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8 Reasons to Take a Grand Canyon West Bus Tour By Marc Gaspian | The most popular day trip from Las Vegas? The Grand Canyon West Rim bus tour. Easy to see why, too. Chock full of activities and attractions, this trip is a huge hit with travelers. If you're in Sin City and looking for something to do, here are 8 reasons why you should take this trip: 1. The West Rim is near Las Vegas. Just 120 miles east, it can be reached in 2.5 hours by bus. 2. Check out Hoover Dam and the new bypass bridge. En route to the West Rim, you will go over the new bridge, a fabulous structure that soars 900 feet above the Colorado River. Plus you get awesome views of the dam. 3. You get to "do" the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Known as the Glass Bridge, the Skywalk is Sin City's hottest attraction, taking you 70 feet over the edge and suspending you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 4. Take a helicopter ride to the bottom. This rim is the only place in the entire canyon where you can do this. The 4,000-foot descent is incredible. Toast your wild ride with Champagne at the base. 5. You can go river rafting. Take a helicopter to the bottom and transfer to a pontoon boat for a ride down the Colorado River. 6. Immerse yourself in real Native American culture. The rim is situated on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Meet this proud American people. Explore a real Indian village. Eat barbeque prepared "tribal-style." 7. Bus tours are cheaper and easier than renting a car. Self-drive and you will pay for gas, car rental, car insurance, and a host of Park fees, including parking and Park pass. Bus tours are all-inclusive. No surprises. 8. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This status makes it a "bucket-list" item. If you get to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon West is a "must-do."

Most west Rim bus tours include hotel pick up and drop off and a BBQ lunch. Only luxury motor coaches are used. These buses feature over-sized seats, climate-controlled interiors, television screens, over-sized windows, and professional driver-guides. The #1 West Rim bus tour is the Grand Canyon Skywalk package, followed by the helicopter descent to the bottom with pontoon boat ride. Tours last all day. This trip's a great deal. Prices start at $94. If you upgrade you package, the cost goes up accordingly. For example, if you bundle the Grand Canyon Skywalk, you're looking at around $129 per person. The prices I'm quoting are from Grand Canyon Coaches. Try to reserve your trip in advance as these tours sell out quickly. The West Rim bus tour is a phenomenal deal that no Las Vegas traveler should ignore. Think about it. For under $100, you can experience one of the most famous landmarks in the United States. If you want more canyon, there's the Skywalk and the helicopter descent to the bottom. This rim is full of adventure, and it all starts by hopping aboard a bus and heading east.

8 Reasons to Take a Grand Canyon West Bus Tour  

The Grand Canyon West Rim is just 2.5 hours by luxury bus from Las Vegas, making it the ideal day trip for guests on The Strip. if proximity...

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