Up to a mile deep, 18 miles wide, and a jaw-dropping 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is a stupendous chasm in the Earth’s surface. In fact, it’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Every year, about five million people go there to feast their eyes.
Options
There are several options for exploring this huge but spectacular region. Grand Canyon motor coach tours are one of the most enjoyable, and they’re also one of the least expensive ways to visit the National Park. Better yet, bus tours are suitable for travelers of any age and physical condition. Here’s some important information about Grand Canyon bus tours:
First, before you choose a specific tour company, decide whether you’ll visit the South Rim or the West. The South Rim is famous for its mind-blowing natural beauty. Renowned Yavapai Point is just one of the wonderful lookouts at this rim. Grand Canyon West (the West Rim) is known more for thrills, adventure and excitement. Among other things, that’s where you’ll find the internationally acclaimed Grand Canyon Skywalk (the “Glass Bridge”).
Many tour companies operate Grand Canyon bus tours, so make sure to choose one that has a good reputation and offers safe but terrific tours. When you’re selecting your tour and tour operator, be aware that some companies run basic tours that take you to the main canyon highlights, while others have more extensive, deluxe versions. Some of the exciting add-on possibilities include:
• A 30-minute chopper flight from the South Rim to the North Rim and back;
• A float trip down the Colorado; and
• Landing at the top of the rim, where you’ll have more than two hours to explore.
A free shuttle bus service operated by the National Park runs at the South Rim. Half-day, all-day or overnight tours of the South Rim are available. Most of these motor coach tours include lunch; breakfast or dinner are also provided on all-day trips. For safety reasons, age and weight restrictions might apply to some of the more adventurous excursions. Travelers with mobility issues should be careful during these trips.