Types of Grand Canyon South Rim Tour Bus Rides From Las Vegas
by Luke Plunket
Sin City is a superb location from which to stage a day journey to the Grand Canyon. South Rim bus excursions are probably the most inexpensive method of getting there. To help evaluate the various tours available, here's a explanation of the kinds of coach packages offered and what you can anticipate.
The South Rim of the National Park is more than 270 miles from Las Vegas. This equates to a 5.5-hour drive. Total round-trip drive time is 11 hours. Combine that with around 3 hours of exploration inside the Park and you're looking at a full-day trip.
Lots of people are under the impression they will return to Vegas in time for dinner or a show. I don't advise it. These coach trips leave at 7 a.m. and come back at 9 p.m. That's a long day by anyone's count, and I'm sure most will anticipate to unwinding in the hotel room.
Presently, there are two types of bus trips:
- South Rim bus. Takes you direct to the National Park.
- South Rim coach with Heli. Includes a helicopter ride from Grand Canyon Airport. This rim-to-rim air travel is 30 minutes as well as takes you to the North Rim and back, whereupon you'll rejoin your group for the ground tour portion of the vacation.
Nearly all of these coach excursions are all-inclusive. This means they come with free hotel pick up and drop off, a grab-and-go breakfast, box lunch (including vegetarian!), professional driver-guide as well as park access fees.
The route to the canyon crosses the Colorado River via the Hoover Dam Bypass. The good excursion deals includes a Hoover Dam photo stop on the Arizona side of the dam. You'll also get adequate smoke and rest breaks on the way as well.
Time within the Park varies between two and three hours. In all probability, you'll go to Mather Point, the most well-known lookout at South Rim. Other well-known viewpoints include Hopi Point, Yaki Point, and Yavapai Ovservation Station.
Tours wind down at Grand Canyon Village, the canyon's commercial hub. Here you will find coffee shops, gift shops, museums, restaurants, hotels (ensure that you have a look at El Tovar) and the mule barn. In close proximity, is the Bright Angel Trail, which will take you underneath the rim and into the canyon.
Obtaining a great deal is not hard. Simply follow this 3-step process:
Book up to one-week in advance; book your tour bus trip on the internet; and complete your transaction on the website
Commit procedure number three to memory. Too many people stop trying and employ an agent to book their trip. Using these people boosts the price. These travel websites are safe, secure and very easy to use. Once you're finished with your booking, you'll receive a confirmation-receipt with all the details. If you have questions at this point, by all means, contact customer care.
Grand Canyon bus trips
are an excellent option with regards to visiting the National Park. They're comparatively cheap, are all-inclusive and are perfect for large groups and families. As you plan your Sin City vacation, include a day trip to the South Rim. It will be the high point of your holiday.
Article submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 & read 3046 times.
Mr. Plunket is a fan of the Grand Canyon and reports on his National Park adventures via video and articles. He hopes readers benefit from his efforts.
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