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Grand Canyon Bus From Las Vegas to South Rim By: Keith Kravitz The secret's out: The bus tour to the Grand Canyon's South Rim is truly one of Las Vegas' hottest day trips. Not on your list of Sin City must-do's? Here are five solid reasons why it should be: #1 - The views are incredible - This is the Rim you see in National Geographic. Mather Point, Yaki Point, Yavapai Observation Station and more and more are here and give you unparalleled views of the canyon below. #2 - The drivers are great tour guides - Professionally trained, these folks know the road like the back of their hands, providing entertaining and informational insights on the way that you won't get anywhere else. #3 - The luxury bus is fun - These are state-of-the-art motor coaches with lounge-style seats, TV's, and over-sized windows. The ride is smooth and comfortable. Perfect for families, groups, and special occasions. #4 - The souvenir shopping is phenomenal - On the subject of gift shops, the one at the Bright Angel Lodge is where to go. Hats, t-shirts, minerals, DVDs, day packs, magnets, food specialties. The list is endless. #5 - It's affordable - The base trip can be had on the Internet for around $80 per person. It's all-inclusive and comes with a lite breakfast, box lunch, professional driver-guide, and up to three hours of rim time. You also get to see Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, where you pull over for a photo stop. Now that's a bargain! This bus tour is an all-day trip that takes 15 hours to complete. Tours, which include pick up and drop off at your Las Vegas hotel, depart at 7 a.m. The rim is 277 miles east of Las Vegas and one-way drive time is 5.5 hours (it goes fast aboard these luxury buses). Figure on returning to The Strip at around 9 p.m. Refrain from making dinner or show reservations after this trip. There's no guarantee that you'll make it on time. Dress accordingly. Summer means shorts, running shoes, t-shirts and hats. Pack along some sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. If you check out one of the rim's fabulous trails, I suggest limiting it to 15 minutes one way. That's more than enough time to see what it's like to be inside the canyon without over-exerting yourself. Winter can be very cold at the South Rim. Dress in layers. Take along a beanie, a pair of gloves. Come dressed in pants. I've seen too many travelers from Vegas arrive in shorts. Avoid that. The rim's elevation is nearly twice that of Vegas' and it’s a complete weather change. There are three main tour operators that run bus trips from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon: Papillon Tours, Grand Canyon Coaches, and Grayline. There are a lot of smaller bus tour companies and many are outstanding. From reviews I've read on some of the top travel forums, Grand Canyon Coaches gets a lot of kudos for its commitment to comfort, value, and safety. I'm also a big fan of Paradise Found's coach trips. I strongly suggest that you book this tour on the Web and ahead of time. This is an incredibly popular trip and it does sell out. If you want the best deal, shop the Internet and keep your eye on what's being offered on the sites of the companies that operate the tours. These companies compete hard with each other and offer their best rates on their websites. The Grand Canyon bus from Las Vegas is a wonderful trip. From beginning to end, it's packed with things to do and see. Highlights include Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mather Point, Yaki Point, Bright Angel and more. If you're searching for a day trip that let's you say, "been there, done that," this bus tour's the one. See you up there! About The Author: Travel writer Keith Kravitz reviews Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas. Use this link for his Top 3 Grand Canyon bus tours at: Article Source:

Grand Canyon Bus From Las Vegas to South Rim  

Insightful article about the Las Vegas bus tour that goes to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.