Up to a mile deep, 18 miles wide, and a jaw-dropping 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is a stupendous chasm in the Earth's surface. The Grand Canyon is such an amazing feat of nature it is named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Every year, about five million people go there to feast their eyes.
You can see the Grand Canyon a few different ways. Grand Canyon motor coach tours are one of the most enjoyable, and they're also one of the least expensive ways to visit the National Park. All ages and people of all physical conditions have a great time on these Grand Canyon buses. Following below are some helpful tips about these bus tours.
You need to decide first of all whether you will go to the South Rim or the West Rim. If you want to see the most beautiful natural sights, head to the South Rim. You don't want to miss the view from the famous lookout spot called Yavapai Point. The West Rim is beautiful too, but it is more noted for its adventure. Among other things, that's where you'll find the internationally acclaimed Grand Canyon Skywalk (the ?Glass Bridge?).
You'll find many tour operators for Grand Canyon trips but you want to pick one that is reputable and safe as well as offering fun tours. Also, some of the tour companies only offer basic bus tours that cover the highlights, while other tour operators offer extensive or deluxe tour versions. These are some of the options you might want to consider:
- A 30-minute chopper flight from the South Rim to the North Rim and back
- A relaxing floating tour along the Colorado River, and
- A two-hour stopover where you can get out and explore the rim on foot.
A free shuttle bus service operated by the National Park runs at the South Rim. When you go to the South Rim you can stay overnight if you want, or choose a half-day or full day tour. Most of these motor coach tours include lunch, breakfast or dinner are also provided on all-day trips. Some of the most adventurous trips might have restrictions to keep you safe such as age and weight limits. Travelers with mobility issues should be careful during these trips.
One of the best ways to enjoy a Grand Canyon bus tour is to organize a trip with a group of family members or friends. Besides being easy on the wallet, group trips like this are terrifically fun. The all inclusive bus tours include shuttle service to your hotel so you get a lot of value for your money. When you plan your trip to Vegas, don't forget to plan a side trip by bus to the Grand Canyon.
Booking your tour at least three days in advance is important. Since these bus tours are very popular, the usually sell out, especially during peak tourist season.
The most convenient and least expensive way to reserve your tour is by booking on the Internet. Booking online is fast, easy and secure, and it will reduce the cost of your trip. Just complete the online form carefully. Then you will get a confirmation email about your trip.
Bus tours head for the canyon every day of the year, including all holidays. You want to bring a camera along because the tour buses stop now and then so you can take pictures. You'll have a great barbecue lunch and be able to take short hikes at the rim. Compare the various tour operators. Then pick the company and tour that sound best.
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