By looking at travel brochures for the Las Vegas area, you’ll discover there are some pretty fun Grand Canyon bus excursions you can take. The tour companies have figured out that it’s easier for them to offer all-inclusive tours, so a good tour package will include everything you’ll need during your trip. Be suspicious of any bus tour that only provides you with a seat for the ride.
It is a good idea to understand what is usually included in a tour so you can tell what operators are good and which ones you should avoid. For one thing, the company should provide all the transportation you’ll need throughout your entire tour. You’ll also want to ride in a luxury bus, because it will make your experience much more enjoyable. Be sure to find out about pullouts or comfort breaks on the itinerary. You’ll also want a tour that gives you ample time to take in the scenery once you are at the canyon. Food such as snacks or meals should be available too.
Tour companies can be a little vague, so it is important to find out if a shuttle service is included that will pick you up and drop you off right at your hotel. Transportation to and from your hotel is an important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Some people have even been stranded at various places because they weren’t able to get back to their hotels!
You will want to think about the bus you will be riding on as well. You will enjoy your trip so much more if you travel on a newer bus that has luxury amenities. Old motor coaches can be undependable. Considering you will travel along ten miles of dirt road before you get to the West Rim, you definitely want a quality bus to get you there. And, the average West Rim round-trip drive time is about 5 hours; it’s about 11 hours to and from the South Rim. With all that time in the bus, comfort is very important.
Whether you are going to the West Rim or the South Rim, all Grand Canyon coach trips pass by Hoover Dam. Most motor coach excursions stop at the dam to give their passengers photo opportunities. But, I’ve heard of some that simply drive over the new bypass bridge and never stop at the dam. So be sure and check; you won’t want to miss the opportunity to stop and gaze at the massive Hoover Dam.
If you don’t pay attention, you may book a tour that doesn’t include a stop at the Hoover Dam. If you don’t stop, you will only get a glimpse of the massive dam as you drive past it. So make sure you get a great view of the dam by choosing a tour that actually stops there. In addition, you want to make sure there are some comfort stops if you take a trip to the South Rim since it is a five hour ride.
Most of the motor coaches will stop at the rim for around three hours, so there is no need to settle for less time than that. You will definitely want to stay as long as possible, so the longer your stay over is, the better your trip will be. When you visit the South Rim, you want plenty of time to visit the Grand Canyon Village, and see Yavapai Point and Mather Point. Some of the highlights at the West Rim are the Indian Cultural Center, Eagle Point, the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Guano Point.
A good bus tour package will include meals too. Some companies may omit meals so they can lower the cost of the tour. Also be aware that not every bus tour will include the price of admission to the park. That means you will have to pay extra when you get there, and that could be a unfair surprise. It is best to research the available tours online so you can compare options. Not only will you be able to find the most reputable tour operators, you will also find some great discounts for booking online.