Not only are Grand Canyon West Rim bus tours from Las Vegas inexpensive and fun but they come with a host of fantastic upgrades like river rafting and the Grand Canyon Skywalk!
Here are the West Rim’s best bus trips:
1. The Classic
Includes all park entrance fees. Hop the free shuttle and try a variety of viewpoints. Sights that you must see include Eagle Point, Guano Point., the Indian Cultural Center, the glass bridge, and the Colorado River. Explore an authentic Hualapai Indian Village. Tickets to the Skywalk cost extra and can be purchased from your professional driver-guide.
2. The Glass Bridge
Same as the classic tour but comes with tickets to the Skywalk. Best deal. Bridge extends 70 feet past the edge with the Colorado River 4,000-feet below. This phenomenal glass structure is capable of supporting 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes but maximum occupancy is 120 people.
3. Helicopter Descent with Boat Tour
Transfer to helicopter and drop in for an amazing 4,000-foot descent to the base. Exit aircraft. Enjoy a Champagne toast under a traditional Indian Ramada. Request that you guide show you the petroglyph. Walk upstream to your pontoon boat and enjoy a smooth-water float trip down the river.
Bus tours are all-inclusive and are available with free hotel shuttle service, a light breakfast, BBQ lunch, photo-stop at Hoover Dam, and professional driver-guide. Trip duration ranges from half a day to 12 hours for the helicopter-boat package. Prices start under $100 if purchased on the Web.
The West Rim, located 120 miles away from Vegas, takes a bus 2.5 hours to reach. Only luxury motor coaches are used on these trips. They have individualized A/C stations, ample legroom, immaculate bathrooms, large viewing windows, comfy seats, and a trip narration that’s been translated into 10 languages!
Bus tours, which run every single day of the year, typically depart in the morning. The drive will take you past Lake Mead with a stop at Hoover Dam before crossing the Arizona state line. The final stretch takes you through a 700-year-old Joshua Tree forest before turning on a dirt road to Grand Canyon West. These “bonus” sights really make this Las Vegas bus tour a great value.
I recommend that all my readers book their bus tours early, preferably 2 weeks or so in advance. Doing this will nearly guarantee you will depart on the day you want to take the tour. If you buy your ticket the day before or on the same day you can expect to pay a premium – if there any seats left.
Shop the world wide web for the best deals on bus tours. Try tour operator websites first. I’ve found that many of them offer the best discounts, including one that slashes up to 35% off the retail price. Make sure to print out your trip confirmation and pack it in your luggage as you will need it to show you’ve paid for the tour.
Grand Canyon bus tours to the West Rim offer the trip-savvy visitor a great deal. These are all-inclusive trips. You need not bring anything other than your sense of adventure. There’s an array of trip add-ons, too, like Skywalk tickets and river rafting. For the best prices, make sure to shop the Internet.