Are you looking for a fun and different way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? You should consider taking a bus tour of the Grand Canyon, because it’s hard to find something more exciting and memorable than that. Combine your tour with a getaway to Vegas, where the bus tours depart, and you’ll have a trip filled with fun and memories. These bus tours fill up fast, so you’ll want to book yours in advance to secure your seats. Here’s a quick look at what the bus tours entail.
Vegas Bus Tours To The Canyon
The buses operate daily, and they leave once a day around 7am. These tours take most of the day, so you won’t get back until your hotel until about 9pm.
Vegas is situated about 125 miles from the West Rim, and it takes the tour bus around 2.5 hours to get there. You can book a bus tour from Vegas to the South Rim too, but the bus ride there takes around 5 1/2 hours.
Either rim is a good choice because both of them have many stunning views. The South Rim is noted for its beautiful scenery and remote wilderness areas. The West Rim, on the other hand, has more adventure activities and attractions, so it’s the best choice if you’re interested in tourist activities.
The Skywalk Is On The West Rim
The Skywalk is at the West Rim, and it is a popular attraction you’ll want to see when you go to the Canyon. Did you ever wish you could float on air? That’s how you’ll feel when you stand on the Skywalk and peer down 4000 feet to the bottom of the Canyon. The attraction is one of the most popular at the West Rim because standing on glass that’s suspended over the Canyon is an exhilarating experience. You can also upgrade your bus tour to include a helicopter tour of the Canyon that flies over the area or lands down on the Canyon floor by the river where you can take a scenic boat ride.
Exploring The South Rim Of The Canyon
There are several walking trails at the South Rim for you to explore, and there are some fantastic lookout points too, in addition, you can visit the Grand Canyon Village. The Village is a great place to learn about the Canyon and to shop for unique gifts and souvenirs. Don’t miss Yaki and Yavapai Points if you want to see some beautiful views of the Canyon.
You Can Book A Deluxe Tour
Bus tours are the most affordable tours you can take of the Canyon, and they come in two types. The basic tour and the deluxe upgrade. The basic tours utilize large buses that carry 50 or so people each trip. The basic tour is a good choice if you want the most affordable option or if you need to buy seats for a large group of people.
Sprinter vans are used on the deluxe tours, and they have comfortable Captain seats that carry 10 passengers. Fewer people on the tour means you’ll have a voice in when and where the van stops, plus your ride will be more comfortable. It is worth the extra cost to book a deluxe tour if you can.
The buses that depart from Vegas follow a route that goes by the Hoover Dam, and you’ll make a quick stop there so you can get a good look at the massive feat of engineering and take some amazing photos. If you’d like to get a closer look at the Hoover Dam, you can book another tour on a different day and spend more time there.
Once you’ve decided to take a bus tour, be sure to book it online. Booking online gives you access to the best deals and it makes it convenient to buy your tour early. You should try to buy your tour at least two weeks ahead of time to make sure seats are still available for the tour you want.
You’ll enjoy a trip to the Canyon no matter what time of year you go. But St. Patrick’s Day is the ideal time since the weather is still cool and it’s the perfect time for adventure and good times. If you’ll be visiting Vegas, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to take an affordable bus tour of one of America’s most famous national parks.