Grand Canyon – Bus Tours During Spring Break 2013
Spring is in the air and it is time for a Spring Break getaway to the spectacular Grand Canyon. Travelers in the know advise making plans early if you want to take a bus tour of the Grand Canyon on Spring Break. Motor coach tours are incredibly popular among vacationers so if you don’t reserve your seats early, you may have difficulty getting tickets.
West Rim and South Rim Grand Canyon bus tours are scheduled every day. You can begin your trip in Las Vegas, Nevada or Phoenix, Arizona. You can book a bus tour to the South Rim from either city, but if you want to take a bus to the West Rim, you have to leave from Las Vegas. You have to choose which rim you want to visit because no bus tour takes you to both rims. You can probably book an overnight motor coach tour, but there aren’t as many of those available as day trips.
As I mentioned above, Las Vegas tours go to the South Rim or the West Rim. A lot of people choose the South Rim because it is scenic, affordable, and all-inclusive. That means most fees are included in the price such as breakfast, lunch, shuttle service to and from your hotel on the Strip, and fees at the National Park. The bus driver is also your tour guide and keeps you entertained and informed throughout your tour.
It’s a glorious all-day experience. You’ll drive by Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West before arriving at the National Park. Normally you’ll have about three hours of free time at the Rim for exploring. Most people tell me they think that’s plenty of time.
You have different options to choose from when selecting a fun bus tour, and one in particular is very popular. After arriving at the Rim, you’ll board a chopper for an exhilarating rim-to-rim flight. It is an add-on that costs more but you get to fly over the widest and deepest portion of the canyon called the Dragoon Corridor. I think this experience alone is well worth the extra cost!
You can also choose an all-inclusive, day-long bus tour to the West Rim, but the drive is shorter since it is a lot closer to Vegas. These tours give you plenty of time to explore the canyon, plus they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel on the Strip. While you’re there you can see West Rim highlights like:
– Guano Point
– Eagle Point
– The interesting Indian Cultural Center
– The Hualapai Ranch
Here are some more exciting adventures you can add to your bus tour package:
– Passes to walk on the glass bridge Skywalk
– A chopper flight that lands on the canyon’s bottom
– A meandering float trip on the mighty Colorado River
Grand Canyon West is owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe and they plan to add a VIP lounge with scenic views, gift shops, and a new hotel.
Since both South and West Rim tours are so popular during Spring Break, remember, you must book your trip well in advance. Try not to wait later than a week in advance to get your tickets, this is very important if you are traveling with a group of friends. If you wait too long, you may get disappointed. These tours often sell out.
It is also a good idea to book your bus tour online. By looking on tour company websites, you will find the best discounts available. They’re in the best position to offer the lowest prices. You could get as much as 35% off the price of your tour!
To get the steep Internet discount though, you have to conduct your entire transaction online. You’ll pay full price if you don’t, so this is an important point to remember.