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Grand Canyon Bus: West Rim or South Rim?

I think Grand Canyon bus trips are terrific for a lot of reasons - especially for travelers with limited budgets and plenty of time on their hands. Grand Canyon motor coach tours are a great way to see the National Park inexpensively. The buses these tours use are comfortable, they take you to the canyon's most popular areas, and they give you an up-close-and-personal, ground-level perspective on everything. And whether you pick a West Rim or South Rim coach tour, you'll also get to stop at Hoover Dam for a chance to take some scenic photos. Oh, did I mention that motor coach tours are a lot cheaper than you might think?

west rim bus tours

If you're interested in Grand Canyon bus tours, your most important choice will be which rim you want to visit. Tours of both rims are full-day trips from Las Vegas. Each rim has its advantages, but motor coach tours to the West Rim are very different from South Rim tours.

For one thing, the ride from Las Vegas to the West Rim only takes 2 hours. After driving past beautiful Lake Mead, you'll come to Hoover Dam, where your bus will stop for a short photo opportunity. The last ten miles of the drive are on an unpaved road, but the coaches are luxurious and they turn a rough ride into a comfortable one.

West Rim

You can take a "basic" West Rim bus tour, which includes admission to the National Park. Once you arrive, a shuttle will take you to Guano Point, Eagle Point, the Indian Cultural Center and other West Rim points of interest.

Or, you could add some optional extensions to your West Rim Grand Canyon bus tour. Personally, I love the helicopter flight that lands on the canyon floor. From there you can enjoy a champagne picnic and a smooth-water float tour down the Colorado River.

If you'd rather stay at the top of the rim, you could always add Grand Canyon Skywalk VIP passes to the standard West Rim bus tour. This is the famous glass bridge that lets you walk 70 feet out past the rim's edge, 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and the canyon floor.

guano point

There are plenty of wonderful things about Grand Canyon bus tours to the South Rim, too. The drive from Vegas to the South Rim is a lot longer - it takes 5 hours just to get there. It's a long day (about 15 hours altogether), but these motor coach tours give you an experience that's well worth it. For a while, they follow the same route as West Rim bus tours, so you'll get to see Lake Mead and Hoover Dam along the way.

Basic South Rim motor coach tours stop at several of the rim's scenic highlights, including Yavapai Observation Station, Mather Point and Yaki Point. You'll also get to spend some time in the gift shops and museums in Grand Canyon Village. The village also has several restaurants to satisfy your appetite.

Options!

An exhilarating optional add-on is available for South Rim coach tours: can you imagine anything more exciting than a rim-to-rim helicopter flight through dramatic Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest spot in the entire Grand Canyon? I can't, so I do this whenever I visit the South Rim!

Earlier I mentioned that bus tours were affordable. I forgot to add if you book your trip on the Internet these coach adventures become even cheaper. I'm sure most of us know that the best bus deals are on the Internet. The problem is where to find them on the web. Personally, I've seen people shop for hours and days in pursuit of that one terrific offer. I'm sure there are some crazy deals out there, but from my experience in the travel industry, they are few and far between. If you want to save time and money, start by checking out my bus tour reviews.

mather point

Another key thing I'm noticing is more and more travelers are waiting until the last minute to book. That's a recipe for disaster. How so? Well, the worse case scenario is that the bus is sold out and you're not able to see the canyon. You'd think this was impossible but it's not. In fact, it happens quite frequently. Further, by booking ahead of time, you get a better selection of tours that include such activities like Colorado River boat trips, helicopter rides and Grand Canyon Skywalk tickets. So, if you want to get the upper hand in this game, reserve your tour at least a week in advance. As the old saying goes, " The early bird gets the worm."

Grand Canyon bus tours are exciting, convenient and surprisingly affordable. The price includes all Park fees, a light breakfast, lunch, and free shuttle service at Vegas Strip hotels.

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Have a grand day,

 


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