Las Vegas Grand Canyon Bus Tour Review

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Author: Luke Plunket

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It isn't a trip to Vegas unless you visit the West Rim of the Grand Canyon by tour bus. I recently booked an extended version of this tour and I was totally satisfied. Here is a review of my trip:

The bus operator planned to pick me up at 7 a.m. I was fine with that. The slot machines were robbing me. The shuttle service was right on time. I joined the other passengers for a coffee and a pastry and off we went.

Today's deluxe motor coach is a miracle of automotive engineering. These buses are luxurious, $500,000 machines. Mine was outfitted with super-comfy seats, individual climate-control stations, a squeaky clean rest room, and 7 TVs that played a documentary about the West Rim.

All of us got a pair of earphones. I used mine to listen to a pre-recorded tour narration. It was fascinating. I felt it substantially enhanced my experience. Other "extras" that I felt made the difference was the fold out seat-arm, food tray, and cup holder. These items may seem insignificant but I found them very beneficial.

Grand Canyon West is 120 miles from Vegas. Normally takes about 2.5 hours to get there. The beginning of the drive takes in Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. My tour incorporated a picture stop at the Dam on the Arizona side. It's amazing how far the lake level went down. The view you get of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is quite phenomenal from here as well.

The final 10 miles of the ride was on a difficult dirt road. The tour bus I was on drove it like it owned it. I said to myself, "I would not want to drive this stretch myself." I have to give credit to our driver for professionally navigating it.

My bus excursion included a chopper flight and boat trip. Other available choices incorporate Glass Bridge tickets, a boat ride and a basic ground trip of the rim.

I switched over to the heli and made the 4,000-foot descent to the bottom. It truly was outstanding. I'd describe it as one giant canyon carve. At the foundation, I savored a Champagne picnic. Next I embarked on my Grand Canyon rafting trip, which ended up being a completely enjoyable smooth-water float ride down Colorado River.

I rejoined my other bus adventurers at the top of the rim. I overheard a pair from the U.K. rave about Eagle Point and Guano Point. My seatmate announced how brilliant the glass walkway was, showing me a photo of her "catching air" on it.

Get your canyon bus tours from Las Vegas online. There's lots of operators out there who would like your business. Thus the price wars. Having said that, try to make certain your package incorporates a stop at Hoover Dam. Booking before hand should also help get you the best rate.

These Grand Canyon coach trips to the West Rim last a half day. If one makes plans in Las Vegas for the evening, I suggest you push them to 8 p.m. Be conservative on this. I was very pleased with my bus tour. I saw almost everything as promised and more, and give my adventure two thumbs up.

Mr. Plunket is a travel journalist who writes about all things Grand Canyon. He recommends going here for information and cheap prices on Grand Canyon Bus tours from Las Vegas.

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