Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"8 Reasons Why You Should Take a Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour"

8 Reasons Why a Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour is the Perfect Day Trip

The #1 day trip from Las Vegas? The West Rim bus tour to the Grand Canyon. It's no wonder, either. This in-demand excursion is packed with activities and attractions, making it a favorite with families, groups, and independent travelers alike. If you haven't booked this tour yet, here are eight reasons why you should:

1. It's close to Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West is 120 miles east of town, requiring just a 2.5-hour bus ride.

2. You get to see Hoover Dam. The road to the West Rim crosses the Dam, with a pull out on the Arizona side for photos.

3. You get to experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Known as the Glass Bridge, the Skywalk is Las Vegas' hottest natural attraction, taking you 70 feet past the edge of the Canyon and dangling you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.

4. It's the only place where you can fly to the bottom. Add a helicopter trip to your package and descend 4,000 to the Canyon floor.

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. Experience real Native American culture. Grand Canyon West is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and managed by the Tribe. Interact with tribal members and explore an authentic Indian village.

7. Better value than renting a car. If you drive yourself, you will pay for entrance to the Park, gas, rental car, insurance, and parking. Bus tours are all-inclusive. Pay once and it's done (and it's a lot cheaper).

8. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the only one in the U.S.

Most west Rim bus tours include hotel pick up and drop off and a BBQ lunch. Only luxury buses are run this trip. These buses feature over-sized seats, climate-controlled interiors, television screens, over-sized windows, and professional driver-guides.

The most popular West Rim bus tour includes the Grand Canyon Skywalk, followed by the helicopter descent to the bottom and the pontoon boat ride. These are all-day tours that have you back at your Las Vegas hotel by late afternoon.

Trips start at $94 and go up from there based on how you upgrade your pacakge. For instance, Skywalk bundles are $129. These are promotional prices and are only available direct from the tour operator. It's recommended that you make your reservation in advance as tours sell out.

Grand Canyon bus trips are an incredible deal. You can be at the edge of America's most famous natural wonder for under $100 per person. If you choose to upgrade your package, you can experience the Canyon's floor and the Colorado River. The West Rim's proximity to Las Vegas also makes it a stellar day trip for people of all ages. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of The Strip, take a bus tour. There's a good chance it will change the way you look at the planet.


Ready to visit the West Rim? Read travel expert Keith Kravitz' trip reviews first at

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