There is nothing more exciting than seeing something up close that you have heard about for years. That is what happens when you join in one of the Grand Canyon bus tours. The Grand Canyon is a sight that will never be forgotten. Its fantastical geological formations, brilliant colors and astounding proportions are simply awe-inspiring.
If traveling the West Rim you will have a chance to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This spectacular creation is made of high strength glass and reaches out over the gorge itself. From this viewpoint you are suspended in air directly over the gorge and are able to look down and see all of its beauty.
Although you may feel some wind, there is no danger as the glass bridge can withstand winds up to 100 plus miles per hour. This will give you a chance to get some magnificent pictures that reveal the splendor of this most beautiful creation of nature. Looking down you will see, in the far distance, the mighty Colorado River as it snakes its way across the canyon floor.
Tour buses used are the latest models with excellent viewing windows and very comfortable seats. In addition, the driver who is well acquainted with the area, will give an excellent narration and answer any questions you might have. There are plenty of stops to allow pictures and explorations of the surrounding area. Most of the time you'll even get a chance to stop of Hoover Dam for photos.
In planning a bus trip you have a choice of visiting the West Rim or the South Rim with many different options available. This would include things such as an overnight tour, complimentary lunch or other offers. Understand that most day trips require a full day. South Rim tours in particular take upwards of 15 hours. This is due to the fact that this rim is more than 250 miles from Vegas and requires a one-way drive time of 2.5 hours.
This gorge has a long history and has been occupied by many different people. Most noted are the Native Americans, some of whom currently own land near the canyon. In the various stops you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of the excellent native art as well as talk to them about the local area.
Following these Native Americans, pioneers settled the area. Around the turn of the 20th century, Grand Canyon Village was built in order to accommodate tourists. In the beginning, the number of travelers topped 40,000 a year. Today, the total number of visitors is more than 5 million. Not too shabby considering the canyon was designated a U. S. National Park in 1919.
Everyone who has visited the area has been astounded at its beauty. While there you will see the colors change before your eyes as the sun moves across the sky. The shadows formed make the entire area seem to come alive and breathe. Speaking from experience, you'll want to take your time as you play spectator to one of nature's greatest dances. That's why bus tours fit the bill so well - they cruise the canyon at a leisurely pace and let you interact with the landscape, the native plants and the abundant free-range wildlife.