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Grand Canyon South Rim By Tour Bus

Author : Keith Kravitz   Top Author

Visiting Las Vegas and thinking about adding a day trip to the Grand Canyon's South Rim?

Good choice. Between the South Rim and the West Rim, it's the former is famous for it's incredible natural splendor.

What's the best way to get there if you are on a budget? By tour bus, of course.

The purchase price per person ranges from $80 to $160 based on where you book your trip. I suggest you shop the Internet for the best deal. The link at the bottom of this article will take you to a page where I go more in-depth on pricing.

Forget your old impressions of buses. These are new and ultra-modern. They are state-of-the-art vehicles, and they come pre-loaded with the following:

1. Bathroom

2. VCR's

3. Plush, lounge-style seats

4. Lots of leg room

5. Comfortable arm rests

6. Climate control (air conditioning and heat)

7. Giant viewing windows

Most bus tours, which hit the road around 7 a.m., include free hotel pick up and drop off, as well as a complimentary box lunch (we've tried them all and they're quite tasty).

The trip to the South Rim is packed with famous sights. Highlights include Lake Mead, Hoover Dam (check to see if your tour includes a photo stop), the Colorado River, and majestic Black Canyon, home to many of Nevada's beautiful Big Horn Sheep.

The scenery changes significantly when you arrive at the gates of Grand Canyon National Park. It's situated on the Kaibab Plateau, home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world.

Inside the Park, you'll head to Bright Angel Lodge, which is the hub for all things in historic Grand Canyon Village. Built in the 1930's, the Lodge is the anchor for a number of excellent restaurants, museums, more accommodations, and the amazingly resilient Bucky O'Neil Cabin, which owns the distinction of being the oldest building on the South Rim.

From the Lodge, it's easy to hop aboard one of the Park's many fine free shuttle buses to visit such exciting lookouts like Mather Point, Yaki Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and more. Typically, tours allot three hours look around the South Rim and Grand Canyon Village (plenty of time).

Here are a couple of canyon facts that I think will enhance your South Rim experience:

1. It took the Colorado River 5.4 million years to make the Grand Canyon.

2. The widest point in the canyon is 18 miles. Lengthwise, it's 277 miles. It's depth reaches more than one mile.

3. At 8,200 feet (2,500 m) above sea level, the North Rim is 1,200 feet (350 m) higher than the South Rim.

4. It became a National Park in 1919.

5. Five Million visitors annually.

6. Five Indian tribes call the canyon home.

Going back to Vegas, you'll most likely make a stop at the town of Kingman, AZ. It's most famous for the piece of Route 66 that runs through it. Otherwise, it's a good spot to get off the bus, stretch your legs, grab a snack, or have a smoke. You'll then head back over Hoover Dam, skirt by Boulder City, and then drop down into the Vegas valley.

Trip duration from the time you are picked up to the time your are dropped off at your hotel is about 14 hours.

If you've longed to discover the magnificence of the South Rim, consider booking a trip with one of Las Vegas' many tour bus operators. Tours run daily, seven days a week. The price is more than affordable, but it gets even better if you book your tour via the Internet. Now there's no excuse to leave this Seventh Wonder of the World on your "bucket list" anymore.

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Travel writer Keith Kravitz reviews Grand Canyon tours. Use this link to see his Top 3 Grand Canyon bus tours to the South Rim

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