by Belinda Shields
Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Christmas holiday, and one thing you may not realize is that’s it’s close to the Grand Canyon too, at only 120 miles away. A bus tour to the National Park would be a great way to spend a day with the family. 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.
Bus tours operate throughout the season, including Christmas Day itself, but they fill up fast, so book soon if you want to go over Christmas.
South Rim Bus Tours
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’d prefer a shorter ride, then you’ll want to choose a West Rim bus trip since you can get there from Vegas in about 2 ? hours. You’ll even get to see the massive Hoover Dam as your tour bus heads to the Canyon.
These tours are available in a basic or deluxe version. The tour comes with breakfast and all other fees included. An all-inclusive tour means you won’t have any surprise charges in the middle of your trip.
At the West Rim, you’ll have three hours to explore. There are plenty of walking tracks and vantage points, such as Guano Point and Eagle Point. The West Rim is the most popular Canyon destination, so there are even attractions like the Skywalk. You can add the tickets to your tour and walk on the glass bridge while you’re suspended 4000 feet above the bottom of the Canyon and 70 feet past the rim. 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.
The weather can be unpredictable this time of year, and since it can get cold, you want to dress in warm layers. It can even be snowy at the South Rim during the Christmas season, so check the weather forecast before you leave on your tour so you can dress appropriately.
Give you and your loved ones a special gift this Christmas. Book a scenic bus tour to the Canyon. From 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. Better hurry and pick your tour so you can book it online, that way you can lock in your seats on the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with your family.
About the author:
Grand Canyon National Park travel professional B. Shields suggests these West Rim/Skywalk coach tours and these journeys which go to the South Rim from Las Vegas: http://grandcanyondaytrips.com/bus/south-rim/