Grand Canyon National Park - Low-Budget Bus Tours

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Author: Tracy Delvecchio

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If you are looking for something unusual to do in Las Vegas, then consider taking a Grand Canyon bus tour and experience the beauty of the region up close. The Grand Canyon attracts over five million visitors every year, and many of them are on tight budgets or they don't like to fly. Fortunately, these travelers can take one of the many Grand Canyon bus tours that are available. Motor coach tours are one of the best ways to experience the Grand Canyon's spectacular sights.

Most of the motor coach tours to the Grand Canyon depart from the Vegas Strip. 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. If your hotel isn't on the Strip, you will need to make your own arrangements for getting to the designated departure point, but you can simply call a cab.

You will experience some unbelievable sights during your bus ride to the Grand Canyon. The closest rim to Las Vegas is the West Rim, about 120 miles away. You will get to see scenic vistas from Guano Point and Eagle Point along with other highlights such as the Colorado River. The West Rim is where the Glass Bridge, or Grand Canyon Skywalk, is located and on it, you can walk 70 feet past the edge of the rim on a bridge of glass. To experience this heart stopping thrill, you will need to include a Skywalk pass in your tour package. It is a better deal to include the ticket in the price of your tour rather than buying it once you get to the park.

You can also take a bus to the South Rim, but it is farther away being over 275 miles from Las Vegas. It takes about 5 hours to get there but that will allow you to do some serious sightseeing. 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. When you arrive at the park you will see several notable lookouts such as Mather Point and then come to Grand Canyon Village where the Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar Hotel are located.

Seeing the Grand Canyon by motor coach is ideal because these tours are all-inclusive and everything you need is in once package. Along with the free pickup and return service to your hotel, you are also provided with a 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 hours. To the South Rim, the drive is 5 hours and you won't get back to the Strip until 9:00 p.m. You certainly don't want to have any other plans for the 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 bus tours are the best way to see the Grand Canyon with your family and friends. Helicopters can only take six passengers at a time, and the sightseeing airplanes can only take nineteen. With a motor coach, your entire group can travel together and experience the fun as a group. Sightseeing buses are made to be comfortable too. These modern buses provide you with reclining seats and personal climate controls, and they even have food trays, plasma TVs, and restrooms onboard. Motor coach tours are the best way to see the Grand Canyon in style!

This writer is a specialist on Grand Canyon tours and suggests visiting this site for the most competitive rates on the best canyon bus journeys: http://grandcanyoncheap.com/bus-tours.html

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