If you’re looking for something fun to do over the 4th of July holiday, then you should consider heading to Vegas to celebrate, and while there, you can take a scenic bus tour of the Grand Canyon to top off your vacation in style. There are daily tours out of Vegas that go to the West or South Rim. It’s a good idea to book your bus tour in advance because they are very popular, especially during this time of year when more people take vacations.
Touring By Bus
Bus tours last the whole day, so you’ll depart around 7am and get back to Vegas around 9pm. Because of that, it may not be a good idea to make plans for a dinner out or a show on the same day as your tour. There could even be some unforeseen circumstance that causes your bus to leave or return later than usual and that would disrupt your evening plans if you make them.
The buses go to either the West or South Rim, and the trip to the West Rim is shorter at 125 miles, while the South Rim is longer at 277 miles. Both of the bus tours use the same route out of Vegas that goes by the Hoover Dam, and the buses make a quick stop there to take photos and let you stretch your legs.
Quick Note: While you’ll get a chance to see the Hoover Dam, you won’t stay long enough to explore the area, so if you want to take a nice tour of the Dam, be sure to schedule a separate tour you can take on a different day.
If you book a tour to the West Rim, after seeing the Hoover Dam, your bus heads to the rim and the Skywalk complex. The buses that tour the South Rim keep diving into Arizona until they get to Tusayan, which is by the gates of the National Park. The bus tours are all-inclusive, which means your park entry fee and all other fees and taxes are paid for upfront in the cost of your tour.
West Rim Tours
Once you depart your bus at the West Rim, you’ll have about 2.5 hours to explore on foot. One convenient way to see the area is to book a shuttle ride that goes between Eagle and Guano Points. The shuttle ride is not included in your tour since it is an optional experience, but it is a nice way to view the area more quickly and see some scenic views.
Another thing you want to do at the West Rim is visit the Skywalk, and the tickets to it are extra, but you can buy them once you get to the Canyon. On the other hand, if you are certain you’ll want to experience the Skywalk, then you can go ahead and add the ticket upgrade to your tour package and pay for it when you buy your tour.
The Skywalk is one of the most famous attractions at the Canyon and it is a big draw with visitors to Vegas. The Skywalk is a huge bridge made of glass that juts out 70 feet past the edge of the rim so you can walk beyond the Canyon and look through the floor 4000 feet to the ground below you.
The South Rim
The tours of the South Rim allot you about 2 1/2 hours to explore also. Highlights of your South Rim tour include scenic views from Mather, Yavapai, and Yaki Points. There is also an interesting village you can visit to shop for crafts and souvenirs and enjoy a meal at a nice restaurant. Be sure to visit Hopi House while you’re there.
The tour buses are comfortable and complete with many luxuries, including on-board Wi-Fi. Your all-inclusive tour not only covers taxes and fees, it also provides you with lunch.
You can book a basic tour if you just want the sightseeing experience, or you can upgrade your tour to include other activities like taking a helicopter flight over the Canyon. No matter which rim you visit, you can put together a great tour, so there is no bad choice when it comes to seeing the Canyon. Also, if you plan to book a tour during the Fourth of July holiday period, you definitely want to buy your tickets as soon as possible, because Vegas bus tours will sell out fast, and then you’ll miss your chance to see one of America’s most beautiful natural landmarks.