An excursion to the Grand Canyon is an exciting twist on any Las Vegas vacation, and bus tours give you a great way to experience this glorious region. More than five million people are drawn to the National Park annually, and many of them don’t like to fly or are on a limited budget. Fortunately, these travelers can take one of the many coach trips that are available.
The fabulous Vegas Strip is the starting point for most Grand Canyon motor coach tours. Typically, they offer complimentary pickup and drop-off service for passengers staying at the Vegas Strip hotels. This is a terrific perk, because traffic can get nasty in Vegas and letting someone else drive can prevent a lot of stress. Don’t worry if your hotel isn’t on the Strip – you can always take a cab to the designated pickup spot.
You’ll see some amazing sights during your Grand Canyon motor coach tour. The closest rim to Las Vegas is the West Rim, about 120 miles away. There you’ll have wonderful views of the Colorado River, Eagle Point and Guano Point, among other highlights. The Grand Canyon Skywalk (the “Glass Bridge”) is also at the West Rim and gives canyon visitors the opportunity to walk 70 feet out beyond the rim. If you want to experience this unique thrill, add a Skywalk pass to your tour package. You’ll save money by including your pass in your tour instead of buying it after you arrive at the park.
Grand Canyon coaches can also take you to the South Rim, more than 275 miles from Vegas. The drive takes 5 ½ hours each way, but it’s time well spent. You’ll see the same views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead that you’d see on a West Rim tour, but then you’ll head off to the Kaibab Plateau of Northern Arizona. After you reach the park, you’ll see Grand Canyon Village (the location of El Tovar Hotel and the Bright Angel Lodge) along with several key lookouts like Mather Point.
Personally, I think one of the best things about Grand Canyon bus tours is that they’re all-inclusive – they include everything you’ll need to truly enjoy the experience. In addition to the Strip hotel pickup and drop-off service I mentioned earlier, your bus tour will include lunch. If you’d rather eat at one of the West or South Rim restaurants or snack bars, the prices are reasonable.
Your tour will last all day, no matter which rim you visit. The drive from Las Vegas to the West Rim takes 2 ½ hours. To the South Rim, the drive is 5 ½ hours and you won’t get back to the Strip until 9:00 p.m. Don’t make any show or dinner reservations for that evening. You’ll be too tired to do much even if you get back in time. Believe me – you’ll sleep like a rock after this trip!
Grand Canyon coaches give you a great way to see the canyon with your friends and family. Choppers only seat 6, and airplanes 19, but you probably won’t know everyone on the aircraft. Grand Canyon coaches are different – they can handle large groups of people traveling together. They’re comfortable, too. These are deluxe motor coaches with reclining seats, personal climate controls, plasma televisions, food trays and an onboard restroom. If that sounds good, I’ll see you on the drive from Vegas to the canyon, because bus tours are the way to go!