Grand Canyon Tours – New Years Adventures From Las Vegas
New Year’s holidays in Las Vegas are a great way to ring in 2014. But if you really want to make it a trip to remember, consider going on a day trip to the Grand Canyon.
Yes, the Grand Canyon.
I know it sounds odd at first but in actuality it’s very realistic. See, the National Park is just 120 miles away from Vegas, making it one of Sin City’s most sought after things to do.
So how does one go about visiting the Canyon, right?
Well, there are numerous ways, but the most popular include bus tours, airplane flights and helicopter rides. In addition, there are jeep tours, walking tours, and ATV adventures. But for the purpose of this article, we’ll stick to the top 3.
Bus tours go to the West Rim and the South Rim. The West Rim is closest, and it’s also home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The South Rim is the farthest (some 277 miles east), but it’s the place to go for natural scenic beauty. Do note that bus trips leave once a day and that they only pause at Hoover Dam for photos.
Airplane tours get you to the West Rim in 30 minutes and the South Rim in 60. I’m partial to these trips especially when I’m on a budget and have to get to the Canyon fast. I also prefer them when it comes to getting to the South Rim. As noted, it takes an hour. Compared to a 5.5-hour bus ride, it’s like riding a Cheetah.
Then there are helicopter rides. These only go to the West Rim because the South is too far away. You can fly over the Canyon in a heli or you can land at the top or bottom. The more exciting of the two is the one that goes to the base for a Champagne lunch. Personally, the descent alone is worth the price of admission, so to speak.
The great thing about these Las Vegas tours is that they are all-inclusive. This means they come with everything you need as a traveler, including hotel pick up and drop off, lunch (excluding air-only trips) and all Park entrance fees and fuel surcharges. Or, to rephrase, the price you pay at online checkout is the final price and nothing more.
It’s going to be cold in Vegas during the New Year’s holidays and the same can be said for the Canyon. Heed this and dress for temperatures that could reach freezing. The nice thing is the day does heat up as time goes on but there’s not guarantee that it will so dress accordingly. One thing I strongly recommend is a good jacket. And if you can, make sure to bring a hat and gloves.
I mentioned online checkout earlier, which leads me to price. The best deals are on the Web. Just don’t delegate too much time to save a few bucks. You’ll go crazy and remember that your time has value, too. Be consoled that the price you do find on the Internet is very competitive and that you’ve taken an extra step that few in your shoes have.