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Las Vegas Thanksgiving Bus Tours To The Grand Canyon

Justine Moriarity

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Vegas is such a great place to visit because it has so many exciting things to see and do. Something about Vegas you may not know is that it's the most popular hub for Grand Canyon bus tours. The tours operate all seasons of the year, so touring the Canyon would be a great way to spend your Thanksgiving holiday.

First, you'll have to choose between a tour to the West or South Rim. The West Rim is closer to Vegas and you can get there in about 2 1/2 hours by bus. The ride to the South Rim takes a lot longer since the rim is situated in Arizona, so it takes about 5 1/2 hours to get there. Tours include lunch, and there are no hidden fees for taxes or other charges.

Tours That Go To The West Rim

Since the West Rim is closer to Vegas, it is the most popular destination, and because of that, there are plenty of fun activities to be found there. The West Rim Is actually part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The Hualapai administer some of the attractions in the area too.

Speaking of attractions, the West Rim is home to the world-famous Skywalk. It is a massive platform made of giant glass panels that extend 70 feet over the rim. When you walk out on the glass bridge, you can peer down to the Colorado River flowing on the Canyon floor about 4000 feet below you.

Even though it takes a while to ride to the Canyon when you go by bus, you'll see lots of interesting sights along the way, including the Hoover Dam. When you're actually in the park, you will have three hours to explore, and could even add a ticket to fly down to the bottom of the Canyon in a helicopter.

South Rim

The South Rim is considered the most scenic area of the Canyon. You can even add on a helicopter flight to you bus tour. One is a 30 minute tour that goes to the North Rim and back again, and the second one is a longer 50 minute tour that travels the same route, while adding in an additional leg which goes out to the eastern boundary. The South Rim is also home to the Dragoon Corridor, which is the deepest, and widest part of the Canyon. You'll get a great view of it when you take a helicopter tour. Like West Rim tours, buses will also stop off at the Hoover Dam.

Deluxe Tours

The basic bus tours carry around 40 passengers each trip, but there is a deluxe option you can choose instead. These uses smaller buses that carry only 12 people, so they are more comfortable and offer a more personalized experience.

Booking Online For The Best Deal

Booking online is not only convenient, but it will also allow for you to take advantage of the best tour deals. You'll find the lowest prices on the tour operator's website because there are no added fees and commissions from third party sellers tacked on. Just buy your tour online with your credit card, and you'll lock in your seat reservations and low price. Bus tours are popular so they can sell out in advance, so if you plan to take one over Thanksgiving, you should book your tour as soon as you can. Ideally, you should book two weeks in advance.


If you want a Thanksgiving to remember, book a fun bus tour filled with lots of amazing scenic views. You'll have a lot of choices when you select your tour, such as picking the rim, and opting for a deluxe or standard tour. Book online, book early, and use your credit card for the best deals and a confirmed booking. You won't forget a trip to the Canyon, and a ground tour from Vegas allows you to take it all in at your own pace.

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