all night because the morning brings a Navajo-guided, 4x4 jeep sunrise tour of the valley.
Day three is the most iconic, a visit to the Grand Canyon. The route follows the Colorado River through the painted desert. Helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon are optional. Hike around the rim or explore a variety of trails heading towards the canyon floor. The day begins at 7:15 am and concludes back in Las Vegas by 9 pm It’s a perfect weekend getaway.
Private Day Tours
Las Vegas residents and visitors alike that want to avoid the strip just for the day can book a private tour. Groups of four or more can experience the Ghost Town Explorer Day Tour for an adventure-filled day of fun, transportation provided. The tour begins with a photo-op by the Hoover Dam before continuing on to the mining town of Chloride, Arizona. The town has been around since the 1860s and almost became a ghost town after the mining boom ended. Today, it’s an artist enclave with approximately 250 residents. The quaint town is full of history, antique shops and locally-made sculptures.
After lunch, the tour drives down iconic Route 66 to Oatman, Arizona. The resident population of this ghost town is 150 people and one poltergeist. “Oatie the Ghost,” the locally-known poltergeist, is supposedly an Irish miner who died behind the Oatman Hotel. Wild burros (donkeys) have free reign around the town along with the tumbleweeds. Tour guests can even be involved in their own Wild West shoot out while posing with modern cowboys.
Libations are available in the local saloon before the tour heads to its final stop. El-Dorado Canyon was an 18th-century mining town. While no one inhabits the town now, it has provided a backdrop for many western films and photoshoots. The route back winds through the desert and is a peaceful respite before returning to the rush of Las Vegas.
Bindlestiff Tours is passionate about sharing the local landscape with tourists and Vegas residents alike. That’s why they’re offering personalized, private experiences. Adventurers can pick from pre-planned itineraries or request customized tours that better suit their needs. Private tours are even available for their 7-Day Southwest Highlights tour, which won Tour of the Year USA West in 2019. The tour explores National Parks in both Utah and Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, before heading back to fabulous Las Vegas. All camping gear is provided, along with some meals. Hotel accommodations can be arranged instead of camping for an additional charge. Private, custom tours are available for parties of 4 or more and all children must be 5-years or older. All live tours are provided in English, but the Bindlestiff tours app provides extra narration in French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
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