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Tips on Finding Grand Canyon Bus Tour Deals

Grand Canyon bus tours are a terrific bargain, making them a great option for exploring the National Park.

You get lots of bang for your buck because they're all-inclusive. By that, I mean the price includes hotel pickup and drop-off, a professional driver/tour guide, lunch, and all applicable Park fees. Plus, if you're traveling with your kids, you'll share plenty of quality time together. You might even slide in some history, cultural, and geology lessons - they'll be easy for your children to remember. But best of all, bus tours are a terrific way to see the natural beauty of this place, up close and personal, from ground level.

The Tips

There's only one thing that could make Grand Canyon bus tours even more awesome, and that's finding the best prices!

Here are some tried and true tips on finding terrific Grand Canyon deals, whether you're looking for South Rim or West Rim bus tours. I know they work, because I use them myself whenever I'm making my own Grand Canyon travel arrangements.

  1. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to book your tour online, because the best prices are always Internet-only. I don't mean you should book through one of the "big-box" travel websites, though. You won't find the best Grand Canyon deals at HotWire, Expedia, Orbitz, Viator or any other third-party site (even though they may try to convince you otherwise).

  2. The truly great Grand Canyon deals are always posted on the tour operators' websites, so go to the source and book your bus tour directly. The tour companies themselves are in the best position to give you the biggest discounts and best Grand Canyon deals. Just make sure you complete your entire purchase transaction on the tour company's website - you'll lose the big online discount (and probably pay full retail price) if you mail in your payment or call the company's sales or customer service number.

  3. Booking and paying for your tickets on the company's own website can make a huge difference in the price of your seats.

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That's the #1 strategy. Combine it with the following and you'll get a great deal:

  1. Lock down your seats well in advance of the date you prefer. I suggest booking at least three days ahead, but seven is even better. You'll get the best prices that way.

  2. Plus, Grand Canyon bus tours are popular, and they tend to sell out pretty fast, especially during the summer tourist season. Book early and besides getting the best prices, you'll have a lot more choices as far as dates and add-on options are concerned. I strongly urge you to stay away from same-day bookings, especially through a ticket kiosk or hotel concierge in Vegas. They're convenient, but they won't give you the best prices or choices.

You'll have plenty to see and do at either rim of the canyon. The West Rim is famous for thrills and adventure. Top highlights include:

  • The spectacular Grand Canyon Skywalk (also called the "Glass Bridge").
  • Boat ride down the Colorado River
  • Sightseeing at Guano Point and Eagle Point
  • Exploring Hualapai Ranch
  • Walking amid the outdoor Indian Cultural Center
  • A relaxing, optional smooth-water rafting trip down the Colorado.

Not to be outdone, the South Rim is known for its magnificent natural beauty, including points of interest like:

  • Mather Point and Yavapai Point.
  • A thrilling optional chopper flight through the widest, deepest section of the canyon.
  • Grand Canyon Village.
  • Strolling along the Rim Trail
  • Taking a brief hike down Bright Angel Trail, which follows an original Native American footpath

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More About West Rim, South Rim

That's the big decision. From Las Vegas, visitors can visit one or the other. The West Rim, which is just 120 miles east of town, is closest and requires a 2.5-hour bus ride. The South Rim, which is 275 miles away, involves a 5.5-hour ride. I find this usually helps people determine the rim they want to visit.

However, there are several more reasons that make the rims distinct. The West Rim is the only place in the National Park where you can take a helicopter to the bottom and land. It's also home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the internationally sensational attraction that lets travelers defy gravity by walking 70 feet past the edge and stand some 4,000 feet over the bottom!

Is it worth driving all that way to the South Rim? Absolutely. This rim is the "official" Grand Canyon and it's where all the famous photos have been taken. It also hosts the Park's top lookouts. Unlike the West Rim, which is dry and arid, the South Rim is vegetated with Ponderosa Pine and Juniper. It's also at an elevation of 7,000 feet and therefore is much cooler during the summer months.

What to Wear

Definitely pay attention to the weather. Summers are the West Rim are extraordinarily hot. Temperatures are regularly over 100 degrees and they don't cool down until late evening. As such, make sure you wear a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt while packing along water, sun block and some salty trail mix. You'll want to do the same at the South Rim, except you'll be less bothered by the heat, which overs in the low 80's.

Winter at the South Rim is a different story. It's cold there, and there's often a chance of snow (despite this, bus tours run every day of the year). You'll want to dress for cold weather, and that means wearing a jacket, beanie, gloves, pants, sweater and close-toed shoes. The West Rim at this time of the year is temperate but still cold. You can pretty much bet that the weather at this rim will be similar to what you are experiencing in Vegas. That said, still inquire with the bus company or your hotel concierge.

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There are some terrific Grand Canyon deals out there. You just need to know where to look - on the tour company websites. And once you find the trip you want, make sure you book it online in order to qualify for that special Internet rate. Indeed, knowing which rim you want to visit and what to wear is absolutely critical to your bus tour experience. But all that smart planning really shines when you lock down a rate that gets you the trip of your dreams at a price you love.

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Have a grand day,

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