Best Las Vegas Bus Tours To Grand Canyon During Thanksgiving HolidayBest Las Vegas Bus Tours To Grand Canyon During Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is a great time to explore the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, NV. And the best way to do it is by bus. But don't wait until the last minute to book your tour as these coach trips tend to sell out fast during this holiday.

Las Vegas is perfect for doing a Canyon bus tour because you can visit the West Rim and the South Rim. The former is just 125 miles from The Strip, while the later is about 275 miles and requires a 5.5-hour road trip. Both go past Lake Mead and make photo stops at Hoover Dam.

West Rim

Trips to the West Rim leave once a day in the a. M. You can take a super basic tour that simply gets you to the Canyon or you can go with a package that lets you add on such extras as a helicopter ride to the bottom or a VIP pass to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Indeed, the basic tour is a great value but personally I prefer adding on side trips to the package, especially the Skywalk because it lets you walk some 70 feet over the edge until you are standing and 4,000 feet over the bottom. Further, the views from the Glass Bridge are incredible and a must-see.

Adding a helicopter to the mix is also a good value. The flight starts at the top of the canyon and drops in from the edge. Here forth you descend 3,500 feet to the bottom. It takes about 12 minutes and then you land and spend about 30 minutes on the bottom. If you like, you can upgrade further and include a boat ride down the majestic Colorado River.

South Rim

You can take a basic tour to this Rim and for most folks it's the best option. Like the West Rim tours, these also include lunch, driver/guide and all taxes, fees and surcharges (fixed price!). Upon arrival, you'll get up to 3 hours to explore the rim, which is plenty of time to check out all the key lookouts and landmarks.

Lots of travelers are now adding a South Rim helicopter ride to this package. It's the one that lasts 30 minutes and lets you go from the South Rim to the North Rim and back via the famous Dragoon Corridor, which is the Canyon's widest and deepest section.

These Vegas bus tours sell out fast. My recommendation is that you book yours online and in advance. Try to do it at least 72 hours or more prior to departure. That way you'll get seats. Further, you'll also get a great rate. Do understand that in order to get the incredibly low Internet price that you must complete the transaction online.


I hope this article on Las Vegas bus tours to the Grand Canyon proved helpful. If you go West Rim, consider upgrading to include a helicopter ride or the Skywalk or both. And at South Rim, definitely try to find the budget to do the one that includes a rim-to-rim helicopter ride. Finally, make sure to purchase your tour on the Internet. That way you'll be assured of getting the best rate.

by Rhegie Taylor
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