Las Vegas' Top-Rated Grand Canyon Bus Trips

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Author: Justine Moriarity

Travel writer, report, photographer, sketch artist and budding chef.

Covering about 1.2 million acres, Grand Canyon National Park is a huge expanse of untouched wilderness. Located on the Kaibab National Forest and on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, this 270 mile phenomenon is certainly amazing. As one of the Seven Natural World Wonders, those visiting Las Vegas will need to ensure it is on their list of things to do. I recommend booking a bus tour if a day trip like this sounds appealing, but you might want to read the following tips first.

Each Grand Canyon bus tour will require a full day. Most of them are all-inclusive, meaning the price includes a continental breakfast (coffee, juice and a pastry) and a simple lunch. While dinner isn't included; the tour will have plenty of stops that will provide you with a chance to grab something to eat. Anyone who has a restricted diet will want to bring along items that are going to meet their dietary needs. You will also want to bring items to snack on.

Another thing to consider is the age of the buses by the tour company. You'll be on the bus for a long time, and you'll want to make sure it's safe and comfortable for you.

Sadly, one of the places these companies cut costs on is the buses that they offer. Look for buses that have tinted windows, comfortable seats, individual air conditioning units, and pull-down window blinds. Having windows you can see out of, along with space you can move around in and clean restrooms will be important aspects also.

When you look at Grand Canyon bus discounts, try to find options that stop at Hoover Dam, so you can take pictures. Your goal is to find a selection that doesn't skip over the Hoover Dam and just heads over to the Grand Canyon instead. You'll find that the best tours will be those who cross the bridge and then come back over the Arizona side as this will give you the best photographs. The bus is going to stop here in the morning as you will be heading back to the Vegas Strip later on in the day.

Typically, you will spend about three hours at the canyon. Anything less than two just isn't enough because there's so much to see and do. The more time that you have booked at the canyon, the better your experience will be. While at the canyon, you will want to see the Skywalk, Indian Cultural Center, Hualapai Ranch and Eagle Point. If you are at the South Rim, make sure you explore the Grand Canyon Village, Mather Point and Yaki Point.

A good idea will be to book your trip three days in advance and before you even come to Las Vegas. There are some reasons for doing this. First and foremost, these tours are very popular and tickets sell out fast. Also, you probably don't want to be arranging things while you're on holiday so book ahead so you can enjoy yourself instead. Along with this; you will have to pay more if you book them in Las Vegas, especially if you are buying them at a booth or at your hotel.

It is important that you also focus on fees. You are going to find that while Grand Canyon bus discounts are possible, some companies do add in fees for the park, fuel and even the meals they provide. Because of this, you will want to be wary of any company that provides a price that is significantly lower than the other tour companies. Avoid them because they're probably loaded with extra fees. You will find that there some companies also have cancellation policies that can be tricky and you may need to call at least 24 hours in advance to get your money back.

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