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Recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a truly incredible place. Besides being spectacularly beautiful and immense (277 miles long, 1 mile deep, up to 18 miles wide), it’s hundreds of millions of years old.
Many of the Grand Canyon’s 5+ million visitors per year arrive on bus tours originating in Las Vegas. Grand Canyon bus trips pull out from Vegas 365 days a year, including holidays. Some head for the West Rim, while others do the South. Tours at both rims hit the big lookouts and other main points of interest.
Here’s some information I hope will be helpful when you’re planning your Grand Canyon bus trip:
The price of your bus tour will depend on its type. Naturally, the basic versions will be the least expensive. Packages with optional add-ons like a chopper flight or Skywalk tickets will cost more.
Bus tours are all-day affairs, whether you’re going to the West or the South Rim. The tour company’s website will be more specific about tour lengths, but most last 13 to 15 hours.
The National Park and the region surrounding it are known for hot and dry summers. Winters can also be severe, especially at the high-altitude South Rim, where snow is fairly frequent. The weather can impact your trip, so be sure to wear the right clothing. Fortunately, the motor coaches used on Grand Canyon bus trips have terrific climate control. On “good days” the air at the canyon is some of the clearest in the entire country, which is a great thing for sightseeing.
South Rim Tour
This trip is popular among Vegas travelers. After entering through the main gates of the Park (located near Tusayan, AZ), you’ll see a number of amazing highlights, including:
- Yaki Point
- Mather Point
- Yavapai Observation Station
- Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village has plenty of shops for picking up souvenirs (Hopi House is just one of them). Because it’s the main commercial area in the Park, the Village also has hotels (El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge) and places to eat (my fave is the Bright Angel Restaurant). Other sights include Kolb Studio and the Grand Canyon Railway station.
West Rim Tours
All West Rim bus tours coming from Vegas drive past Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along the way. The buses also pass through a Joshua tree forest before pulling into Grand Canyon West.
Once you arrive, you’ll get off the bus so you can explore the area. There are several amazing sights, including:
- The fabulous Grand Canyon Skywalk (nicknamed “the Glass Bridge”)
- Eagle Point
- Guano Point
A bit more on the Glass Bridge:
- It’s the world’s largest all-glass cantilevered bridge
- At its apex, you’ll be standing 4,000 feet above the canyon floor, some 70 feet past the edge of the rim!
These bus tours give their passengers the experience of a lifetime. They’re a terrific way to see the National Park, whether you’re at the South Rim or the West. Prices vary based on the rim and the particular tour package, but all Vegas bus trips are full-day experiences and packed with value.
The best bus tour prices are always online. If you complete your booking on the tour company’s website, you’ll qualify for a super Internet rate!