By Lea Fallon

If you’re planning a spring getaway to Vegas, you should add on a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. But which one? You’ll find many tour options but only a few are worth considering. The tours listed below are the five best tours as chosen by the readers of GCDT, which is a Grand Canyon travel deals website.

Number One Tour

The bus tour to the South Rim won the top spot. And by a huge margin. These tours have held the top spot for two years. Why? They offer value. They give you the most value of any bus tour.

The SR trip comes with everything including lunch, free pick up and drop off at all major Vegas hotels and all taxes and fees. The current price for these fun tours is around $80 per person. However, when the travel season picks up, the price will rise.

The number two rated bus tour is one that heads to the South Rim and includes an exciting helicopter tour once you are there. Personally, this is one of the editor’s favorites because the 30-minute rim-to-rim trip is one of the most outstanding things one can do at the National Park.

Chopper Flights

Specifically, this heli departs the Grand Canyon Airport and goes right through the Canyon en route to the mysterious North Rim before circling back to it’s home base via the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest section of the Canyon.

The third ranked bus tour is the basic West Rim tour. This is the best option if you don’t have much time to spend on a tour. Like the SR tours, it comes with everything, including a BBQ lunch prepared by the native peoples of the Hualapai Indian Tribe.

The number four tour is an upgrade of the basic West Rim tour that includes passes to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. If you would like to visit the Skywalk, it costs much less to get your tickets bundled into the bus tour rather than buying them separately once you get to the canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Over 250,000 people visit the Skywalk each year to see the man made wonder that was built in 2007 at a cost of $30 million. This glass bridge lets you walk 70 feet past the edge of the canyon and look down to the canyon floor 4000 feet beneath you.

Rounding out the top five motorcoach tours is the West Rim tour that includes a chopper descent to the canyon floor and a float trip on the river. Personally, this one is my favorite, especially because of the heli ride. How come? Because this is the ONLY place where you can fly below the rim and land.

Vegas bus tours are super popular and I advise all who want to do them to book them in advance. It is a very bad idea to try to get seats at the last minute. It is best to avoid booking tours with less than 48 hours notice. The reason for this is twofold: 1) You’ll end up paying more, and 2) there’s a strong probability that you’ll end up not getting on the tour because it’s sold out.

Summary

The tours mentioned above were ranked by readers of the GCDT website that offers all kinds of information about bus tours to the canyon. Remember you get to choose between tours to the West Rim and South Rim. Deciding which rim to visit is your primary goal. Then book your seats ahead of time. Don’t wait too long to get your seats or you might be disappointed.

Travel reporter Lea Fallon is a big fan of this Grand Canyon website: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/ Specifically because of this page on Las Vegas bus tours: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/compare-grand-canyon-bus-tours

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By Lea Fallon If you're planning a spring getaway to Vegas, you should add on a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. But which one? You'll find many tour options but only a few are worth considering. The tours listed below are the five best tours as chosen by the...