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Bus tours - Grand Canyon from Las Vegas in 1-Day

To plan a fantastic vacation, you need to look at all your options. You can pick a destination first, and then choose from the available activities based upon your individual interests. The Grand Canyon, which is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a popular tourist destination for travelers from around the world. The ideal way to tour the Grand Canyon is by bus, and here are some tips for helping you pick the best tour.

Leaving From Vegas

There are over 5 million visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park each year, and many of them choose to go there on Las Vegas bus tours. Motor coach tours from Vegas go to the South Rim or the West Rim. You'll find many bus tours available, and all that variety is good, plus the competition keeps prices low.

These tours are all-day events. All buses out of Vegas start on the same route that takes you by Lake Mead, which is the biggest man-made lake in the United States, and the impressive Hoover Dam that controls the mighty Colorado River. Buses going to the West Rim eventually get off the main road and travel on an unpaved road for about the last ten miles of their journey, meanwhile the South Rim buses keep heading for the South Rim and pass through Kingman, Arizona on the way.

Bus Tours To The South Rim

The South Rim is known to be full of wilderness beauty, so it is a very popular tour with Vegas travelers. The ride there takes around 5 1/2 hours. There is an additional three-hour tour inside the National Park at the South Rim. You'll have ample time to see beautiful sights from Mather Point and Yaki Point. Hiking along Bright Angel Trail is fun too. You can find the nature trail behind Bright Angel Lodge.

You don't want to miss Grand Canyon Village when you're there. You can dine in a nice restaurant there, shop for books or gifts, or even visit a museum. You'll have fun shopping for souvenirs at Verkamp's and stopping by the Kolb Studio museum. Bright Angel Lodge is the place to go when you work up an appetite. The food is great and the portions are large, so you won't be hungry when you leave.

West Rim Bus Tours

The trip from Vegas to the West Rim only takes around 2 1/2 hours. You'll be given 2 1/2 hours to explore the area on your own with the basic tour. Don't miss Eagle and Guano Points.

The basic tours are great, but you can make them even better by upgrading your tour with a side trip. These are your options:

1. VIP access to the world-famous glass Skywalk. You can walk out over the edge of the rim onto this glass structure for 70 feet, all the while, you can see through the glass to the canyon floor, which is 4000 feet below you. The view is simply breathtaking!

2. Go down to the canyon floor on a thrilling 15-minute helicopter ride. The West Rim is the only place helicopters can land on the canyon fl

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