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Las Vegas Grand Canyon Coach Tour Review

Author : Keith Kravitz   Top Author

It is not a holiday in Las Vegas if you don't check out the West Rim of the Grand Canyon by tour bus. Not long ago I booked a prolonged version of this trip and I was totally satisfied. Here is a writeup on my trip:

The bus operator planned to pick me up at 7 a.m. I was fine with that. The slot machines were clobbering me. The shuttle service was directly on time. I joined other passengers for a coffee and a pastry and off we went.

Today's luxury bus is a marvel of automotive technological know-how. These coaches are luxurious, $500,000 machines. Mine was furnished with plush seats, personal climate-control stations, a squeaky clean rest room, and seven TVs that played a documentary film about the West Rim.

Everyone of us got a set of headphones. I used mine to listen to a pre-recorded tour narration. It was fascinating. I felt it substantially improved my experience. Other "extras" that I felt mattered was the the food tray, fold out seat arm and cup holder. This stuff may appear unimportant but I found them very beneficial.

The West Rim is 120 miles beyond Vegas. Usually takes about 2.5 hours to get there. The first part of the drive takes in Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. My tour bundled a photo stop at the Dam on the Arizona side. Simply mind boggling how far the lake level moved down. The view you get of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is quite phenomenal from here as well.

The very last 10 miles of the ride was on a hard dirt road. The bus I was on drove it like it owned it. I thought to myself, "I would not want to drive this stretch myself." I have to give props to our driver for adeptly driving it.

My bus excursion included a heli ride and boat trip. Other choices incorporate Glass Bridge passes, a boat ride and a basic ground tour of the rim.

I switched over to the heli and made the 4,000-foot descent to the bottom. It truly was remarkable. I'd describe it as one enormous canyon carve. At the foundation, I enjoyed a Champagne picnic. Then I embarked on my Grand Canyon rafting trip, which ended up being an absolutely enjoyable smooth-water float ride down Colorado River.

I rejoined my fellow bus travelers at the top of the rim. I overheard a couple from the U.K. rave about Eagle Point and Guano Point. My seatmate announced how brilliant the Sky Walk was, showing me a photo of her "catching air" on it.

Buy your canyon bus tours from Las Vegas on the web. There are plenty of operators around who want your business. Thus the price wars. That said, try to make sure your package has a stop at the Dam. Scheduling beforehand should also help get you the very best rate.

These Grand Canyon tour bus trips to the West Rim last a half day. If one makes plans in Vegas for the evening, it is advisable to push them to 8 p.m. Be conservative on this. I was very content with my bus journey. I saw everything as promised and much more, and give my my road trip two thumbs up.

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Tags:   grand canyon, bus, tours, west rim, south rim, national park, las vegas, vegas, trip, tours, vacation, travel

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