For people who are vacationing in Vegas, a side-trip to the Grand Canyon is one of the most exciting things you can add to your itinerary. This natural wonder attracts more than 5 million people a year, and for travelers on a budget (or who prefer not to fly), there’s a wide selection of bus tours from which to choose. If you’re looking to get into the magnificent natural ambience that is the canyon, you definitely need to consider a coach trip.
Most chartered bus excursions normally depart from the Strip. Guests who are staying in one of the luxurious eos-tour accommodations on this famous U.S. landmark will be picked up from their resort hotel. I personally think this is a huge benefit because traffic gets snarled in Las Vegas and leaving the driving to somebody else is a giant stress reliever. If you are staying off-Strip, that’s not a problem, either, as you can easily arrange for a cab to get you to the closest designated pick up area.
The Grand Canyon hosts some incredible sights. At the West Rim, which is closest to Las Vegas (120 miles away), you’ll get crystal-clear views of such vistas as Guano Point, Eagle Point and the Colorado River. Take the incredible one step further by experiencing the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which lets you walk 70 feet past the rim’s edge. If you go with this option, make sure to include it in your trip as it’s cheaper than purchasing it at the destination.
The South Rim is the other destination where bus tours go. It’s 277 miles from Las Vegas and takes 5.5 hours to reach. Is it worth the effort? You bet. Because you follow the same route as the West Rim bus, you’ll start off with views of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before heading out to northern Arizona and the Kaibab Plateau. Inside the national park, you’ll see Mather Point and several other key lookouts, as well as Grand Canyon Village, home of the Bright Angle Lodge and the El Tovar Hotel.
The great thing about coach tours is that they’re all-inclusive. What that means is they come with everything you need to enjoy the canyon. I already touched on the hotel shuttle service. Well, in addition to that, there’s also lunch. Of course, many people take a meal at the park as snack bars and dining halls exist at both the West Rim and the South Rim (prices are very reasonable, too).
I mentioned that the drive to the South Rim takes more than five hours. The trip to the West Rim will set you back 2.5 hours. No matter how you slice it, bus trips are an all-day event, with the one to South Rim typically getting you back to the Strip around 9p. This is important to know because you don’t want to make dinner or show reservations or you’ll most likely miss them. More than that, you’ll be tired. How much you walk about the park is up to you, but I assure you that you’ll be happy to see your bed and you’ll sleep like a rock.
Bus tours are a great way to travel with friends and family. This is because coaches can handle large groups. By contrast, helicopters can hold up to six people and airplanes up to 19 and most likely not all those people in the aircraft are related to you. And don’t get the impression that these buses are uncomfortable. Today’s motorcoach is deluxe all the way, with recliner-style seats, personal A/C unites, food trays, an on-board bathroom and plasma TVs. Sound good? Awesome. I’ll see you on the open road!