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Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tours 7 Reasons Why Taking a Coach Is the Best Way to Visit the Skywalk By Peter Rucker | Las Vegas visitor searching for a fun and cheap trip to the Grand Canyon? Take a Skywalk-West Rim bus tour. Along with these trips being incredibly fun and cheap, allow me to share seven more reasons why this tour deserves to be a the top of your to-do list: 1. Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are included. You can't miss them en route to the rim. Most trips include a photo stop on the Arizona side of the dam. Includes a spectacular drive across the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge (the best view is on the left side of the bus). 2. Do the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The world-famous "glass bridge" hangs 70 feet over the edge and suspends you 4,000 above the Colorado River. Breathtaking views. Described by many as "gravity defying." 3. Ride a helicopter to the base of the canyon. Grand Canyon West is the only place in the canyon where you are permitted to do this. The distance from rim to bottom is 4,000 feet. Deplane and enjoy a Champagne toast. Includes plenty of time to see the ancient surroundings and some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet. 4. Ride a pontoon boat down the Colorado River. This is a smooth-water float trip (no rapids) on a pontoon boat. Puts you face to face with the force that continues to carve the canyon. Pack a bathing suit for a refreshing swim. 5. Explore an authentic Indian village. The Hualapai Indian Tribe, which owns and manages Grand Canyon West, offer a walking tour of authentic Native American dwellings, including tee pees, huts, and an amphitheater. Check out the Hualapai Market for handicrafts. 6. Luxury buses are paragons of comfort. Today's motor coaches come with huge cabins, over-sized windows, VCR's, and pre-recorded trip narrations in multiple languages. Bathrooms are clean. Seats are plush. Lots of legroom. And the bathrooms are extraordinarily clean. 7. These all-inclusive tours are affordable. The most classic trips begin under $100. This fare includes full access to Grand Canyon West. Inside, ride the free shuttle bus to Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Rim, the Indian Village, and more. If you have the slightest inclination to do the Skywalk, save time and money and buy a package that includes tickets.

Grand Canyon West is only 120 miles from Las Vegas. Luxury buses make the trip in 2.5 hours. Tours include a quick breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Expect to spend a minimum of half a day on these trips, longer if you upgrade to include a helicopter ride or pontoon boat float trip. Book in advance: I suggest one to two weeks before you arrive in Vegas. I strongly suggest you book online. I've seen prices cut by up to 35%. Consider buying direct from tour operators. I do and I've never had an issue with my bookings. Be sure you print out your trip confirmation email and take it with you to Vegas. I can come up with more reasons to take a canyon bus tour from Las Vegas to the West rim but these seven are the main ones. But really, when you step back and think about it, if you make it to Las Vegas, you've got to give a visit to the canyon some serious consideration. The proximity alone makes it a nearly mandatory visit. Plus, the best place to experience this magical land is just a 2.5-hour bus trip away! So climb aboard. Now's the time to enjoy this incredible outdoor attraction.

7 Reasons to take a Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour  
7 Reasons to take a Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour  

Vegas is a superb place from which to check out the Grand Canyon. There are various ways to get there, but the lowest priced is the bus. The...