Las Vegas Excursions: Grand Canyon Bus Rides Through Christmas Holidays
by Belinda Shields
If you're going to be in Las Vegas this holiday season, then you should know that the Grand Canyon is just 120 miles away from the bright city. If you're looking for something different to do, why not take a bus tour to the National Park? Tours go to both the South Rim and the West Rim, so if you book soon, you could have a Christmas holiday like no other.
You can take a bus tour any day of the year, including Christmas Day, but the tours are popular and sell out fast.
Touring at the South Rim
Las Vegas is almost 300 miles from the South Rim, and the journey takes just over five hours. The South Rim is very beautiful, so these tours are in demand even though they are a long trip.
The South Rim tour will take you to Tusayan in Arizona. This small town is right outside the entrance to the National Park. Once there, you will have three hours to check out the scenery. Some of the highlights include Mather Point, Yaki Point, and of course there's the Grand Canyon Village. Arizona offers a different pace to West Rim, so if you're looking for something a little more intimate, then this tour could be for you.
Vegas Bus Tours To The West Rim
If you're short for time, or if you simply don't want to travel for an extended period, then you will be happy to know that it's only 2.5 hours from Las Vegas to the West Rim. On the way there, you can check out the Hoover Dam, which is just outside the city.
You can choose a deluxe or basic tour. The cost of the tour includes most of your expenses, including breakfast. Having an all-inclusive ticket removes any guesswork from your budget.
Like the South Rim, you will have around three hours to explore the West Rim. There are plenty of walking tracks and vantage points, such as Guano Point and Eagle Point. The West Rim is the most popular Grand Canyon destination, so there are even attractions like the Skywalk. You could purchase a ticket for this platform, and step out onto a transparent floor that is 4000 ft. above the bottom of the canyon, and 70 ft. over the edge. It's an exhilarating experience, and one that you should not miss at the West Rim.
Another fun upgrade option is to book a helicopter ride. One of the helicopter options is to fly down to the Canyon floor where you can hop on a boat and tour the Colorado River. With so much to see and do, and being so close to Vegas, it's no wonder that the West Rim is so incredibly popular.
Be Sure to Book Early
As already stated, these tours are very popular. They usually sell out in advance, so you need to book your tour in advance. Since Christmas in nearly here, you need to book now. It's convenient to buy your tour online with your credit card, plus you'll get the best rate that way and confirmation of your seats. Bus tours provide a full day of fun, so you'll want to set aside an entire day when you book your trip.
Remember that we're in the colder months, so dress warm, in layers. It will sometimes snow at the South Rim around this time of year, so check the weather before you travel, and dress appropriately.
Give you and your loved ones a special gift this Christmas. Visit the Grand Canyon. From Las Vegas, you have access to the South Rim and the West Rim, and the sights at both areas, are simply stunning. The West Rim is more suited to excitement, whereas the South Rim is more about the untouched and isolated natural beauty. Make your choice and book online, and prepare for a trip like no other.
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