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Grand Canyon: 5 Reasons to Take a Bus Tour to the South Rim

Best way to get from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon South Rim? Take a deluxe tour bus. It’s easily the thriftiest way to see the National Park. If its not yet on your list of Sin City day trips, here are five reasons why it should be:

1. The views are incredible – This is the Rim you see in National Geographic. Mather Point, Yaki Point, Yavapai Observation Station and more are here, giving you unparalleled views of the Canyon below. And, if you are so inclined, there are trails that take you under the rim (Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail).

2. The drivers are great tour guides – Professionally trained, these folks know the road like the back of their hands, providing entertaining and informational insights on the way that you won’t get anywhere else. Don’t forget to tip.

3. The luxury bus is fun – These are state-of-the-art motor coaches with lounge-style seats, TV’s, and over-sized windows. The ride is smooth and comfortable. Perfect for family vacations, group activities, and special events. It’s a long drive. Why not leave the work to someone else?

4. The souvenir shopping is phenomenal – If you are looking for a great gift shop, the one inside the Bright Angel Lodge is the one. Hats, t-shirts, minerals, DVDs, daypacks, magnets, food specialties. For Native American handicrafts, check out Hopi House. Fine art is available at Kolb Studio.

5. It’s cheap – Tours start at $80 per person and include lunch, guide, and up to three hours at the Rim. On the way, you’ll see Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, where you’ll get off the bus to take photos. There are several stops along the way where you can get out and stretch your legs, too. Now that’s a bargain!

This bus tour is an all-day trip that takes 15 hours to complete. Tours, which include pick up and drop off at your Las Vegas hotel, depart at 7 a.m. The rim is 277 miles east of Las Vegas and one-way drive time is 5.5 hours (time flies on these deluxe motor coaches).

Dress for the season. Summer means shorts, running shoes, t-shirts and hats. Bring sunscreen and water, too. Elevation at the canyon is 6,000 feet. During winter, it gets cold. Snow is not uncommon. Dress warmly in layers, and wear a hat, medium-weight jacket, pants, gloves, and close-toed shoes or boots.

Book your South Rim bus tour in advance. This trip is insanely popular and travelers often can’t get a seat on same-day bookings. The cheapest prices are on the Web, with the best deals saving you up to 35% off. I’ve booked with the top three bus tour companies and can vouch that their websites are safe and secure. These sites can pretty much process all credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

Las Vegas Grand Canyon South Rim bus tours are by far the cheapest way to see the National Park. The motor coach of today is designed for comfort, and makes the drive a pleasure. And why shouldn’t it be? You’re on vacation. Let a professional driver-guide do the work. This is an all-inclusive bus tour: Park fees, lunch, gas, guide, driver, and hotel-shuttle service are all part of the package. Add it all together and the South Rim bus tour can’t be beat.

Travel expert Keith Kravitz covers the Grand Canyon tour industry. If you found this article helpful, check out his South Rim bus tour reviews at: