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Grand Canyon South Coach Tours - Vegas Tours

You have been waiting on your family vacation time to get here and you just know that your plan will make for a very special time. You have a lot of options, but you wouldn't regret picking the stunning Grand Canyon. The least expensive way to go there is by taking one of the South Rim bus tours that leave from Las Vegas.

There is always the option of going to the canyon on a helicopter or in an airplane and you may even decide that you want to just take a rental car and drive on your own (this means is not recommended). Each of these methods has its good points, but taking a bus tour is the cheapest option. You will also get a boxed lunch, free pickup and drop off at your hotel, all fees, and a professional to drive you and be your guide when you take coach tours. They even stop at Hoover Dam to let you to take photos.

You should plan fifteen hours at least when you go on your South Rim bus trip because it will take all day. While this may sound like a very long trip, when you consider that it takes five and a half hours to and from Las Vegas, you should understand. There's plenty to see along the way, though, including Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Kaibab Plateau, fabled Route 66 and the Mojave Desert. The buses are climate-controlled and have comfortable seats, so the drive will be enjoyable.

Upgrades are a popular choice for those taking the South Rim bus tours because they can add a helicopter ride that will take them from the South Rim to the North Rim and return them back at the South Rim. During this 30-minute flight you'll see the Colorado River, Dragoon Corridor, Grand Canyon Village and Phantom Ranch. A lot of people taking these chopper flights say they're the highlight of their Grand Canyon visit.

Some companies have begun to offer Deluxe Grand Canyon bus tours to their customers. Instead of using large buses that seat more than 40, these deluxe tours use smaller, deluxe motor coaches (or customized vans) with seating limited to around 12 passengers. You will have to pay more for these trips but the experience will be more personal than those that you will take on the other bus trips. People have been known to refer to their driver, or guide, as their travel butler. Stops along the way are based on the passengers's desires.

People that take South Rim bus trips get about three hours to do what they like at the National Park. That typically gives them enough time. The bus will take a route that will allow you to see the Yavapai Point and Mather Point while you are riding on the bus. Your tour should also allow you to visit the Grand Canyon Village.

You will be able to visit museums, go to gift shops, and check out some of the restaurants (The Bright Angel Lodge is a favorite for many people).

You'll also have full access to the park's extensive shuttle system. You can catch these shuttle buses about every fifteen minutes for free and they will take you places that may not have been included in your bus tour. I recommend that you download a free copy of The Guide put out by the park service. It includes a handy map and schedule for the shuttle bus system. You can download it on the park's official website.

Using these coach tours to see all that you can at the Grand Canyon National Park is a great way to create wonderful memories for a reasonable price. While you should plan for the entire day to be taken up on the tour, the evening will be yours as you will be back on the Strip by about nine in the evening. The whole experience is so great that many people consider it to be one of the things that they simply must do when they are in Vegas. When you take your next trip to Las Vegas, be sure to include a Grand Canyon bus trip to South Rim on your list of things that you simply must do.


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